You wouldn’t know by looking at him that Richie Roberts, winemaker at the Beamsville Bench winery Fielding Estate, is a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Otherwise, why would he be smiling all the time? Recent fortunes aside, the Leafs are not exactly smile-inducing and haven’t been for quite some time. Continue reading
By Rick VanSickle/Publisher of Wines In Niagara
This past summer I was witness to the chaos that is a Thomas Bachelder blending session. The mad scientist winemaker flipped through barrel samples of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays taking mental notes as he zipped from one oak barrique to the next. Continue reading
Tasting an ocean of wine every year is kind of what I do. Winery after winery, sample after sample, sip after sip: swirl, sniff, taste, assess and spit. Next. Continue reading
By Rick VanSickle/Publisher Wines In Niagara
This is NOT the definitive list of the top wines released in British Columbia in 2015, no, not by a long stretch. But these are the most exciting wines that I tasted from the province in 2015. Continue reading
Tawse Estate Winery is one of the last in Niagara to release its Chardonnays from the 2012 vintage and, once again, winemaker Paul Pender has managed to showcase some stunning wines. Also in this report, we explore new wines from both Tawse and sister winery Redstone.