#OldNiagara, Part IV: An amazingly fresh late harvest Riesling 1989 from one of Niagara’s most famous and historic properties: Vineland’s St. Urban Vineyard

VE wideOne thing is becoming abundantly clear as I explore the older vintages of Niagara’s classic wines. The memories of those who made them aren’t as clear as they once were and detailed winemaking notes just don’t exist like they do with today’s wines. Continue reading

LCBO gearing up for big September local release, but there are a few gems available Saturday, plus a great Pinot Noir from Sperling Vineyards (B.C.)

ann copyThe last release of August at Vintages features a sparse selection of Ontario wines as our government monopoly mega-retailer gears up for it largest promotion of Ontario wines coming in September. Continue reading

The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in review: ‘In one sense we are all Burgundians now,’

photoIt’s been around since the Middle Ages, a long-standing member of the wine aristocracy, and it has held its noble head up high through the centuries despite periods of downright mediocrity. Continue reading

#OldNiagara, Part III: Konzelmann Johannisberg Riesling 1990, a ‘diamond’ in the rough

kmainHerbert Konzelmann is a fourth generation wine-maker and the first in the family to leave Germany in search of the next perfect spot to grow grapes. Continue reading

Updated: Dear, Kathleen Wynne: New report shows you can make more money, give us better choice and better prices on booze if you privatize the LCBO — let’s do this

lcboMaybe now Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will listen. Maybe, just maybe, this government will pull their heads out of the sand for a minute or two and listen to smart people with even smarter conclusions on why privatization is good for everyone in Ontario. Continue reading