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Welcome to J-L Groux’s chaotic world of master blending to create the best Niagara wines he possibly can at Stratus

Niagara wines

By Rick VanSickle

Winemaker J-L Groux (above) spends an inordinate amount of time carving up the Stratus Vineyard into chaotic little pieces only to be put them all back together again in a much more cohesive fashion. Continue reading

Fallout from Comeau decision: “Canada has suffered a great loss” plus, what’s next for freeing the grapes in Canada

Canadian wine

By Rick VanSickle

“The people of Canada have suffered a great loss,” is how Niagara’s Hidden Bench vigneron and proprietor Harald Thiel described the Supreme Court decision yesterday to maintain the freeze on the free flow of beer and wine across provincial borders. Continue reading

UPDATED: Canadian wineries ‘disappointed’ in ruling restricting free trade of wine and beer across provincial borders

Canada wine

The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and its members today expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on Her Majesty the Queen v. Gerard Comeau. The case challenged restrictions on interprovincial trade, an issue the CVA has been working on for over a decade. Continue reading

Aspirational Okanagan wineries form new group to collaborate and raise profile for B.C. wines

B.C. wines

Seven leading B.C. wineries, including 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Haywire Wines, Liquidity Wines, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Poplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery, have formed a partnership called the Okanagan Wine Initiative. Continue reading

Ontario Wine Wire: Let’s paint Niagara pink, plus … It’s a beer! It’s a wine! It’s a Revolution! (and so much more)

Ontario Wine

By Rick VanSickle

On the Wine Wire this week we look at an interesting marriage of Niagara grape and Toronto grain; we muse about a Pink Revolution; new Social Lite flavours; apple tree giveaway; and re-election of GGO board. Continue reading

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