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Top 25 Most Thrilling Niagara Wines for 2015: Bachelder Wismer Chardonnay, Stratus Red Wines of the Year

wines of year 2015

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

Six wines (not from Niagara) that rocked my world in 2015


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

The Top 10 B.C. Red and White Wines of the Year



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

A peek inside the upcoming wines from Niagara’s Tawse and sister winery Redstone

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.

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The “Game Changer” optical grape sorter at Vineland Estates earns Premier’s Award


Vineland Estates Winery was recognized as a one of three provincial Leaders in Innovation at the 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation presented on Nov. 18.  Continue reading

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