The sophomore vintage from Rockway Vineyards, plus Charles Baker’s single-vineyard Rieslings and Niagara releases at Vintages on Saturday

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The sophomore vintage from young winemaker David Stasiuk at the remarkably revamped Rockway Vineyards continues to build on a portfolio virtually remade from the ground up. Continue reading

The nose knows: The expressive aromatics of Canadian white wines and what makes them so special

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As an impressionable neophyte weaned on the flowery yet oddly explicit ramblings of one Robert M. Parker the words always leaped out at me: acacia blossoms, candied oranges, botrytis, lychee, rosewater, verbena, quinine, bergamot, herbal tea, metallic shavings, cardamom, Louisiana steamed crawdads (I’m not kidding, it was a1999 Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbul Gewurztraminer), spicy rosewater, smoky fennel, jellied apricot, almond cookie dough, creamed raspberries and gravel, yes, gravel! Continue reading

A stellar Cabernet Franc from Pillitteri and Foreign Affair’s Conspiracy lead the charge at the Vintages release; plus Ravine, 13th Street Detour, Kacaba and Haywire

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The “nearly” Valentine’s Day wine release at Vintages on Feb. 15 features some gems from Niagara including a Cabernet Franc that’s not to missed. Continue reading

Grand tasting format for the Cuvée Gala 2014 in Niagara Falls offers guests the best of Wine Country Ontario

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NOTE: Cuvée, a celebration of Ontario wine and cuisine, is coming up fast. Here’s what you need to know if you plan on taking in the festivities. Information provided by the organizers. Continue reading

It’s an Instagram world, folks … and here’s how it looked through various filters from 12 months of wine and food in Niagara

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Note: This was originally published in Wine Tidings, now called Quench, as a year-ender based on my Instagram feed. I know it’s kind of dated now, but decided to post here anyway.

I’m scanning through my Instagram feed from the year that was in wine, or at least how it was for this one guy. It is a vinous wasteland of too many half-drunk bottles of wine and witty (at least to me) little comments tailored to a Twitter audience of like-minded people. Continue reading