Tweaking the names and wines at Rennie Estate Winery on Niagara’s Beamsville Bench; 2011s released

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Niagara vigneron Graham Rennie was tasting his 2010 Scarpa, a Ripasso-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with a good Italian fellow a little while back. Continue reading

Walk a mile in Flat Rock Cellars’ Ed Madronich’s boots and you just might learn a thing or two about Niagara Pinot

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You’d be hard pressed to find another vintner in Niagara who spends as much time in the dirt, literally IN THE DIRT, as Flat Rock Cellar proprietor Ed Madronich. Continue reading

Pillitteri, Inniskillin both report healthy icewine harvest, Brock announces VineAlert program

Richard Slingerland examining Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine during harvest

Note: It would appear icewine and late harvest wines have recovered from a downward trend since 2007. Continue reading

Niagara’s Most Thrilling Red, White, Sweet and Sparkling Wines of 2013, plus top red and white wines of the year


It is one of the most frustrating exercises of the year. Poring over reviews from the past 12 months and trying to recall from the hundreds and hundreds of Niagara wines that were tasted which ones left such an indelible impression that they make this arbitrary “best-of” list. Continue reading

Come celebrate the frozen grape with the annual Niagara Icewine Festival in January: What you need to know

WINE COUNTRY ONTARIO - Early Icewine harvest in Wine Country

Note: The Niagara Icewine Festival is coming next month. Here’s what you need to know from a news release issued Dec. 16. Continue reading