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2027 Cellars planning full portfolio of Rieslings, Chards and Pinots for 2011. Future looks bright

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Featherstone Estate Winery is a madhouse of activity on a blustery fall day during one of the weirdest harvests Niagara has seen in quite a while.

Inside the winery itself, cellar workers are cleaning tanks, fixing hoses, checking ferments and patiently waiting for the next load of grapes to arrive on the crushpad. Whether they get a load on a day when rain threatens in every direction is entirely up to Mother Nature. It’s simple now in Niagara with the deluge experienced here: No rain, pick. But at the first sign of dry weather, it’s grab what you can. It’s a race against time now. Continue reading

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Niagara Grape Harvest 2011 (Part XII), tonnage up and still bringing in fruit at Henry of Pelham

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Note: We are following the 2011 grape harvest in Niagara through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the fifth post from Melissa Smits (in above photo), a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is Part XII of our #Harvest2011 reports. Continue reading

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Alvento, home of quality red blends, Viognier and Nebbiolo, told to sell winery

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It is a sad end to a rather wonderful chapter in Niagara wineries.

The delightful, warm and dedicated couple, Bruno Moos and Elyane Moos Grenier, along with their partner, Morrie Neiss, have ended their feud over the ownership of the Alvento Winery in Vineland, with a judge ruling that the 50-50 partners must sell the winery and vineyards and go their separate ways, Elyane told me today. I have not seen the court order and do not know all the details, but I can say that it is a devastating development for the Moos. Continue reading

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Charles Baker’s Riesling project debuts the Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2010, adding a second vineyard to the portfolio

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Charles Baker spends most of his time marketing and selling the wines of Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards. It’s a pretty sweet job that takes him on the road constantly to show the portfolio to sommeliers and restaurateurs  across the province.

It’s safe to say that Baker is a busy guy. But he still finds time to produce a nifty little Riesling that he carefully sources from choice Niagara fruit and bottles it under his own name. It’s made and sold at Stratus but it’s Baker who decides on fruit, style, yields and where to source what he feels are the best Riesling grapes in the region. Continue reading

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Another Prince Edward County wine adventure: Karlo, Hinterland, Old Third, Huff, Closson Chase, Rosehall Run

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HILLIER, Prince Edward County, Ont. — We’re making our way down the winding and twisting back roads of Prince Edward County, passing dairy farms, cash crops and fallow fields at a speedy clip. I’m with Suresh Doss, publisher of Spotlight Toronto, who knows these roads and this region better than most. Continue reading