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Mike Lowe sips and noshes his way through the Niagara Food and Wine Expo


By Mike Lowe

The third annual Niagara Food and Wine Expo kicked off Friday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Although many attendees on Friday night agreed that the show seemed a bit smaller in terms of the number of exhibitors, there are still many palate-pleasing options to whet the appetite and slake one’s thirst. Continue reading

UPDATED: Ontario’s best wines (well, most of them) come under scrutiny at the top provincial wine competition


The past two weekends a panel of 12 judges and several volunteers gathered at Crush Wine Bar to assess over 500 wines from 73 different Ontario wineries. Continue reading

The spring wine releases from Niagara’s Reif, Riverview, Inniskillin and King’s Court


Spring has sprung and wineries in Niagara are releasing their aromatic white wines (and some reds) at an alarming rate as the annual onslaught of thirsty visitors pour into the region. Continue reading

A new Niagara brand is born, Back 10 Cellars, plus reviews for G. Marquis Vineyard wines


The stories of small winemakers in Niagara are endless and how they got to be where they are is as varied as the wines they choose to make. Continue reading

Launch of 2013 Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

Note: With fewer and fewer wine competitions out there for Canadian wines, it’s refreshing to hear that a new tradition continues to show the flag for Ontario wines.

The 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards is sending out a call for Ontario wineries to get their wines submitted for judging. This is the news release:


The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines.

Aiming to promote Ontario viticulture and winemaking, this awards program recognizes and honours VQA Ontario wines that are made from 100% Ontario-grown and processed grapes. In this unique competition, all wines compete against each other, with eight to 12 being chosen for their excellence, regardless of vintage or varietal.

-1This awards program is grateful for the continued support of the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario, the Grape Growers of Ontario, and the Wine Council of Ontario.

The awards are administered by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with wines being adjudicated by expert judges recommended by the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College.

Since its inception in 2011, this annual contest has been enthusiastically received by Ontario’s wine industry, with 535 individual wines having been submitted to date.

Up to four wines may be submitted per winery, and there is no charge to enter. All submitted wines must be commercially available.

For more information, and to fill out an entry form, visit here.

2013 competition timeline

April 15–May 10

Entry form submission period

May 16-17

Bottle drop-off


Announcement of winners

Early July

Consular Corps wine tour Award presentation ceremony


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