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Hinterbrook’s debut Riesling, other Niagara wines released at Vintages Saturday

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The first release of the year at Vintages gets off to a solid start for local Niagara wines with a good selection of varieties and wineries. Continue reading

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Wines from the Okanagan’s Tinhorn, Joie Farm and Stag’s Hollow in review

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Oliver, in the South Okanagan Valley, produces some of B.C.’s richest, most complex and ripest red wines. The extreme heat in the summer brings the key red varietals to maturity quickly, making for some very fine Bordeaux-style blends and single-varietal reds in most vintages. Continue reading

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Bradshaw joins the winemaking team at Niagara’s Strewn Winery

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I’m walking through the winery at Strewn with Aussie winemaker Marc Bradshaw, recently hired as associate winemaker, and we’re tasting this, that and the other thing from various tanks and barrels. Continue reading

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An insider’s look at the first icewine harvest of the year in Niagara

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Note: We followed the 2011 grape harvest in Niagara through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the last post from Melissa Smits, a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is her final report, on the icewine harvest, to wrap up our series. Continue reading

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Let the icewine harvest begin! Henry of Pelham brings in the sweet stuff

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The first icewine grapes of the 2011 season, at least that I am aware of, were picked Thursday morning when temperatures dropped below -8 in the vineyards of Henry Pelham. Continue reading