Two heads are better than one: A spirit that lifts the spirits


By Michael Lowe

What happens when two entities that share a common interest put their heads together? Wonderful things, that’s what.

As a longtime customer of Casa Mia Ristorante in Niagara Falls, Ont., I was already well aware of the establishment’s sense of community and willingness to step in to help worthy causes. The restaurant has hosted many events aimed at raising money for local charities. What I was not aware of was the level of involvement in charitable work taken on by well known tequila maker Patrón. Continue reading

Bubbles and Icewine from Henry of Pelham (what’s not to like?) plus a great Old Vines Riesling from Chateau des Charmes

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An awful lot of sparkling wine gets spilled at this time of the year. By “spilled,” I mean ingested, and by “this time of year,” I’m talking about the holiday season. In case you’ve missed the non-stop radio ads, the mall crush, and the flood of Christmas gift suggestions flooding our in-boxes that started the day after Halloween, we are firmly into the holiday season. So ho, ho, ho, to all. Continue reading


Top wines from Le Clos Jordanne, Stratus lead glitzy pack of Christmas wines released at Vintages Saturday


Yes, it is the holly-jolly season, and the folks at the LCBO/Vintages are releasing some of the more glitzy bottles for wine lovers to put under the tree this Christmas.

Le Clos Jordanne has both of their top whites and reds in this release, set for Saturday, and Stratus chimes in with a pair of delicious wines, including a red from the fabulous 2007 vintage. There are some other treats to consider as well. Continue reading


Inniskillin’s exciting new Legacy Riesling plus Hinterbrook oak-aged wines, and a new Alvento wine (that we may never get to buy)


It’s not like Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson (in photo above) needs to prove himself in Niagara.

His 20-year in career in the Okanagan Valley making wine has already established himself as one of the top winemakers in the country. When he arrived in Niagara, where his roots started, in January 2007 to take the reins of Inniskillin, his credentials were already clearly established. Continue reading