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The proliferation of Niagara ‘lifestyle’ wines. Sameness vs. somewhereness. Some thoughts

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It saddens me to walk into my local LCBO store here in St. Catharines and see the ever-growing rows of so-called “lifestyle” wines crowding the shelves and pushing core brands further and further to the sidelines. Continue reading

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Niagara Wine Harvest (Part III): Melissa Smits has a bird’s view as harvest begins 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 first post from Melissa Smits (seen in above photo in the vineyards), a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is her first report. Continue reading

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The wine (and music) of Niagara’s Jackson-Triggs winery and winemaker Marco Piccoli

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It’s warm and muggy with the fresh smell of a recent downpour heavy in the air. As darkness closes in and Kathleen Edwards takes the stage at the Jackson-Triggs amphitheatre, tucked in among the vineyard, and starts into her repertoire of upbeat alternative country songs, one can only sit back and soak up the magic of a perfect evening in wine country. Continue reading

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Niagara Harvest 2011 (Part II): How sweet it is! Bringing in the honey at Rosewood and preparing for the grape bounty

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Note: We are following the 2011 grape harvest through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the first post from William Roman at Rosewood Estate, who not only has grapes to worry about but also honey that he uses in the various meads that are made there. Continue reading

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Special Vintages release Saturday features a bevy of Niagara wines

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Vintages is releasing a fair number of Niagara wines in a special Ontario wine release on Saturday Sept. 10 for its Go Local campaign. Here’s what to look for: Continue reading