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On the heels of harvest: Fielding winemaker Richie Roberts gives his first report on the Niagara grape harvest for 2011

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By Richie Roberts, winemaker at Fielding Estate Winery

We are almost there. Within a week or so we will be picking and pressing our first vineyard block of grapes, Pinot Noir destined for making sparkling wine. Continue reading

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Di Profio, Leaning Post introduce their new Niagara wines to the world; plus new Henry of Pelham, Cattail Creek wines

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One can’t even sell you a bottle of his wine yet, and the other doesn’t have a winery, vineyards or retail store. But both Joe Di Profiio and Ilya Senchuk have similar dreams — to make top-notch wines from grapes grown in Niagara. They are two of Niagara’s newest entrants into the ever-expanding Ontario wine industry. Continue reading

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New Niagara wine releases at Vintages Saturday: Killer 07 Henry of Pelham Cab-Merlot, nice Inniskillin Pinot Gris, Jackson-Triggs Gewurztraminer

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The release this Saturday at Vintages features a must Cab-Merlot from the stunning 2007 vintage, a delicious Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and some other reds that are worth the trip to your nearest LCBO. Continue reading

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New Niagara wine releases from Henry of Pelham, Calamus, Angels Gate and Vineland Estate

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Bangers are booming across wine country in a futile attempt to dissuade hungry birds that flock overhead looking for a free juicy meal below in the vineyards.

It means the grapes in Niagara are ripening, fall is rapidly approaching and vineyard crews are gathering to pick the first of the harvest, generally reserved for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that’s used in the region’s sparkling wines. Continue reading

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VQA police order Calamus to remove Bordeaux from back label — two years after bottling! Really.

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Some people have way too much time on their hands. Like the secret VQA police who prowl around the tasting rooms of Ontario wineries looking in every nook and cranny for horrible rules infractions that can ultimately result in a wine running afoul of regulations and possibly getting hauled off the shelves.

Take Calamus Estate Winery for example. Continue reading