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The nouveaus are coming! The nouveaus are coming! Thursday is the release day for the first wines of 2011 from France, Italy and Niagara

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Note: The LCBO is offering nine nouveau wines for sale this year, including The Fool Gamay from Reif Estates in Ontario (the picture above is from the 2010 vintage), at more than 400 stores on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 starting at 9:30 a.m. Here is the release from the LCBO. Continue reading

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In the Megalomaniac vineyards with owner John Howard; sharing secrets to his big red wine program

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John Howard is gunning it through the narrow trails of his vineyards on a rare sunny day in Niagara. It’s slick and muddy from a relentlessly soggy fall but Howard has a good feel for how his SUV handles the slippery terrain. Continue reading

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Top Niagara wines being released at Vintages Saturday: Jackson Triggs, Le Clos, Tawse, 13th Street, Flat Rock, Stratus

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A large selection of Niagara releases is being released at Vintages this Saturday with some notable superstars in the lineup including Tawse Chardonnay, Stratus Red, Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir, and an exceptional Merlot from Jackson Triggs and a holiday sparkler from 13th Street. Continue reading

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And a new label is born at Ravine Vineyard: The Sand & Gravel wines expand the portfolio

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Ravine Vineyard has always been about small production wines made from certified organic fruit grown biodynamically on its unique 34-acre site on the St. Davids Bench appellation.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling are the grapes of choice, and most of the resulting wines are made in tiny quantities that quickly sell out vintage to vintage. Continue reading

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A review of the Niagara grape harvest 2011: A wild season of rain, heat and even more rain

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Harvest 2011 will go down in the history books as one wild ride.

Spring began with endless rain and the vintage looked like it was heading for disaster. But the rains turned out to be a blessing, providing a reservoir as the summer turned extremely dry and hot. Continue reading