Maleta Winery’s new sparklers and age-worthy reds and whites


There really is no way to hide it. They surround the tiny winery in St. Davids. The rag-tag vineyards that have seen better days. And there are no signs at all of the harvest that has just ended in Niagara. Continue reading


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