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A rare, the only in Canada, and delicious Vignoles from Fielding Estate Winery plus other wine reviews

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Vignoles is not exactly a household name in Niagara or anywhere in Canada, for that matter.

But this magical little white hybrid, more closely associated with the Finger Lakes region of New York, has a lot going for it. It does well as a late harvest variety, has high sugar levels while retaining high natural acids, and is susceptible to noble rot (botrytis), that converts easily into a beautiful sweet wine. Continue reading

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Gretzky wine brand moving from Creekside to Peller Estates

Note: This is a press release issued by Creekside Winery today on the partnership breakup with Wayne Gretzky Estate wines. Peller Estates will now make the Gretzky wine brand. Continue reading

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Niagara Grape Harvest 2011 (Part XV): A lesson in acid, tannin and alcohol from 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 sixth post from Melissa Smits, a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is Part XV of our #Harvest2011 reports. Continue reading

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New Niagara releases at Vintages Saturday: Megalomaniac, Cave Spring, Flat Rock, Tawse, 13th Street

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A varied selection of Niagara wines is being released at Vintages this Saturday, Oct. 29, including a coupl

e of lovely Rieslings, John Howard’s latest “Big Mouth” Merlot and a bistro red blend from 13th Street called Red Palette. Continue reading

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There’s a whole lotta goodness going on at Niagara’s Good Earth Wine and Food Company

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The Good Earth Food and Wine Company is not so much a winery, cooking school and bistro as it is a village of goodness, a meandering tapestry of vineyards, orchards, gardens, and curious out buildings with even more curious (in a good way) things inside.

It is a wonderland of goodness with only one guiding principal. It’s all about Niagara; the food, the wine, the people, the experience. Continue reading