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The Fantastic Four: Exciting new Niagara wineries that are setting the bar for excellence

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SOMEWHERE IN NIAGARA — I travel these country roads often, past the roadside fruit stands, row after row of vigorous vines swaying in the summer breeze and farmers tending to their corn, potatoes, peaches, grapes and whatever else turns dirt into cash. Continue reading

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Charles Baker’s Picone Vineyard Riesling leads the Niagara wine release at Vintages Saturday

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A small, but interesting, release of Niagara wines at Vintages stores throughout Ontario on Saturday as we inch closer and closer to the Christmas rush. Continue reading

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The exciting 2011 Vintage Ports; Taylor Fladgate and Croft 2011 in review and how to get your hands on them in Ontario

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Can’t remember this much excitement for a Port release since I lined up outside the Dalhousie Vintages stores in Ottawa in 1997 in the middle of February to get my measly allotment of two half bottles of Taylor Fladgate Port 2004. Continue reading

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Rare (and old) bottles of wine go under the hammer and why you should cellar your top Ontario wines

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With the Vintages Finest and Rarest Wines Auction coming up this Friday and Saturday in Toronto it is a good time to discuss why we age our wines and what compels so many to spend so much on dusty old bottles of wine. Continue reading

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Food Truck Eats coming to Niagara, Foreign Affair honoured, Free My Grapes gets more support

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A fleet of food trucks and all the gourmet goodness they can cook up are coming to wine country. Continue reading