By Rick VanSickle
HILLIER, Prince Edward County — There was plenty of sadness in the air during a recent trip to Prince Edward County wine country, but also resiliency, hope and a connected community that rallies around those in need of comfort and help in trying times. Continue reading
This is a hard story to write, the death of a close friend, a buddy, a pal — the passing of a gentle bear of a man who was forever smiling and laughing, the joy oozing from every fibre of his being. Continue reading
BY RICK VANSICKLE
You talk to anyone in the Ontario craft cider industry and you always get an earful on everything from limited access to their products for consumers, brutal taxation to the hoops they have to jump through to get their ciders on the shelves of the province’s largest retailer, the LCBO. Continue reading
One was black as the night with a foamy crown for good measure. Another was beet red. Some had fizz while others were amber-gold and sparkled under the bar lighting. Many glowed in various shades of red while others were perfectly golden. Continue reading
Note: This was originally published in Wine Tidings, now called Quench, as a year-ender based on my Instagram feed. I know it’s kind of dated now, but decided to post here anyway.
I’m scanning through my Instagram feed from the year that was in wine, or at least how it was for this one guy. It is a vinous wasteland of too many half-drunk bottles of wine and witty (at least to me) little comments tailored to a Twitter audience of like-minded people. Continue reading