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An afternoon well spent in Niagara: Lunch, Trius wines and the new Gretzky winery/distillery

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By Rick VanSickle

For Peller Estates chief winemaker Craig McDonald, it’s been a busy few years. Continue reading

Happy 25th anniversary Trius Red, plus reviews for Peller wines, Chateau des Charmes, Henry of Pelham, Flat Rock and a whole bunch of bubbles

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The family of wines under the Andrew Peller Limited umbrella — Trius, Andrew Peller, Thirty Bench Winery and Wayne Gretzky (in Ontario, with other brands in the Okanagan Valley) — makes a wide range of vino from entry level to ultra premium across a wide spectrum of styles, varieties and blends. Continue reading

Lunch with Trius winemaker Craig McDonald: Taking the Showcase wines to a whole new level

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If you were thinking that winemaker Craig McDonald, above, is getting comfortable with his wine portfolio at Trius, now that he has shaped it into one of the most impressive and complete in Ontario, you would be sorely mistaken. Continue reading

Buried Treasure: From Gaja to Prum to Niagara’s own legends, why cellaring your wine pays big dividents

80310714There is a passage in one of my favourite wine novels, The Billionaire’s Vinegar, which goes like this: “An ullaged bottle. Alas, but unsurprisingly ‘over the top,’ oxidized: colour dark brown; nose like pure balsamic vinegar; despite the rich components — undrinkable.” The words quoted are from British wine critic Michael Broadbent after tasting a bottle of Chateau Lafite from Bordeaux that was over 200 years old. Continue reading

Trius winemaker Craig McDonald pushes the boundaries for his small-lot wines; plus a pile of other Ontario wine reviews (Vineland, Southbrook, Colio, Flat Rock, des Charmes

mainThe transformation of the Trius brand of wines at Peller’s Hillebrand winery has been a methodical, innovative and wild ride under the skilful direction of chief winemaker Craig McDonald. Continue reading

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