White. Red. Sparkling. Oak. Unoaked. Air dried. Kiln Dried. Botrytis affected. Late harvest. Icewine. Sparkling Icewine. Residual sugar. Barrel fermented. Wild yeast. Dry. Natural. Fortified. Any combination of the above. The possibilities are endless for wine. Continue reading
By Michael Lowe
Preparations for the 24th annual Cuvée Awards, which honour the very best of Ontario wine, are in full swing. But weeks before the award presentations, to be held March 2nd at Fallsview Casino Resort, a panel of judges faces the daunting task of tasting and scoring the wines submitted for review. Continue reading
Winter arrived in Niagara only a couple of days ago but it was sweet news for organizers of the Niagara Icewine Festival that kicked off this weekend. Continue reading
The 2009 vintage in Ontario didn’t look like anything special as it unfolded in the vineyards, but when it was all said and done a beautiful thing had occurred — perfect conditions for that most finicky of grapes, Pinot Noir. Some are saying the 2009 Pinots are the best ever made in Ontario. Continue reading
What a perfect little year for buying and drinking Niagara wine.
It had a little bit of everything. The tail end of the big 2007 reds were released, we saw at least three vintages of Riesling arrive (08, 09 and 2010) on retail shelves, the well-aged Chardonnays from 2008 were offered up for sale as well as the 2009s and even some 2010 unoaked Chards along with what just might be the best vintage for Pinot Noir in Niagara’s history — the 2009s. Continue reading