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The proliferation of Niagara ‘lifestyle’ wines. Sameness vs. somewhereness. Some thoughts


It saddens me to walk into my local LCBO store here in St. Catharines and see the ever-growing rows of so-called “lifestyle” wines crowding the shelves and pushing core brands further and further to the sidelines. Continue reading


Special Vintages release Saturday features a bevy of Niagara wines


Vintages is releasing a fair number of Niagara wines in a special Ontario wine release on Saturday Sept. 10 for its Go Local campaign. Here’s what to look for: Continue reading

Fielding Pinot Gris, Henry of Pelham Pinot Blanc lead Niagara releases at Vintages Saturday


Here’s what’s being released at Vintages this Saturday in the way of Niagara wines:

Fielding Estate Pinot Gris 2010 ($22, 90 points) — Estate Pinot Gris from younger vines in the Jack Rabbit Flats Vineyards. A nose of musk, melon, pear, coconut and some minerality. It’s rich and ripe on the palate with lovely texture, balanced spice and length through the finish. Medium acid, partially barrel fermented fruit.

Henry of Pelham Pinot Blanc 2010 ($15, 87 points) — A floral nose with citrus and apple fruits in a clean, fresh approach. In the mouth it’s just a wonderfully fruity wine with fresh flavours that’s simple and clean. Perfect for porch sipping.

Also being released, but not reviewed:

• Wayne Gretzky Estates Series Riesling 2009 ($19)

• Inniskillin Winemaker’s Series Two Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2008 ($23)

• Mike Weir Pinot Noir 2008 ($20)

• 13th Street White Palette 2010 ($15)

• Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay 2010 ($16)

• Peninsula Ridge McNally Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ($18)

• Vineland Estate Late Harvest Vidal 2006 ($15, 375 Ml)



Riesling, glorious, Riesling. The best of the best single-vineyard Rieslings from Niagara, tasted, tweeted, reviewed


Riesling, glorious Niagara Riesling.

Now, some of you out there might take exception to this next bold declaration, and it’s only one man’s opinion, but Riesling is Niagara’s most important variety, the one grape that is comfortable in the extreme heat of the summer and severe cold of an unpredictable Ontario winter. It rarely suffers from a poor vintage; there are only good vintages and better vintages in Niagara. But much more than that, it offers up an endless amount of joy in the glass no matter what the pricetag says. Continue reading


Tasting ‘cool’ Chardonnay in the heat of the Niagara summer. Priceless.


So here’s the deal. There I was, in long-sleeved summer shirt, long pants and dress shoes. I was sweating and hadn’t even had a sip of wine after hiking up the dusty Cherry Avenue, past farmhouses and vineyards to Tawse, the Vineland site of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (or IC4 for you “cool” insiders out there). Continue reading