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There’s a whole lotta goodness going on at Niagara’s Good Earth Wine and Food Company


The Good Earth Food and Wine Company is not so much a winery, cooking school and bistro as it is a village of goodness, a meandering tapestry of vineyards, orchards, gardens, and curious out buildings with even more curious (in a good way) things inside.

It is a wonderland of goodness with only one guiding principal. It’s all about Niagara; the food, the wine, the people, the experience. Continue reading

Sip & Savour Ontario party on Oct. 19. Who’s coming for the celebration of Ontario food and wine?

Note: Sip & Savour Ontario, a celebration of Ontario VQA wines and regional food is fast approaching. Here’s the release for the event which takes place Oct. 19 in Toronto.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 – With Ontario at the heart of Canada’s food and wine scene, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the plethora of food and wine events taking place in the province throughout the year.

After seven years in the running, sip & Savour Ontario has grown substantially and established itself as Toronto’s ultimate local wine and food experience, offering both the public and media an opportunity to savour and explore the excellence of Ontario food and VQA wine.

With sip & Savour Ontario taking place right in the midst of harvest season, there’s no better time or place to experience the excitement and show your support for the best of what our province has to offer!

This year, we will be showcasing 29 award-winning Ontario wineries that will be pouring and pairing their wines with a delectable selection of gourmet regionally prepared foods.

“We are very proud to be associated with Houselink,” notes Tony Aspler, wine writer and partner of sip & Savour Ontario. “The Ontario Wine Awards and sip & Savour Ontario share the same core values. This worthy enterprise is community- based, helping those who cannot help themselves. The wine community is by nature a sharing community, willing to assist those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Culinary offerings created by chefs from a selection of Ontario’s top restaurants, including; Globe Bistro, The Drake Hotel, The Old Mill Inn & Spa, Frank Restaurant / AGO, The Boiler House Restaurant and Longo’s.

An exciting addition to this year are three Ontario gourmet food trucks – El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Gorilla Cheese and Cupcake Diner – will be there serving up their culinary delights.

Guests are also invited to get up close and personal, and learn first hand how to prepare their own food and wine pairing at home, during the live culinary demonstrations taking place throughout the evening.

Also, participating sponsors, Dairy Farmers of Canada, The Stonemill Bakehouse Ltd., and Q water, will be on hand to proudly share with the crowd what products they have to offer.

Partnering with Houselink, this year’s event will feature a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit Houselink, which provides housing solutions and support for people living with mental illness and at risk of being homeless.

Our event will give you a taste of Ontario’s home-grown excellence and inspire you to help fund the continued enjoyment of Ontario’s finest foods and VQA wines for years to come!

• Wednesday, October 19, 2011

• 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

• For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit sip & savour

Participating Chefs

• The Old Mill Inn & Spa – Chef Tim Dunnill

• Frank Restaurant / AGO – Chef Anne Yarymowich

• The Drake Hotel – Chef Anthony Rose

• Globe Bistro – Chef Kevin McKenna

• The Boiler House Restaurant – Chef Andre Walker

• Longo’s – Chef David Ashlee

Gourmet Food Trucks

• El Gastrónomo Vagabundo – Chef Adam Hynam-Smith

• Gorilla Cheese

• Cupcake Diner

Participating Ontario VQA Wineries

• Between the Lines Winery

• Casa Dea Estates Winery

• Château des Charmes

• Creekside Estate Winery

• Diamond Estates

• Exultet Estates

• Fielding Estate Winery

• Flat Rock Cellars

• Hinterbrook Estate Winery

• Huff Estates

Special Thanks To:

• Inniskillin

• Jackson Triggs

• Kacaba Vineyards

• Konzelmann Estate Winery

• Lailey Vineyard Wines

• Le Clos Jordanne

• Mike Weir Wine

• Nyarai Cellars

• Pelee Island Winery

• Peller Estates Winery

• Pillitteri Estates Winery

• Riverview Cellars Estate

• Winery Rosewood Estates Winery

• Sandbanks Estate Winery

• Southbrook Vineyards

• Stoney Ridge Estate Winery

• Tawse Winery

• Vineland Estates Winery

Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery

About Houselink

Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing. They offer a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Quality of life is at the heart of their mission. They believe people – even people with serious mental illness– know what’s best for them. All residents are members of Houselink, and participate in the life and the decisions of the organization. Houselink makes it possible for people struggling with extreme poverty, mental health and addiction issues to pursue recovery and build meaningful lives on their own terms. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of psychiatric consumers / survivors including those who are homeless or otherwise marginalized, through the provision of permanent affordable supportive housing and programs.


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)