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A beautiful fall jaunt through Niagara wine country with stops at Foreign Affair, Hidden Bench, Domaine Queylus

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Can anything be finer? The riot of fall colours twinkling on the gentle slope of the Niagara Escarpment, the smell of fresh-picked grapes penetrating the brisk autumn air and a crew of wine tasters (who you just happen to adore) hop-scotching in wine country in search of new vinous treasures. Continue reading

The long, hot, dry summer: An early exploration of Vintage 2016 in Niagara

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And then the rain came. Hard. And it came again, bathing Niagara wine country in a much-needed soaking. Continue reading

The pure joy of tasting through the wines of Hidden Bench (hint: Tete de Cuvee Chardonnay … you NEED this wine)

haraldmainI believe Harald Thiel, vigneron and proprietor of the landmark Hidden Bench winery, is the happiest he can be when tasting through his own wines. It’s in his eyes, his words, in the pure joy he gets when he lines up all his bottles and tastes from one end to the other.
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I. Am. A Canadian Wine Drinker. And I have no idea what that means. Searching for clarity in a murky sea of diverging identities from coast to coast

I-Am-Canadian-LogoI am a Canadian wine drinker. Yes, I drink Canadian Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that’s a given, but L’Acadie Blanc, Léon Millot, Marechal Foch and even Zweigelt all find their way into my glass from time to time. Hell yes, I am Canadian and I never discriminate, so if I see a Nebbiolo, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara or anything appassimento, fill me up. I am nothing if not polite, because I am Canadian. Continue reading

It’s an Instagram world, folks … and here’s how it looked through various filters from 12 months of wine and food in Niagara

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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

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