I 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.
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
The 2013 grape harvest in Ontario, aside from icewine and those really, really late pickers (Stratus comes to mind), is safely in tanks and waiting to be sorted and barreled and whatever else needs to be done to fermented grapes to make great wine. Continue reading
Hidden Bench winery owner Harald Thiel, in the photo above, is a big fan of Chardonnay, especially those grown and made in cooler climates. Continue reading