Tag Archives: Hidden Bench

Kevin Panagapka adds a zero dosage sparkling wine to his Niagara vineyard-driven portfolio of 2027 Cellars wines

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I have tasted every wine that Kevin Panagapka, above, has made in Niagara under his virtual banner of 2027 Cellars. His attention to detail in sourcing grapes and making wines in a style that he himself likes to drink has always impressed me. Continue reading

John Hall’s incredible journey from whisky maker to deal maker in selling Forty Creek Whisky to Campari, plus Canadian wines go to Germany

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Forty Creek Whisky owner John Hall is one of the coolest dudes in Niagara. I’m not sure how I feel about him selling his brand to Campari, but reading his quotes in the wake of selling to the big drinks company it seems he will continue with his passion to make good Canadian whisky. Continue reading

Cuvée 2014, a celebration of Ontario’s most interesting wines according to the people who make them; top picks and favourites

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Wes Lowrey pours his Pinot Noir at Cuvee.

Cuvée 2014 has come and gone, a gala evening highlighted by Ontario’s top wineries showcasing what they feel is their winemakers’ most prized single wine (or at least what they wanted to present as a fine representation of what they do best). Continue reading

Grand tasting format for the Cuvée Gala 2014 in Niagara Falls offers guests the best of Wine Country Ontario

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NOTE: Cuvée, a celebration of Ontario wine and cuisine, is coming up fast. Here’s what you need to know if you plan on taking in the festivities. Information provided by the organizers. 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