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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

Niagara’s Most Thrilling Red, White, Sweet and Sparkling Wines of 2013, plus top red and white wines of the year

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It is one of the most frustrating exercises of the year. Poring over reviews from the past 12 months and trying to recall from the hundreds and hundreds of Niagara wines that were tasted which ones left such an indelible impression that they make this arbitrary “best-of” list. Continue reading

Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rum: A last-minute guide to Christmas wine/spirits/beer shopping

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With Christmas just a week away, don’t panic, and whatever you do, don’t give into the temptation to get her (or, shame on you, him!) that No! No! Hair removal kit. Be calm, there’s still time to light up their life with some delicious and thoughtful gifts of the liquid kind before you go and ruin all those hairy parts of your body. Continue reading

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Ontario’s 2013 grape harvest is in tank and the early reviews are in; it was a wild one!

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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

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Inniskillin puts a little sparkle in its icewine, plus Tom Cochrane rocks for War Child

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Icewine has long been Canada’s most exported and recognizable wine style. It is known the world over. Continue reading