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UPDATED: Ontario’s best wines (well, most of them) come under scrutiny at the top provincial wine competition

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The past two weekends a panel of 12 judges and several volunteers gathered at Crush Wine Bar to assess over 500 wines from 73 different Ontario wineries. Continue reading

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Interview with Jamie Paquin, owner of Japan’s only all-Canadian VQA wine shop

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Heavenly Vines Inc. is a wine import, wholesale and retail company based in Tokyo, Japan, and is devoted exclusively to selling premium Canadian VQA wines. Continue reading

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Brock Experts Tasting: Where ‘experts’ learn all about humility in wine tasting

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Damn you, Malbec. And damn you, J-L Groux and your Malbec (I’m only half kidding, of course, but damn it). Continue reading

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The challenges ahead for VQA wines in Ontario, plus the Vintage Chart for Ontario wines back to 2003

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You’d think the mood in Ontario wine country would be just a touch more buoyant. After all, 2012 provided another superb grape harvest, sales of VQA wines at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario are up by double digits and total production of VQA wines continues its steady climb. Continue reading

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Ravine, Bachelder top red and white Niagara wines of the year

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I both love and loath best-of wine lists. They are so frustrating to write and they never feel quite complete or fair to all the wines in the region being assessed. Continue reading