New wine releases in Niagara are coming out fast and furiously, all created to capture the hearts and palates of the swarm of visitors who brave the clogged QEW each and every day to pick up their favourite new bottles and spend a little time in wine country.
Wines in Niagara has tasted and reviewed new releases from Tawse, GreenLane and Chateau des Charmes recently. Continue reading →
Rosewood Estates Winery and Meadery, perfectly situated along that magnificent Mountainview Road stretch of wineries on the Beamsville Bench, is a small-batch, artisanal, family-run operation that has roared onto the Niagara wine scene with a fine and eclectic portfolio of wines and meads.
It only opened in 2006 with a very small production yet earned two gold medals at the Ontario Wine Awards for its Pinot Gris and Merlot in its debut vintage. Continue reading →
As you sit back and savour every last drop of that creamy chardonnay from the Niagara Peninsula, that pinot blanc dripping in fruit from the Okanagan Valley or that silky smooth Canadian pinot noir, save a bit to toast those who dared to dream that it was possible to make world class wines in this country. Continue reading →
Winemaker Jean-Laurent (J.L.) Groux will tell you that the success of any given bottle of wine made at Stratus Vineyards “is not our decision. It is nature’s decision.”
That is a modest declaration for the veteran Niagara-on-the-Lake winemaker. What truly goes on in the experimental kitchen that Groux presides over, in the immaculate, LEED-certified, gravity-flow winery, is much more than nature at work. Continue reading →
As sultry, sensuous jazz singer Kellylee Evan ventured into the sun-baked crowd at Hillebrand Estate Winery on a perfect summer’s afternoon, one could be forgiven for getting a little caught up in the moment.
It’s that combination of live jazz against a backdrop of swaying grape vines, a convivial crowd of people who are all smiling, sipping wine, eating, and laughing that makes one forget their inhibitions and just let go. You can’t help but jump to your feet and dance along with Evan. Continue reading →