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Okanagan Valley, Part II: Journey through the southern wine region

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THE OKANAGAN VALLEY, PART II

OSOYOOS, Okanagan Valley, B.C. — No where is the rapid pace of the B.C. wine industry more evident than in the deep south of the Okanagan Valley. Continue reading

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Peller Estates, enjoying its 50th year in Canada, releases some fine top tier Niagara wines

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Peller Estates’ winemaker Lawrence Buhler is always beaming with a smile from ear to ear, just like in the picture above. With good reason. He presides over a dynamic portfolio of wines and works at one of Niagara’s most established and beautiful wineries. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a Canadian wine company this month in both Niagara and British Columbia, where the company first established itself as Andres Wines. Continue reading

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The proliferation of Niagara ‘lifestyle’ wines. Sameness vs. somewhereness. Some thoughts

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It saddens me to walk into my local LCBO store here in St. Catharines and see the ever-growing rows of so-called “lifestyle” wines crowding the shelves and pushing core brands further and further to the sidelines. Continue reading

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Niagara Wine Harvest (Part III): Melissa Smits has a bird’s view as harvest begins at Henry of Pelham

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Note: We are following the 2011 grape harvest in Niagara through the writings of several Niagara insiders. This is the first post from Melissa Smits (seen in above photo in the vineyards), a cellar/winery technician at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This is her first report. Continue reading

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The wine (and music) of Niagara’s Jackson-Triggs winery and winemaker Marco Piccoli

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It’s warm and muggy with the fresh smell of a recent downpour heavy in the air. As darkness closes in and Kathleen Edwards takes the stage at the Jackson-Triggs amphitheatre, tucked in among the vineyard, and starts into her repertoire of upbeat alternative country songs, one can only sit back and soak up the magic of a perfect evening in wine country. Continue reading