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The nose knows: The expressive aromatics of Canadian white wines and what makes them so special

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As an impressionable neophyte weaned on the flowery yet oddly explicit ramblings of one Robert M. Parker the words always leaped out at me: acacia blossoms, candied oranges, botrytis, lychee, rosewater, verbena, quinine, bergamot, herbal tea, metallic shavings, cardamom, Louisiana steamed crawdads (I’m not kidding, it was a1999 Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbul Gewurztraminer), spicy rosewater, smoky fennel, jellied apricot, almond cookie dough, creamed raspberries and gravel, yes, gravel! Continue reading

New Niagara wine releases from Tawse and the new North Shore Project Syrah; plus Vintages releases and more

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Tawse Winery, situated the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, is no stranger to success. Continue reading

Damage to Ontario’s grape crop from deep freeze: ‘It’s bad, but not devastating’

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The numbers from early January’s deep freeze in Ontario are trickling in and for those in the grape and wine industry it’s not good news. 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

13th Street winemaker J.P. Colas chases the purest expression from Niagara’s mineral-rich vineyards

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There is no question that Niagara can produce some pretty awesome Chardonnay. The cool climate and mineral-enriched soils provide the perfect ingredients for personable and elegant Chardonnays that can comfortably stand beside some of the finest wines in the world. Continue reading