Charles Baker spends most of his time marketing and selling the wines of Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards. It’s a pretty sweet job that takes him on the road constantly to show the portfolio to sommeliers and restaurateurs across the province.
It’s safe to say that Baker is a busy guy. But he still finds time to produce a nifty little Riesling that he carefully sources from choice Niagara fruit and bottles it under his own name. It’s made and sold at Stratus but it’s Baker who decides on fruit, style, yields and where to source what he feels are the best Riesling grapes in the region. Continue reading →
HILLIER, Prince Edward County, Ont. — We’re making our way down the winding and twisting back roads of Prince Edward County, passing dairy farms, cash crops and fallow fields at a speedy clip. I’m with Suresh Doss, publisher of Spotlight Toronto, who knows these roads and this region better than most. Continue reading →
There’s a decent bounty of Niagara wines being released Saturday at Vintages not the least of which is one of the top new releases from Le Clos Jordanne and a really fine shiraz by Jackson Triggs from its Silver Series tier.
We’re in the quaint village of Jordan settling into our table at the Zooma Zooma Café. Bottles of Le Clos Jordanne’s new 2009 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are spread out across the table in the centre of the café.
It’s not an uncommon sight for regulars at Zooma Zooma, but more than a couple of visitors are drooling over the bounty of wine we’re about to dig into on a bright sunny day following 10 days of intense rains in Niagara.
Winemaker Sebastien Jacquey is effusive in his praise of the 2009 vintage for Niagara Pinots and Chards.Continue reading →