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UPDATED: In search of minerality in wine: Scientists set out to discover ‘terroir’ in Niagara’s vineyards


Editor’s note: At the end of July, Earth Scientists Mike Rick and Alex Brunton led a group of geologists to Niagara to explore an age-old question: Is there such a thing as “terroir” in wine and can you taste the distinct geology or minerality in a wine? Continue reading

Lenko’s Old Vines Chardonnay 2010 highlights the Ontario wine release at Vintages on Saturday


Daniel Lenko, who skipped a vintage in 2011 due to several factors, is back at Vintages with his signature Old Vines Chardonnay this Saturday. Continue reading

Henry of Pelham winemaker Ron Giesbrecht joins Niagara College wine program

Celebrated winemaker and Niagara wine industry leader Ron Giesbrecht has concluded a successful career at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery to join the team of faculty at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

“Our Wine programs at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute are an integral part of our programming here at Niagara College and this is an exciting addition to the CFWI family,” said acting dean of the CFWI Craig Youdale. “Ron brings a quarter-century of wine experience to our college along with many accolades and industry connections that will be great for our programming.”

Giesbrecht has a degree in Biology from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Food Science (specializing in Oenology) from the University of Guelph. For the past 23 years, he has worked at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery with brothers Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck, where he shared their ambition to put their regional wines on the map. In 2012, Giesbrecht was the recipient of the Tony Aspler Award of Excellence at Cuvee which recognized his long commitment to the larger wine community and over two decades of consistent excellence in winemaking.

“We are pleased to see Ron take the knowledge and experience he has gained at Henry of Pelham and share it with the next generation of winemakers and growers. We are also proud to announce his assistant of 16 years, Sandrine Bourcier, is stepping into his shoes as head winemaker,” said Paul Speck, president of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. “My brothers and I wish Ron and Niagara College the best of success.”

Giesbrecht has valued his work at Henry of Pelham and looks forward to embarking on a new chapter of his career at NC, to encourage the development of the next generation of grape growers and winemakers that will make the industry flourish for years to come.

“I am certain that Niagara College is on a great course towards the enhancement and development of the human resources that keep the wine industry active and growing,” said Giesbrecht. “I want to be a part of that and also the fantastic energy and synergy that is being developed in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute between chefs, sommeliers, winemakers, grape growers and others that work in our separate and also intertwined roles and industries. It is truly a unique and well-orchestrated hub that Niagara College has developed already.”

Giesbrecht will take on his new role as professor for the College’s Wine programs on August 19.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, is the College’s centre for food, wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the college’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

Niagara’s Fielding Estate: Cool wines, hot cars and learning from Alsace (plus Vintages preview)


It took a fact-finding mission to Alsace, France, for Fielding winemaker Richie Roberts to realize the Beamsville Bench winery is doing a lot of things right with its aromatic white-wine dominant portfolio. Continue reading

First pouring of British Columbia wineries on flights operated by WestJet Encore

Note: WestJet has always said it was devoted to getting Canadian wines on board its aircraft. This press release issued today suggests WestJet is well on its way to getting good Canadian VQA wines on its flight across Canada. Bravo!

(Press release as submitted) WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced today an innovative partnership to showcase the impressive wines of the famed British Columbia Okanagan Valley on flights operated by WestJet Encore this summer.

“As we launch WestJet Encore, we looked for a special way to promote our new destinations and routes,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Vice President, Product and Distribution. “Having worked with the wineries of British Columbia through the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society for more than 10 years, we know that the wines of British Columbia are extremely well respected and the region is recognized as one of the premium wine regions in the world. Never before on a scheduled airline in Canada have the wines of British Columbia been featured in this manner, and we are proud to do so.”

“We are sponsoring a promotional bottle pour on board the new WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft whereby every guest will have a choice of two wines to sample for the summer months,” explained Eric von Krosigk, Chair of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and winemaker at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, B.C.  “This pouring allows thousands of customers to be introduced to our wines, our wine region and our Okanagan Wine Festivals which draw tens of thousands of wine tourists to our region annually.”

The promotional pouring will feature wines from wineries that are members of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. In the month of July they are: Gray Monk Estate Winery, Lang Vineyards, Oliver Twist, Perseus Winery, Blasted Church Vineyards, SunnyBrae Vineyards in Tappen, The View Winery, Therapy Vineyards, St, Hubertus Winery, and Wayne Gretzky Okanagan.

Next month the participating wineries include: Road 13 Vineyards, the Vibrant Vine, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery, and Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate. The promotion applies only to WestJet flights operated by WestJet Encore during the months of July and August.

“The Okanagan is blessed with some of the best wineries in the world. With wine tourism continuing to grow, it only makes sense for visitors to sample some of Okanagan’s finest on the way here. The pouring will be a good preview of what awaits them, and another reason to plan their next trip here,” said Premier Christy Clark.

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