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2002 Arrowood Le Beau Mélange Syrah

Date: Sun, Dec 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Your local Vintages location likely has several bottles of this amazing Syrah from California and best of all, it's under $30.This is one of the best under $30 bottles of wine that I've had this year. It's clearly from CA...

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Sellers of fine booze brace for sobering times

Date: Fri, Dec 26, 2008 Wine Tasting

Story in the Globe today discussing the economic impact on wine sales (high end Champagne, icewine and cellar-worthy). It looks like icewine sales are particularly soft. Icewines are a small fraction of sales at most wineries, but at Inniskillin, the...

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Konzelmann in the Wine Spectator Top 100

Date: Wed, Dec 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Every year, the Wine Spectator selects a hundred wines from the tens of thousands tasted that year for their much hyped Top 100 list (published in November). I don't recall ever having seen a Canadian wine chosen for the Top...

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In the Vineyards of Ontario, Ice Is Nice

Date: Wed, Dec 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

It's great to see Niagara get a nice write up in the Washington Post. "Liquid Gold" indeed.

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Niagara Ice Wine Harvest Has Begun

Date: Mon, Dec 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

The Standard of St. Catherines is reporting that the ice wine harvest began yesterday as temperatures crossed the magic -8°C threshold. But as is the case in so many wine regions, there's a debate going on as to whether everything...

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LCBO to cut prices of some premium wines…

Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

Front page story in the Toronto Star today… The sale of mainly Vintages products, which account for just 8 per cent of the store, begins this Monday Saturday and the deepest discounts are available only through Vintages' website. Interesting news...

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Ritchies Finest & Rarest Wine Auction This Weekend

Date: Wed, Dec 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

Just a reminder that the second wave of the Ritchies wine auction takes place this weekend. There are two sessions - Saturday, December 6 starting at 10:00am and Sunday, December 7 also starting at 10:00am. The auction this past fall...

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Ontario must do more

Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008 Wine Tasting

Another excellent story from the Welland Tribune that while detailing the difficulties that Ontario wineries face, suggests strongly that the government should help passionate, artisanal wine growers and makers by allowing private retail stores to sell wine. But so much...

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Wineries hope for update of provincial trade rules

Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2008 Wine Tasting

A very interesting story from the St. Catharines Standard suggesting that the federal government may address the archaic law (dating back to 1928) that prevents Canadian wineries from shipping wine across provincial boundaries. Canadian wineries are hoping Ottawa rips down...

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From Pomace to Power

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

Another story in the Globe Today, this time in the business section discussing how Vincor (Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Le Clos Jordanne etc.) is using the left over grape skin and pulp (aka pomace) to generate power for greenhouse operations with...

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The view from the vineyard

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

Here's an interesting story today in the Globe that describes how investments in new wineries are helping to transform previously depressed agricultural areas. You can definitely see this in Prince Edward County with new wineries opening up, leading to great...

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Arrival of Beaujolais Nouveaux riches

Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

I'm not much of a Beaujolais Nouveau drinker, but Gord Stimmell reviews the 2008 releases coming to an LCBO store this week… Story (including a video report) is here.

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Kistler and Araujo from Vintages!

Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2008 Wine Tasting

Wow! Kistler is one of our favourite producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California, so imagine my surprise and delight to see that Vintages is offering the 2006 single vineyard chardonnays from Dutton Ranch and Vine Hill Vineyards!Expensive (about...

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Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider now available at the LCBO

Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

I just came across this press release about a new release of ice cider from Domaine Pinnacle here in Ontario. I haven't tried this particular cider but I've wanted to try more ice ciders from Quebec and this one might...

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