i4C 2014 Cool Chardonnay Returns

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This weekend the wine event of the summer happens with many of Ontario's top wineries and famed producers from across the globe gathering in Niagara for the fourth annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. With the perfect blend of fun and wine education, i4C has quickly established itself as Ontario's premier wine event. In anticipation of the… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Lessons in the Craft Beer & Oyster Partnership

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Although it isn't necessarily the first partnership that comes to mind, beer and oysters have a long and beautiful history of working well together. That inspired Environmental Defence and Rodney's Oyster House to invite media to Amsterdam's Brewhouse to preview this year's Ontario Oyster Festival.   

30 Days of Ontario Beer: Beer & Politics Pt. 2 The Path to Revolutionary Change

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Late last year people outside the Ontario beer community began talking about change to the way we buy beer at retail. The topic already had more than enough fuel and the passionate local craft beer community provided plenty of heat, but moving the conversation to new ears and voices finally gave it the oxygen to… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Ontario Beer The Book

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They had beer in Ontario before the 1970s? Obviously, that's a facetious question, but the time before microbreweries, at the height of beer consolidation in the 1970s is usually set as the starting point for discussing the current state of Ontario's favourite alcoholic drink. At the same time it is useful to remember that we're on… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: How to get the Most out of the LCBO’s New Website

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If you love craft beer you're probably a frequent visitor to the LCBO and make heavy use of its website to hunt down seasonal and special new releases. That also means you were probably one of the first to experience its new website when it launched in late June. With flat graphics, sliders, video, social… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Left Field Brewery

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Just over a year ago, in Spring 2013, a new craft brewery started appearing at events in Toronto. What set Left Field Brewery apart, from the outset, was their emphasis on what co-owner Mandie Murphy calls their “insistence on consistent high quality” in everything they do: from the clean, baseball-oriented branding to the focused repertoire… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Brewery Only Beer

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Summer weather brings a noticeable increase in how much beer we consume and also our willingness to travel to get it. No longer trapped in our driveways by drifts of snow, we'll even venture as far as Guelph, Muskoka or Niagara for a brewery visit and a good bottle of beer.  The best that can be… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Women’s Beer Events

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In some ways, craft beer has always been the laid-back cousin of the beverage and hospitality industry, trade: tablecloths for wood palettes, olfactory notes for casual observances, scant pours for half-pints and you get a sense of why more and more people are interested in learning about beer. And in Toronto, evidently, many of these people are… 

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