Day 22 – Norm Hardie County Pinot Noir 2008

 Norm Hardie Winery Prince Edward County, Ontario www.normanhardie.com  Winemaker, Norm Hardie  County Pinot Noir 2008  $35.20  Available Online and at the Winery  So, I’ve gone back to school – yes, wine school. This fall I’m enrolled in the International Wine Education Guild “Intermediate” course, offered at George Brown by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. It’s been… 

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Day 15 – Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay

 Tawse Winery Vineland, Ontario www.tawsewinery.ca  Winemaker, Paul Pender  Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay  $19.95  Available at Winery, LCBO soon.  Terroir is an elusive word, unacknowledged by spellcheck,  bandied about by wine-folk much in the way politicians use the word “change” – many of them throw it into speech, most know what it means, but very few actually embrace… 

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Cafe Taste

www.cafetaste.com Jeremy Day of Parkdale’s Café Taste is perhaps the closest thing we have to a revolutionary in the world of Ontario wine. The comparison is more than just aesthetic – yes, he wears a Castro cap and his Café is in Parkdale, and Day is a self-proclaimed socialist, but he’s not just fighting the… 

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Crush Wine Bar

Crush Wine Bar is a wine-lover’s paradise. All slick lines, glass windows, soft banquets and dark wood, it’s an oasis just west of the financial district that beckons with a wine cellar as diverse as the city itself. Mark Moffatt, Sommelier and General Manager, has aggressively supported local wine since he ran the wine program… 

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Local, Affordable, Amazing

A common misconception, oft quoted by local wine deterrents, is that buying local wine means paying more for it. While most good VQA wines do fall above the $10 price point, there are plenty under $15 and even more under $20 that run circles around any of the cheaper imports with funky names and labels…. 

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Day 8 – Ravine Vineyard 2009 Gewurtzraminer

 Ravine Vineyard Niagara, Ontario www.ravinevineyard.com  Winemaker, Peter Gamble   2009 Gewurztraminer  $22  Available online and at the winery.  Ravine Vineyards, with an idyllic farmhouse setting in the village of St. David’s in Niagara, is more like a friends’ cottage than a winery. You’ll find no prize-winning architecture, no pricey tasting flights, no coached wine-pouring monkeys reciting script –… 

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Wine Wednesday – 13th Street June’s Vineyard’s Riesling 2008

13th Street June Vineyard’s Riesling 2008$16.95, VINTAGES 147512www.13thstreetwinery.com When friends or family members ask for wine recommendations, by now, they often know what I’m going to say: “buy something VQA, preferably a white, probably a Riesling.” There are some wines that stand as my go-to recommendations, if people are flexible with prices ranges, I’ll inevitably… 

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