Juice Journals: 2013 Hidden Bench Select Late Harvest Gewürztraminer


When you think of Hidden Bench the wines that come to mind are brilliant old vines Riesling, elegant red blends and distinct Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with serious depth. What tends to get lost in the mix of that excellent line-up is Beamsville winery's Gewürztraminer. That's a shame because the winery makes some of the… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014 Day 8: Building a Local Wine Culture a Tweet at a Time


One of the things that is said to separate us from Europe and even other new world regions like is that we don't have a developed wine culture. Yes, we do have people who are as passionate as they are knowledgeable about local wine and would happily tell you what makes Niagara Riesling so special… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014 Day 4: From Winter Woes Come New Opportunities


In Canada we pride ourselves on our winters…well at least when others are listening. The world cites us as the textbook definition of the year's coldest season and we happily to embrace  that mantle for national pride. Even in Southern Ontario's sunny wine country where warmth, sunshine and a long summer are always at the top… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014: Day 2: A New Beginning for Cuvée


After 25 years, change is inevitable. It's also a bit messy and awkward. Just like the melting slush, rainy skies, and resulting muck and mire we experience during each winter-to-spring transition can attest, change can be far from pretty. Yet, despite having to endure the awkwardness and messiness of that yearly transition we get excited… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014: Day 1: There’s No Better Time than Now


For something so constant and impactful on our lives change is a strange force. It's something we often don't realise until it has already begun and once we do it's something we often fight because we fear what it can bring. But change is a positive force if we recognise the opportunity it offers and… 

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30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014: New Generations & New Beginnings


One of the things I love most about the Ontario wine industry is that it has the feel of an extended family. Neighbours lend their hands when there's work to be done; everyone bands together for support during tough times; and the community celebrates each other's accomplishments as one. 

i4C 2014: Five Life Lesson from a Glass of Chardonnay


There may be truth in wine, but much like our tastes the insight it offer tends to be of the personal and introspective persuasion. But if there is such a thing as a universal truth in wine it would almost certainly come courtesy of Chardonnay. That's where the 2014 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C)… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Why Local Craft Beer Dinners are Some of the Most Exciting in Town


The rise and evolution of local craft beer over the past few years has brought a new development to the landscape: the craft beer dinner. In comes in many flavours sometimes a brewmaster's dinner; others with beer as the star ingredient and often with a specific culinary theme, but no matter what the guise the… 

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