Spotlight Christmas – Michael’s Guide

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The best holiday gifts are equal parts practical and meaningful. When you manage to hit that balance your gift be treasured with the recipient thinking of you each and every time it’s used. Here’s some humble inspiration on a few practical yet fun things to help you on your way to achieving that elusive balance… 

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Juice Journals: 2011 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

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Charles Baker is as savvy about Riesling is he is passionate. That’s saying a lot because if I had to choose someone to champion Riesling as Niagara’s top wine, Baker would be on the short list. You’ve likely come across Baker’s handy work via his day job which has him heading the marketing and sales… 

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Juice Journals: 2013 Hidden Bench Select Late Harvest Gewürztraminer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.