The messed up business of booze retailing in Ontario: We deserve better

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We live in a vibrant, diverse society here in Southern Ontario with talented chefs, eclectic restaurants, top sommeliers, mixologists, surrounded by culture, lakes, rivers, farms, vineyards, green space and everything in the world we could possibly want to live a healthy, fulfilling and exciting life. We deserve the best of everything because we work hard…. 

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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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i4C 2014: Five Life Lesson from a Glass of Chardonnay

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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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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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Introducing Redstone Winery

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With the arrival of spring what might become one of the most important Niagara wineries of this current third generation launched. It's not using particularly innovative winemaking techniques nor growing new-to-the-region grapes. It's not exceptional big or calling for an outside-the-box concept either. What makes it so significant is the team behind it. It's called… 

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