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 3: A New Generation Buying Guide

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This year's 30 Days theme is all about the new generation of wineries and winemakers as well as new beginnings. The reason for this focus was simple: this young and talented new generation is producing the best wine Ontario has ever made. They're also inspiring change and leading existing wineries and Ontario wine overall into… 

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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. 

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson's Straight Rye Whisky is one of the treats I reach for on rare occasions. It's not the most expensive bottle of whisky in my cabinet–far from it–but this premium line of rye whisky is relatively new and the LCBO's supply is dwindling. The story of this Canadian rye crosses the border into the United States…. 

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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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The History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man’s Pappy

he History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man's Pappy

The illusive nature of Pappy Van Winkle is part of its charm. Pappy Van Winkle is released in such limited quantities that a bottle listed at $300 will sell for three or four times that price. More importantly, it's almost impossible to find unless you know someone, or happen to be at the right place at the… 

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