old vine vineyards
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THE IMPORTANCE OF OLD VINE VINEYARDS

Photo credit: Jim Hunneyball, Old Vine Project (South Africa) Great wine is made in the vineyard. Ask any producer with fine wine aspirations and they will agree. A vine in balance, producing healthy, optimally ripened grapes boasting complex, concentrated…

wine discoveries
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THE GREATEST (ACCIDENTAL) WINE DISCOVERIES

The art of winemaking dates back over 8000 years. One would think, given this long history, that the skill would have been mastered long ago. But the diversity of grape varieties, styles, regional characteristics and so forth ensure a…

Cave Spring Cellars
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TASTING THE WINES OF CAVE SPRING CELLARS

Photo Credit: Cave Spring Cellars (Beamsville Bench soil composition) The end of the 1980s was a wild time for the Ontario wine industry. The newly signed General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) signalled the end of protectionist measures…

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Fast & Easy Ways to Remove Red Wine Stains

Red wine stains can signal the end of your favourite shirt, or your pristine white couch. Around my house, red wine stains are a frequent occurrence! I have tried pretty much every method I know of to get rid…

sauvignon blanc wines
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How to Find the Best Sauvignon Blanc Wines

Photo credit: nzwine.com Sauvignon Blanc wines can be found on virtually every retail shelf and wine list around the globe. This is hardly surprising, given that Sauvignon Blanc is the third most planted white grape variety world-wide. Different theories…

good, affordable wine
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GOOD, AFFORDABLE WINE FINDS FOR FALL

We can’t all buy 20$ + wines on a regular basis. Especially if you are like me, and enjoy a glass of wine most evenings. Fortunately, it is possible to find good, affordable wine that drinks well above its…

wines of mullineux
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TASTING THE WINES OF MULLINEUX & LEEU

I first met Chris and Andrea Mullineux in South Africa back in 2007 under the shade of a kindly old tree at the Tulbagh Mountain Winery (now Fable Wines). Over the course of a leisurely lunch they laid out…

wines of Yalumba
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TASTING THE WINES OF YALUMBA

Photo credit: Yalumba  Louisa Rose has a big job. She is the head winemaker at Yalumba; Australia’s most historic family-owned winery. The wines of Yalumba are renowned for their consistent, high quality – from the affordable “Y Series” to…