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COOL CLIMATE WINES…WHAT ARE THEY?

Photo credit: Domaine St. Jacques If you have spent any time chatting with wine geeks lately you may have heard them refer to certain wines as being “cool climate” in style. Perhaps you found yourself wondering, what are cool…

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IT’S TIME TO DRINK SOUTH AFRICAN WINE

It’s Time to Drink South African Wine The Covid lock-down has been hard on wineries all across the globe. Months of sale revenues from winery tasting rooms and restaurant clients lost, stocks of unsold wines piling up. The situation…

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Wine Region Stereotypes: A Sancerre Story

Wine Region Stereotypes: A Sancerre Story Photo credit: Domaine Joseph Mellot The sheer volume of wines being produced from an ever-increasing number of countries and regions is enough to leave even the most wine savvy shoppers feeling overwhelmed. Especially…

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Affordable Wine Finds from Portugal

Shopping in stores is a stressful business these days. The line ups, the distancing, the masks, the fear of touching anyone or anything…  The days of browsing liquor store aisles at a leisurely pace, hunting down great, affordable wine…

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Drink Local Wine This Week-End

Photo credit: Stratus Vineyards The imperative to drink local wine has never been stronger. Lock-down has deprived our wineries of two huge revenue streams: their on-site tasting rooms and their restaurant accounts. Sadly, whereas most country’s around the globe…

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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…

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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…

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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…