Vintners Quality Alliance, or VQA, is a regulatory and appellation system which guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines made under that system in British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to regulatory systems in France (AOC), Spain (DO), Italy (DOC), and Germany (QmP). The VQA system allows for sub-appellations, by which the grapes for wines are sourced from extremely specific geographical locations with different soil and climate. This is in accordance with the concept of terroir.In addition, there are other classifications of wine in Canada. British Columbia has a category known as "Wines of Distinction" and Nova Scotia has "Wines of Nova Scotia".
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    • Gift Wines: 5 Tips on How to Pick a Great Bottle

      Want to give someone a bottle of wine this year? Here are quick tips on how to choose a great gift wine this holiday that we discussed on CBC Ontario Morning in the audio clip below. Click on the arrow above to listen to the clip. You can get all my wine reviews of great gift wines (including those for yourself) showing the stock for each bottle at your closest liquor stores.

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
    • 14 Canadian wines that rocked in 2014

      Gold Medal Plates Toronto 2014 silent auction guitar signed by Canadian musicians In 2013 the number chosen to highlight excellence in Canadian wine was 13. Symmetry and permutations with repetition are one thing, quality in winemaking is yet another. The expectation is fully understood that next year there will be 15 wines on the list. And so on and so forth.

      Michael Godel/ Godello- 9 readers -
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    • Gold Medal Plates Toronto 2014

      Gold Medal winning plate, Gold Medal Plates, Toronto 2014: Canoe’s Chef John Horne’s Grandview Short Ribs Glazed with Tree Syrups (c) Ronald Ng Photography When head judge David Lawrason asked me to join him and fellow WineAlign colleague Sara d’Amato to preside over the wines at Gold Medal Plates Toronto, I paused for a brief moment.

      Michael Godel/ Godello- 4 readers -
  • 2012 Fielding Red Conception

    …, and a hint of pepper. This is a lovely cab franc, approachable now. It will hold up well to red meats and the like. Fielding have done a great job of making what I would refer to as an everyday red, or an entry level cab franc. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice. From the LCBO web site: Fielding Red Conception VQA Blend — LCBO#: 189183 STYLE – Medium…

    John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guyin Syrah- 12 readers -
  • Holiday Wines – Local Whites

    … – so I say Rock On Rockwood. Niagara College grad David Stasiuk is working wonders at this winery. CAVE SPRING 12 Dry Riesling, VQA Niagara 233635 $14.95 MEGALOMANIAC 12 ‘Local Squeeze’, VQA Niagara 357418 $13.95 ROCKWOOD ‘Patio 9’ Pink, VQA Niagara 323766 $12.95 …

    Billy's Best Bottlesin Riesling- 3 readers -

    …. Quality/Price rating is 92 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures. 4.Puklus Pinceszet Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2008, +47209 Vintages, $35.95 for 500 mL: intense Hungarian nectar, full of apricot, dried peach and orange peel, tempered with caramelization. Long finish deserves foie gras as a starter, or quality blue cheese as an ending. Good…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 4 readers -
  • How can a wine be DRY??

    … are somewhat negligent about. (I’ve had customers who state in no uncertain terms that they can’t stand oaked wines praise the lovely cocoa and vanilla aromas in the merlot that I’d just poured for them…) This isn’t as common as the one thing that I’ve noticed that seems to be all over the place in terms of understanding about wine; Dryness in wine. I…

    Wine Country BC- 3 readers -
  • Exciting Wine Gifts!

    … . . . serious, soulful Amarone. Forget ‘yummy’, this is a classy wine for the connoisseur in your gang. Sure to be ‘much appreciated’. MASI ‘Mazzano’ 07 Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 215764 Vintages $101.95 . . . classy Napa Cab. At a recent tasting it blew away wines at twice the price. STAGS’ LEAP 10 ‘The Leap Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa…

    Billy's Best Bottlesin Cabernet Sauvignon- 4 readers -
  • An Analysis of British Columbia’s New Pricing Policy

    … On November 19, 2014 the Government of British Columbia announced a new pricing model for liquor that is to become effective on April 1, 2015. The Government’s claim is that the new policy will provide “greater consumer choice and convenience, support small- and medium-sized breweries to grow and expand, and ensure fair and equitable wholesale…

    Just Grapes- 2 readers -
  • Authenticating icewine: closer, if not quite close enough

    … after dinner with a few ounces of icewine and an active mind in search of a target, maybe two active minds if you have a companion. Conversation turns to the wine, how desperate those first Germans must have been to salvage their inadvertently frozen grapes and how arduous and expensive repeating the process on purpose now is. You speculate…

    The Wine-o-scope- 1 readers -
  • Off-Season Wine Touring

    … release their wines as soon as the previous vintage has sold out. Very few wineries release their wines only when the wine is deemed ready by the wine maker or winery owner. These last two scenarios mean that any particular wine could very likely be released at any time of the year. The best thing is to follow the winery’s website or through social…

    Wine Country BC- 3 readers -
  • Local Sparkling Picks and…

    … as Champagne and is located just down the highway. Bouillot bubbly got me excited with its feeling of luxury. And low price. A lovely ‘quiet moments’ drink. LOUIS BOUILLOT 09 Cremant de Bourgogne, Brut, France 178137 Vintages $19.95 Ferrari makes Italian bubbly by the Champagne (oops, I mean Traditional) method. Bold, characterful stuff that’s a lot better value than the car. At least in my opinion. FERRARI Brut, Trento, Italy 352153 Vintages $25.95 …

    Billy's Best Bottlesin Riesling- 1 readers -
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