I. Am. A Canadian wine drinker. And I have no idea what that means. Searching for clarity in a murky sea of diverging identities from coast to coast

    I am a Canadian wine drinker. Yes, I drink Canadian Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that’s a given, but L’Acadie Blanc, Léon Millot, Marechal Foch and even Zweigelt all find their way into my glass from time to time. Hell yes, I am Canadian and I never discriminate, so if I see a Nebbiolo, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara or anything appassimento, fill me up.

    10 readers - By Wines In Niagara

    Fort Berens Winery Grand Opening

    This week marked yet another milestone for one of British Columbia’s most pioneering wineries. Invited media and the many friends of Fort Berens Estate Winery gathered in Lillooet to celebrate the official grand opening of the new tasting room and production facility.

    6 readers - By Adventures in BC Wine


      Gothic Epicures VinCuisine - - 6 readers - 1.Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $22.95. Now available at Marks and Sparks, er, Marks and Spencer UK for 15.99 pounds (about the same price as here in the Vintages Essentials program). It's an organic wine also certified as biodynamic by Demeter. It is an intense, well-developed cabby savvy, typically North American, with twist top and 12.9% ABV.

      Southbrook Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting

      Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews - - 5 readers - I received these wines to celebrate Southbrook Vineyards' recent inclusion into the high-quality prepared food section of distinguished British retailer Marks & Spencer. Southbrook is now the sole Canadian vintner to be found in this section. This is also Southbrook's first foray into the U.K. market with Demeter-certified biodynamic wine.

      Bigger Pinot

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 6 readers - This is a ‘biggie’ for Ontario Pinot. Certainly on the dark and manly side. Quite tannic, with woodsy, earthy flavours – shades of Barolo or Barbera ...

      Tasting Fees and the Resulting Online Comments

      Wine Country BC - - 5 readers - Tasting fees, and the online comments that result from them, are becoming an “issue” here in wine country. Each year it seems more wineries start to realize how much wine they give away and how much customers are coming to expect (or vociferously demand) free wine to taste.

    The latest about Vqa


      … and 12.9% ABV. The many times that I have had it, I gave it a ranking of 89 – 93 depending on the wine's development at the time. Lately, it has been higher. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures. 2.Mike Weir Vinyasa 2013 VQA Niagara, +379131 $13.95: another entry in the local lo-cal winemaking. Vinyasa refers…

      6 readers - By Gothic Epicures VinCuisine

      Fort Berens Winery Grand Opening

      … the progress and promise it denotes. I was fortunate enough to board a bus bound for the celebrations during the early hours of the morning, alongside two dozen other local wine writers and enthusiasts. Our host and guide on the five hour journey north from Vancouver through the Fraser Canyon was Heleen herself, fresh from Wednesday’s VQA fall trade…

      6 readers - By Adventures in BC Wine

      Recapping Garagiste North 2014

      … winery to follow online. I think I bought my Viognier at a VQA store so they shouldn’t be that hard to find. VinPerdu Cellars Cabernet Franc (barrel sample) – I’m a sucker for Cabernet Franc. I’m also a sucker for barrel samples. So already this winery is a good fit for me. The sample was young and a bit hidden but showed some good fruit…

      3 readers - By Wine Country BC

      County Dry Riesling

      …WHERE’S MY QUICHE?! Riesling is not touted as a big thing here in the County, but The Grange has produced a wonderful citrusy, razor edged edition. There’s the purity and freshness of a Mosel, along with the savoury character of Alsace. Fab aperitif, early evening drink – and partner for quiche. GRANGE OF PRINCE EDWARD 12 Riesling, VQA PEC 28258 $15.95…

      1 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      2nd Coming of Colio

      … as richness and flavor. You could call it a toned-down Chard, or a toned-up PG. As the ad used to say ‘you could take it anywhere’. Especially to a supper table of pork or chicken, or cream sauced pasta. COLIO 13 Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio ‘Bricklayer’s Predicament’, VQA Lake Erie North Shore 371567 $13.95 The Sauvignon is atypical, low-flavoured, devoid…

      1 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Paglione Estate Winery: Lake Erie North Shore Winery Visit

      … for these bottlings came from as the wines weren’t marked “estate” and the labels didn’t carry the Lake Erie North Shore VQA designation. At least some grapes may have come from the plentiful vineyards in the area. That’s not unusual for new wineries while their own vineyards mature. As we were enjoying our tasting, the kitchen was kept hopping. We…

      5 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

      LCBO Vintages release – September 13, 2014 (WVN 200)

      …, as reported in the 2103-2014 annual report of the WCO: It is noteworthy that volume growth has slowed recently while value growth continues at a solid pace, a reflection of premiumization of the VQA category. The sales data reported by the WCO includes LCBO sales ($116 million), winery cellar door sales ($116 million) and exports ($40 million…

      1 readers - By The Winesights Reader

      Chef Meets BC Grape

      …Just like “The Lake” that I wrote about last month, this event is another one that I’d really like to attend but won’t be able to. It’s a great series of wine events called “Chef Meets BC Grape” presented by the Arts Club Theater starting on September 17th. There’s a lot of local names (well, local for me because I live in the Okanagan) on the list…

      4 readers - By Wine Country BC

      A common weal of September VINTAGES best buys

      … of admission. As a member of the wine writer’s commonwealth of Ontario it is my trusted duty to help make sense of the bi-weekly barrage and to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read about how our amazing local wines are created here lcbo.me/1uvVxDR #LCBOtastelocal #VQA @WineCountryOnt— (@LCBO) September 10, 2014 Wine critics can be fussy people…

      3 readers - By Godello

      Southbrook Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting

      … 2013 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#117556) (D) - $21.95 Stelvin screw cap. Medium intensity, elegant lime and mineral nose with hints of lychee, floral and citrus coming from the 5% (Reimer Vineyard) Gewürztraminer that adds some interesting complexity. Honeyed fruits with floral tones lead the way on medium-bodied palate. Also…

      5 readers - By Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews


      …-palate and the length. Could be aged two more years. QPR: 93. TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 1.Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2011 VQA PEC, +132928, $21.95. QPR: 90. 2.Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Southern Valleys Marlborough, +663286, $20.95, QPR: 89. 3.Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musque 2012…

      5 readers - By Gothic Epicures VinCuisine