A field of dreams, a bottle of hope at Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards
Wines In Niagara
by Rick VanSickle
4d ago
By Rick VanSickle There seems to be no end to the innovations that Niagara’s Stratus Vineyards won’t tackle to make its winery — and wines — more sustainable. The benchmark Niagara-on-the-Lake winery is certified sustainable by Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario and attained LEED certification for its full facility years ago. On Earth Day it released a new, super-premium wine in re-used bottles. Stratus believes this “pioneering” project marks the first time a North American winery has re-used their own glass wine bottles, setting “a new benchmark for environmental responsibility in the wine indu ..read more
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Black Bank Hill’s first estate wines offer glimpse at exciting future
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by Rick VanSickle
1w ago
By Rick VanSickle It’s heartening to watch a new(ish) Niagara winery emerge from the ground up with a clear vision that’s just starting to come into focus. Also in this Niagara Wine Report: The recent Grapes for Humanity charity wine auction raised over $440,000, plus our pick from the Niagara wines released Saturday — an Estate Chardonnay from Westcott Vineyards. The front and back view of the completed winery and tasting/retail facility at Black Bank Hill. When last at the Black Bank Hill winery in the fall of 2022, proprietor Taylor Emerson had no winery, no tasting room, and no estate win ..read more
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The pure joy of County-centric wine: The Last House and Rosehall Run in the spotlight
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by Rick VanSickle
2w ago
By Rick VanSickle It was supposed to be the first “porch” wine tasting of the year, but the endless stormy, chilly weather this spring forced us inside where a party broke out. Not the kind where you dance like Elaine, more of a rising crescendo of chatter brought on by good wine and good people. Such was the totally unstructured, unscripted tasting at Chez VanSickle with Last House Vineyard proprietor André Gagné, his wife and co-owner Debra Mathews (below) and a surprise visitor, my wife Maureen. Any serious talk of malolactic fermentation, hand riddling and titratable acidity gave way to t ..read more
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Wines in Niagara writer VanSickle named Wine Writer of the Year by Wines in Niagara
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by Rick VanSickle
2w ago
By Rick VanSickle CATHARINES, April 26, 2024 /CNW/ – Wines in Niagara proudly announces Rick VanSickle, publisher and writer at Wines in Niagara, as the recipient of the Distinguished Canadian Wine Writer of the Year Award, part of its prestigious Awards of Distinction within the Excellence in Wine Writing Awards program. This esteemed accolade recognizes Mr. VanSickle’s exceptional leadership as Publisher and Chief Wine Writer for Wines in Niagara, one of the region’s foremost sources, according to VanSickle, for the frivolous pursuit of fine, 100% grown Ontario wine. With more than three dec ..read more
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Judgment of Niagara: Southbrook goes toe to toe with the reds of Bordeaux
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by Rick VanSickle
3w ago
By Rick VanSickle It’s not that unusual to see groups of Niagara winemakers tasting the best wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Germany beside their own. It’s part of the job. Note, also in this Niagara Wine Report: Three Niagara (and one Chianti) wine recommendations from the Vintages release this Saturday, including Foreign Affair sparkling, Bachelder Village Chardonnay, Tragically Hip reserve red, and a smartly priced Chianti Riserva from Uggiano Roccialta, plus two new bubbles from Southbrook and Henry of Pelham. Edward Qu pours the wines for the Judgment of Niagara at Southbroo ..read more
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Soar with the eagles, an odyssey of tasting at Niagara’s Two Sisters winery
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by Rick VanSickle
1M ago
By Rick VanSickle I do not know of another Niagara winery that has an elevator, but if you want the best you need to take it to get to the inner sanctum of the Two Sisters Estate Winery for the Stone Eagle Experience. It’s a quick ride to the third-floor private room. It opens to a large tasting table, full wine bar, and a wine rack filled to the brim with back vintages and current top tier Two Sister and Stone Eagle wines. This is where estate sommelier Dieter Unruh uncorks the estate’s best cellar treasures and the ultra-premium Stone Eagle collection of wines. I am on this day of tasting w ..read more
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Out of darkness, into the light, a Niagara wine tasting report that’s out of this world
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by Rick VanSickle
1M ago
By Rick VanSickle There was darkness, then minutes later, light once again bathed the vineyards while a cacophony of birds chirps as if it was dawn at 3:30 in the afternoon; such was the scene at Westcott Vineyards for the total eclipse of the sun. It was eerie and enthralling at the same time despite the cloudy conditions that only permitted brief glimpses of the celestial event. Guests cheered the magical moments of totality and oohed and awed as the phases of the eclipse peeked from the clouds and brought Niagara back into light. There’s a metaphor there somewhere but suffice to say it wasn ..read more
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One more time, From the Heart … Grapes for Humanity Charity wine auction preview
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by Rick VanSickle
1M ago
By Rick VanSickle The Canadian wine community is once again giving “from the heart” for the upcoming 2024 Grapes for Humanity Fine Wine Auction that goes live on April 12. Also in this Ontario Wine Report: Our picks from the Vintages release Saturday, including rosés from Westcott Vineyards and Southbrook, four Hidden Bench wines and a Chardo from Domaine Le Clos Jordanne. The annual online auction, which is conducted in partnership with Grapes for Humanity Canada and Dymon Wine Cellars, is held to raise funds for Tree Canada, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Halo Trust, in support o ..read more
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Cru Gamays galore in Bachelder’s spring release — what to expect from the wines
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by Rick VanSickle
1M ago
By Rick VanSickle Hauling a big-ass map showing the intricately laced terroirs of Niagara Wine Country’s sub-appellations, Thomas Bachelder stops in the middle of New York City for a quick photo. He’s standing on Lexington Avenue, across from Dos Caminos, home of the famous Margarita Madness, and on his way to the Canadian Consulate with a café latte in hand, where he and partner/wife Mary Delaney are about to pour Bachelder and Domaine Le Clos Jordanne wines for the New York City wine trade as part of a Team Canada contingent. Wherever Thomas goes his terroir map is sure to follow. Wherever T ..read more
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The big push for a VQA Canada solution to grape calamities across the county
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by Rick VanSickle
1M ago
By Rick VanSickle The birth of the Canadian wine industry was a chaotic time, and the man who was at the centre of it all is still at it 50 years later. And it took a weather catastrophe this past winter in B.C. wine country to reawaken that passion in Donald Ziraldo, who in 1975, received the first new winery licence in almost 50 years along with his late partner Karl Kaiser of Inniskillin Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. That licence proved to be the catalyst for kick-starting the modern wine industry in this country. Up until that point, Ontario was planted to a sea of labrusca grapes ..read more
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