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By: Globe and Mail, October 28, 2010
If there's one thing that distinguishes us as Canadians besides excessive politeness, a passion for hockey and devotion to public health care, it's this: a need for foreign approbation.
The Ontario wine industry got that in spades late last month at an event in London. The occasion was a tasting of top Ontario chardonnays held, symbolically, at Canada House on majestic Trafalgar Square. Organized by Bill Redelmeier, owner of Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara, it was designed to showcase some of the province's best bottlings to the British press, a group that has historically held inordinate sway in the adjudication of fermented-grape juice... / Read More
By: John Schreiner, Goodgrog Blog, September 6, 2010
Since opening in 2006, Twisted Tree Vineyards at Osoyoos has developed a following among consumers who appreciate wines that are not always mainstream varietals.
This summer’s releases, for example, have included the first two vintages of Tannat made in the Okanagan. The winery also releases Tempranillo, Carmenère and blends of the Rhone whites, Marsanne and Roussanne... / Read More
By: Daenna Van Mulligen, WineDiva.com, August 9, 2010
This is an earthy and peppery wine, appropriately labeled Syrah (rather than Shiraz) that is layered with sweet dark berries, chocolate and a hint of tar. The palate has a powdery texture and concentrated flavours of espresso. earth and peppery spices. A solid wine, well-made with nicely balanced acidity... / Read More
By: Beppi Crosariol, Globe and Mail, October 13, 2009
I recently shared a drink with a visiting chef from Chile, Pilar Rodriguez. She's cooking in Toronto this week to promote Chilean wine and food on behalf of her country's foreign-affairs department. It may sound like a plum job, but there's a downside; she's forced to spend lots of time with nerdy wine writers like me.
For our meeting, she kindly brought along a bottle of Perez Cruz Syrah Reserva Limited Edition that she wanted to show off. At about $25, it's not your usual bargain Chilean red, which I think was the point. And I must say I liked it. But it was how she described the wine that turned me on to it as much the flavour: She called it "sexy." ... / Read Try on these warm-me-up-wines