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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 839: Tawse Wines

Tawse Quarry Road Riesling 2019 (Vinemount Ridge) Pale straw in colour; minerally, grapefruit nose with a light floral note; developing petrol aromas; just off-dry, honeyed grapefruit and lime flavours with zesty acidity. Long, crisp finish. Can be opened now but … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 838: Celebrating the Taste of Home (and Away)

Monday, April 25th: A tasting of Ontario wines at the renovated Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto. Fifty selected wines in the press room with 200 in the main ballroom. It was quite like pre-COVID times! An air of celebration in … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 837: Big Wines from Big Head

Deborah and I visited Big Head’s new facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake and tasted a few of the 42 wines that Andrzej Lipinski has on the market. The new winery is 7,000 square feet and Andrzej showed us the plans for an … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 836: Rosehall Run

My office, according to my wife, is a mess. There are papers everywhere and I confess that one pile concealed notes I have written on wines kindly sent to me by Rosehall Run in Prince Edward County – wines I … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 835: Glorious Gamays

Thomas Bachelder left his heart in Burgundy; luckily, for the rest of us, he brought his winemaking talents to Niagara. Thomas thinks like a Burgundian. He only makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay. This week is his La Violette Release … Continue reading

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