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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 757: Tasting with Thomas

Monday, April 6th: Thomas Bachelder arranged for me to have a virtual tasting via Zoom of his Spring release. Here’s his initial email: A note on the “Niagara Chardonnay 3-Terroirs Project:” Making these wines was a thrill for me, and … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 756: Cabin Fever

Since our enforced departure from Las Vegas on Monday, March 23rd, we have been in self-isolation at our house in St. Catharines, relying on the kindness of strangers and good friends alike to keep us in fodder. We have spent … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 755: Las Vegas Here We Come… and Go

Friday, March 13th: Up at 4:30 am to walk Rosie before leaving for the airport at 5:30 for our trip to Las Vegas. An excellent Air Canada Rouge flight (half empty). As soon as you step off the plane into … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 754: Pinot Noir Affair

Wednesday, March 11: Took the Megabus into Toronto for a tasting of Pinot Noir wines scheduled to be featured in The Pinot Affair at 10 Ontario wineries, April 24–26. The event was held at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 753: Ravine

Lydia Tomek, Ravine Vineyard’s winemaker, invited me to lunch to taste her 2019 wines. In the winery’s dining room, we opened with a glass of Ravine Vineyard Brut, a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, aged 5 years. (Green … Continue reading

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