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Brock University toasts gift of 2,500 historically significant wines

Renowned wine expert Michael Vaughan has selected Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) as the new home of his impeccably preserved collection of award-winning Canadian wines. The Michael Vaughan Wine Collection contains 2,500 bottles of historical wines … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 813: First Flight Since Covid Struck

Friday, September 17th: A 7:30 am Swoop flight from Hamilton to Abbotsford in BC – to visit our daughter Annabel and grandson Declan. In the seat behind us was a toddler who screamed like a wounded animal the entire five-hour … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 812: Flat Rock Cellars New Releases

Flat Rock Cellars Good Karma Chardonnay 2020 (Niagara Peninsula, $16.95 LCBO #56873, to be released Sept. 18th) Bright, straw colour; apple bouquet with a thread of minerality; medium-bodied, dry, apple and lemon flavours caried on lively acidity. (88) Flat Rock … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 811: Eight Wines to Savour

Cave Mystère Merlot 2018 (Cadillac, Bordeaux, $19.95, Vintages #17232, to be released Nov. 13th) Opaque purple-ruby in colour; cedary, plum and blueberry nose with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, blueberry flavour with a floral note. (89) Speck Brothers … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 810: Seven Wines

Malivoire Mottiar Chardonnay 2019 (Beamsville Bench, $34.95, winery only) Bright straw colour; toasty, spicy, melon and pear bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, lemon, melon and apple flavours with well-integrated oak; wonderfully fresh on the palate. (90)

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