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Ontario Wine Awards Goes Virtual During the Pandemic

Niagara, Friday, August 28th, 2020: 2020 would have been the 26th year for the Ontario Wine Awards. Unfortunately, COVID-19 put paid to the usual rigorous judging of entries by 24 highly qualified tasters. However, our OWA team was determined that … Continue reading

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The Hypochondriac’s Survival Guide to COVID-19

Amazon refuses to publish my book The Hypochondriac’s Survival Guide to COVID-19. So I’m giving it away free. My friend Frank Daley, who edited it, has posted the saga on his website, The Daley Post. Proceeds from the sale of … Continue reading

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Murder in Moscow: The Oblast Court Trial

This isn’t about wine – it’s about something to read… while drinking wine. An accidental shooting, a teenager’s death, and the resulting trial lead to some astounding results. Alexandr Bazenov only wanted to protect his property from thieves. Instead, his … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting Trivia

What is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux? Merlot Riesling Cabernet Sauvignon Thompson Seedless At what speed does a champagne cork leave a champagne bottle? 25 kph 50 kph 65 kph 100 kph Corton-Charlemagne is a: German Eiswein white … Continue reading

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Meet Marquette

As of August of this year, a new winter-hardy hybrid has been added to the VQA’s list of authorized grape varieties. It’s called Marquette and, according to Wikipedia, it’s  “an inter-specific hybrid red wine grape variety developed at the University … Continue reading

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