Category Archives: Wine Lover’s Diary

A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 859: Thomas Bachelder, Poet Laureate of Niagara Terroir

Saturday, November 19th: The day of the first big winter snow storm. Mary Delaney, Thomas Bachelder’s partner, graciously picked me up to drive me to the “Bat Cave” – Thomas’s wine cellar on Lundy’s Lane – to taste his Toussaint … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 858: Israel, part II

Wednesday, October 19th: We couldn’t get breakfast at the Alegra Hotel because the hotel’s chef lived in an Arab village that had been put under lockdown for security reasons. The manager gave us a voucher to eat at the Mala … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 857: Israel

Wednesday, October 12th: This was Deborah’s and my 25th anniversary gift to ourselves. Ubered to Pearson airport for our Air Transat flight to Gatwick Airport, where we would transfer to a Wizz flight to Tel Aviv. A small child directly … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 856: De-alcoholized Wine and Dogs

Saturday, October 8th: I was invited to a tasting of de-alcoholized wines at Vineland Estates. The winery imports a range from Germany called Eins Zwei Zero, produced by a company called Leitz in the Rheingau – Sparkling Riesling, still Riesling, … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 855: Le Clos Jordanne, Sandhill, Closson Chase and the OWA Sponsors’ Wine Tour

Thomas Bachelder toured me around Le Clos Jordanne’s vineyards and explained the vintage to me. 2022 was a warm dry summer but too many rain showers late in the season. Brix levels are low and the fruit is phenolic-ly ripe; … Continue reading

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