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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 776: Médoc Webinar

On November 17th, I participated in a Zoom webinar on the wines of the Médoc conducted by the Montreal sommelier Veronique Rivest, with one wine from each of the region’s eight appellations. (All the wines were deep ruby in colour.)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 775: Le Grand Clos & CedarCreek Pinots

Tuesday, November 10th: Thomas Bachelder, the winemaker for Clos Jordanne (as well as Domaine Queylus and his own Bachelder label) invited Rick Van Sickle and me to lunch at the St. Catharines Club to taste the 2018 vintage of Clos … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 774: Tasting in the Bat Cave

Thomas Bachelder’s Niagara Chardonnays & Pinots “It’s good to talk ancient history with you guys because my head’s still in 2020.” Thomas Bachelder hosted Rick Van Sickle and me in his tasting room at 3999 Locust Lane in Beamsville. He … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 773: Okanagan’s Bartier Bros.

In 2009, brothers Michael and Don Bartier formed the company Bartier Bros. to work two vineyards in the southern Okanagan, and in 2015 they opened their own winery, where they now produce 3,000 cases a year.  They kindly sent me … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 772: Nature versus Nurture

Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Experiment Ed Madronich, proprietor of Flat Rock Cellars, invited me to a Zoom tasting of the winery’s 2019 Pinot Noirs. He had sent over a bottle of each of the Estate Pinot Noir, Gravity Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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