Category Archives: Wine Lover’s Diary

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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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 771: Winemaker’s Cut

I received six wines from an Okanagan Valley winery called Winemaker’s Cut. Here’s an explanation of their name, taken from their website: “Like a director’s cut, an edited version of a film that represents the director’s unique point of view, … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 770: Virtually in the Douro

Tuesday, September 15th: Participated in a virtual press visit via Zoom to Taylor Fladgate in the Douro with CO Adrian Bridge as our guide. He told us that there were temperatures in the 40s during the summer and harvest, which … Continue reading

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