#gogamaygo: the rising star of Gamay from Ontario

As part of Toronto’s Terroir Symposium I was asked to lead a tasting of Ontario Gamay. It was titled by the hashtag that Canadian Dr Janet Dorozynski came up with a few years back: #gogamaygo.

This is a variety that’s doing pretty well in Ontario. Ten years ago there were 25 different Gamays from here; now […]

Tasting appassimento-style wines from Niagara, Canada

This tasting at the Terroir symposium in Toronto was led by Elsa Macdonald, and it focused on the topic of her MW dissertation: appassimento-style wines from Canada’s Niagara peninsula.

These are wines that have been made from grapes that have been dried pre-fermentation. The drying process, made famous in the Veneto region of Italy for its […]

Comparing New Zealand and Ontario Pinot Noirs

Yesterday I took part in a really interesting event in Toronto. It brought together 12 Ontario Pinot Noirs with 12 New Zealand Pinots in a blind tasting, and I was one of the three session leaders, along with John Szabo (who coordinated the tasting) and Cameron Douglas. We had different winemakers on our panel as […]

Rathjen Cellars Wine Bunker Red 2016 Vancouver Island

Canada makes some great wines these days. We have the major regions: Niagara and Prince Edward County in Ontario; Nova Scotia; and the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys in BC. But there are also some smaller regions, including Vancouver Island. This is a really smart wine from the island, which has a very cool climate. It’s […]

In Niagara, Canada: Peller Estates/Trius

Chief winemaker Craig McDonald

The winery that is currently known as Peller Estates (with its brand, Trius) is now in its third iteration. Back in the 1970s, very early days for the region, it was called Newark Wines. It was then bought by Hillebrand. Then it was sold to the Andrew Peller Group, which has […]

In Niagara, Canada: Jackson-Triggs/Arterra

Jackson-Triggs is an important winery for Canada. The story begins back in 1989, when Dr Allan Jackson, who managed the Canadian wine company of brewer Labatt, joined forces with Donald Triggs, who’d previously worked with Labatt, to complete a management buyout of their Canadian wine operation. This became Cartier Wines, and it had operations in […]

In Niagara, Canada: Stratus

I’ve been to Stratus a couple of times now. It’s such a distinctive winery, with a very modern design. This isn’t surprising: it was established by David Feldberg, president and CEO of the Teknion furniture business, and whose father Saul was the founder of the Global Furniture Corporation.

Stratus’ impressive winery relies on gravity flow and […]

In Niagara: Rosewood

Ryan Corrigan and William Roman, Rosewood

Rosewood is a family run business. The vineyards were planted in 2003, the first harvest was 2006 and the doors opened in 2008. I visited with GM William Roman, and winemaker Ryan Corrigan. This visit was one of the big surprises of my Niagara trip, because quietly, since Ryan […]

In Niagara: 13th Street

JP Colas, winemaker, 13th Street

13th Street winery celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. It was started in 1998 by four friends who were amateur winemakers, two of whom were grape growers. After a decade, they sold to the current owners: John and June Mann, and Doug and Karen Whitty. Both of these couples are […]

In Niagara, Canada: Leaning Post

Ilya Senchuk, Leaning Post

Ilya Senchuk has been making wines in Niagara for a while now. He started off with Daniel Lencko, then went to Foreign Affairs, and then started his own virtual winery, Leaning Post, specializing in making wines from interesting vineyards across the region. Seven years ago he and his wife Nadia purchased […]