For thanksgiving: 20 top Canadian wines

So, it’s thanksgiving day in Canada on Monday. I’ve been to Canada a few times over the last couple of years, and tasted some lovely wines – and I’ve been very lucky to take part in the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada, which has given me a good overview of what’s going on here. [...]

Recalling adventures in Niagara, Canada

Photo: Louis Goode

Sometimes it’s good to look back on a trip from a short distance. A couple of weeks ago I returned home from eight eventful days in Canada’s Niagara region (there have been trips to Portugal and South Africa since). It was a blast, and I brought back many fond memories. This was [...]

In Toronto, one night only

I was staying overnight in Toronto before flying home early morning. So I hooked up with Nicholas Pearce (above), a wine agent and negociant, for an evening.

We started off in Archive, a seriously nice wine bar with an epic, well-priced wine list that takes Ontario seriously. It’s a lovely space, and we sat for quite a [...]

Niagara falls, four ways

One of the side benefits of judging the National Wine Awards of Canada in Niagara Falls was the chance to spend some quality time with big water. Below is a short film of the Falls, four ways – up close, by boat, by helicopter, and at night. They really are remarkable, and you can get [...]

Niagara wine country, Canada, day 3

Just two visits today. But they were good ones. First, Thomas Bachelder, for the second time on this trip, and that’s no bad thing.

Thomas Bachelder

Thomas is a talented dude, and great to geek out with. We visited his cellar, right next to Fielding and Hidden Bench. It’s not a big or glamorous facility, but [...]

In the Niagara wine region, Canada, day 2

Another day of visits. And they were all good. First of all, I headed off to Flat Rock cellars, hosted by winemaker Jay Johnston. Flat Rock are Riesling specialists, but also make very good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And the wines are very reasonably priced.

Jay Johnston

After two brutal winters they’ve decided to replant 24 [...]

In the Niagara wine region, day 1

In the greenhouse, Niagara College

The first day of my visits in Niagara wine country was an interesting one. I met up with Michael Godel, a really nice Canadian wine journalist, and we did some visits together. First up was Niagara College, where we met with Michael Olson, a well known chef who is on [...]

In Canada: Niagara Falls

I’m in Canada, with younger son Louis. The reason? The National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, organized by WineAlign. I had so much fun being a guest judge last year that I’m delighted to be back. This time we are based in Niagara Falls. Louis will be helping behind the scenes while I judge. I’ll [...]

Gamay Focus, 3 - Orofino 2013, Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada

For number 3 in this Gamay focus, we are heading to the Similkameen Valley in Canada’s British Columbia. It was served at a small dinner I attended last night in Niagara Falls, and of the several bottles served this was the first to be drained.

Canada does well with Gamay, but most of it is in [...]

Six wines from BC, Canada

Tasted these six interesting bottles from British Columbia, Canada, courtesy of Canadian wine writer Treve Ring.

Orofino Riesling 2013 Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada
From a small valley adjacent to the Okanagan, this is a really impressive Riesling. Honeyed, spicy and limey with taut. fresh fruit intensity and a lively finish. 90/100

Little Farm Riesling 2013 Similkameen Valley, [...]