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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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.
After two brutal winters they’ve decided to replant 24 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Some more Canadian highlights. They might be tough to locate, but they are worth the chase.
Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada
Thomas Bachelder is one of Canada’s winemaking heroes. This Chardonnay has a wonderful matschstick/mineral and spice edge to the nutty nose. Very fine and expressive palate with pear, peach, spice and [...]
Thursday’s Canadian wine tasting and seminar at Canada House was a great success. Lots of energy and enthusiasm, great people, and some lovely wines. Here are some of my favourites, that you should try if you get a chance.
Norman Hardie Chardonnay Cuvee L 2012 Ontario, Canada
This is a blend of Prince Edward County [...]