On my recent trip to Canada, one of my favourite experiences (of many good ones) was visiting Norman Hardie in Prince Edward County. He’s making some brilliant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and so I was delighted to find out that The Wine Society are bringing in a couple of his wines. They’ve chosen very well: [...]
I’m steadily writing up my producer visits from my recent trip to Ontario wine country. The latest report is from the visit to Tawse, where my highest-scoring wine was actually a small-production Syrah.
I love cool climate Syrah, and Niagara can do it pretty well if this bottle is anything to go by. Of course, you’d [...]
On Friday I spent the afternoon playing cricket. Yes, more play. Less work. Still striving after the elusive balance. It was for the Wine Trade XI, against a touring Aussie team, Canterbury Cricket Club from Melbourne, at Hampton Wick. In a 40 over game, a relatively strong Wine Trade bowling attack kept them to 157-9, [...]
While it is still fresh in my mind, I must finish my series of Canadian-themed blog posts by summing up the final day. Actually, this post encompasses Saturday and Sunday morning, which more or less merged into one, in an exhausting but fun fashion.
Let me begin with the lunch at Hidden Bench winery, on the Beamsville [...]
On Sunday morning, after a few hours’ sleep on a couch, I was interviewed by the charming Konrad Ebjich, about my impressions on Canadian wine. I thought Konrad asked some good questions. You can watch the video here:
There’s also another video of me, caught on Monday evening at the fabulous Enoteca Ascari in Toronto, by [...]
Friday night saw the official start of the i4c (international cool climate chardonnay conference). This was titled ’8 chefs, 8 grills’ and was held at Hillebrand winery in Niagara.
The walk around tasting began well, in the early evening sunshine. But soon some epic thunderclouds rolled in, and before long we had to evacuate indoors. There [...]
My Canadian adventure continued with a chance to live the Canadian dream – a quick trip Lake Muskoka with some of my new Canadian friends, and all-round good guy Ruud Madsaam of Staete Landt in New Zealand. We went out on a boat, swam, drank beer, chatted, went for a long run in the heat, [...]
Svetlana Atcheva of Enoteca Ascari at work on a Cotat wax capsule.
Monday evening in Toronto. A fun gathering of wine people at Enoteca Ascari. You can’t capture an evening like this is a blog post, but there are some wines that I’d like to mention, because they were so good.
Derek Barnett, winemaker at [...]
At Hinterland with Jonas and Vicki
So, my Canadian adventure continues. And this is turning into an epic trip. Such great people, and some seriously good wines. Day 3 was spent in Prince Edward County, which is a bit cooler than Niagara (for example, in winter it gets so cold here that the vines have [...]
A great day in Niagara wine country. 58 wines tasted at four different wineries. Lots learned. Helicopters flown in: 1.
The day started at Southbrook Vineyards, which was Canada’s first certified biodynamic wine producer. It’s an impressive, modern LEED-certified winery, too. I met with winemakers Ann Sperling and Brian Hamilton (above), and we tasted through a [...]