Yes California has great weather, but that weather also very reliable: in terms of wine production, that generally means not much "vintage variation". La Crema's latest pinot from Sonoma Coast is proof of that - it's just as good as in previous years.
One of the newest (and fanciest) wineries in Niagara on the Lake is Two Sisters Vineyards. It's been open a couple of years now and has a great location off the Niagara Parkway. I was very impressed with the Eleventh Post meritage I picked up back in May.
Kathleen Wynne, Sept. 23, 2015.
The real Christmas present was under The Beer Store's tree: a raft of restrictions on a limited number of supermarkets with a very slow rollout process.
Cab franc is cab sauv's poor cousin... in Bordeaux it is rarely the main grape in the blend and the pure cab francs from Loire Valey appellations like Chinon remain inexpensive afterthoughts. Have you ever even seen a California cab franc?
While it lacks the power and fruit of cab sauv, cab franc performs well in Ontario. Here's a classic example of cool climate cab with its distinctive bell-pepper green note. It's from Chateau des Charmes.
A trio of wines from Columbia Crest in Washington state show an impressive price/quality ratio. Top favourites chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot from this often overlooked wine region were featured in a release at the LCBO at the end of June.
Upon announcing the signing of the “framework” agreement on revised beer retailing laws, Premier Wynne specifically mentioned that one of the objectives of was to keep Ontario’s beer prices “among the lowest in Canada”. The Beer Store’s spin on deregulation also argues that it keeps prices "low". But how true is that?
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