Tag Archive "riesling"

Niagara Peninsula Wine Route - Winter 2014

Ontario Wine, 2014 Vintage

Each year Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA) Ontario publishes a report on vintage conditions for the previous year in the major wine appellations of Ontario: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore (LENS), and Prince Edward County ...

Eiswein, Icewine, Late Harvest: Sommelier’s Perspective

Eiswein production in Germany during the 1700s began quite unintentionally when wine grapes froze on the vine before harvest time and winemakers made the frozen grapes into a sweet wine, what we know today as Icewine. Hainle ...

Thanksgiving, White or Red? Oakville’s Sommelier

Both white and red wines can make wonderful pairings for your Thanksgiving dinner! Choose light to medium bodied wines to avoid overwhelming your turkey and trimmings. Rose and sparkling wines make great aperitifs, and they can ...

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling

Summer, Finger Lakes, Wine: Oakville Sommelier

This past week of summer found me traveling through the Finger Lakes of New York State visiting friends and the winery of Dr. Konstantin Frank. Located on the west side of Keuka Lake, this winery ...

Pillitteri Barrel Cellar Photo credit: Pillitteri

Niagara Peninsula and Wine Tasting: Sommelier’s Perspective

The last couple of days in the Niagara Peninsula Wine Region have been hot!! To cool off, I visited local winery tasting rooms with great air conditioning, and one cool barrel cellar. Beginning at Southbrook ...

VQA, Ontario Appellations and Varietals: Oakville Sommelier

I recently presented an overview of Ontario VQA wines for the Oakville Newcomer’s Club Wine Group night. We tasted a variety of wines, mostly Niagara Peninsula VQA: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, ...

Boston, Vinifera, and Burgundy: Oakville Sommelier

Online I discovered a winery in the Greater Boston area by the name of Turtle Creek.  I like their quote, “Mirabile dictu! In vino narratio” (In wine is the story, marvelous in the telling). Strangely enough, I just ...

Earth Hour: Sommelier Oakville

Earth Hour 2013 is on March 23rd at 8:30 p.m. What will you be doing? I plan to drink local wines from Ontario! With all of the choices we have access to in this province, ...

Springtime – Rosé – Niagara: Oakville’s Sommelier

The 2013 March equinox is coming up in Oakville on Wednesday, March 20th. Why not have a wine tasting party to welcome spring? Gather up your wine-loving friends and decide on a theme. Here are ...

Celebrating Ontario Wine: Sommelier’s Perspective

A beautiful, sunny, warmish day in Jordan Village, not weather one would expect in January during the annual Twenty Valley Winter Winefest! Although this is what we got last month. Despite the ice sculptures melting ...