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Love Local – We Take a Look at Flat Rock Cellars

Love Local – We Take a Look at Flat Rock Cellars

Our ongoing series continues to spotlight Ontario wineries that deserve our support not only because they are a local small businesses, but because they produce an excellent, world class product.  This month we feature Flat Rock Cellars. Flat Rock was founded by Ed Madronich Sr., and it is operated with his son, Ed Madronich Jr.  They are focussed on environmentally…

Love Local – Focus on Niagara’s Featherstone Estate

Love Local – Focus on Niagara’s Featherstone Estate

Last month the importance of supporting small businesses was occupying my mind.  Since wineries are local small businesses, we will feature some of them for the next few months starting with Featherstone Estate Winery. Featherstone’s 23 acre vineyard and winery are located near the village of Vineland in the Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara region.  It was founded…

Love Local – Your Community Depends On It

Love Local – Your Community Depends On It

The last 6 weeks has made things different for all of us.  COVID-19 has had an unprecedented effect on how we interact socially to protect us, our loved ones, and society from the virus.  I’m lucky to be a writer since I can still reach you despite physical distancing and for that I am grateful. We Canadians are a resilient…

A Journey Through Sonoma Wine Country

A Journey Through Sonoma Wine Country

A Journey Through Sonoma Wine Country We had the pleasure of touring the Sonoma wine region recently.  Our plan was to visit wineries in certain Sonoma sub-regions since their micro climates are perfect for growing specific grapes.  The only downside: none of these wineries are currently represented at the LCBO.  You really need to go there to experience them yourselves!…

Wines for Your Turkey Dinner

Wines for Your Turkey Dinner

Some mostly local wines if you are in a last minute panic for what to serve with your Holiday Turkey.  Cheers and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from Wine Journeys! Willm Riesling Reserve 2017 ★★★★½ $17.95 (Vintages)  This is a dry Alsatian Riesling that exudes limes, wet stones, green apples, orange blossom, and petrol.   It’s an excellent wine that would pair well…

Wines to Add Sparkle to Your Party

Wines to Add Sparkle to Your Party

The Christmas/Holiday party season is here and the New Year is just around the corner.  You really need to pour Sparkling at your event; Sparkling makes your party memorable! Some people shy away from sparkling because they feel it is not affordable.  Certainly, you can spend the bank account on great Champagne if you feel so inclined, but there are…

Get to Know Trent Mayers, the President of Wine Journeys

Get to Know Trent Mayers, the President of Wine Journeys

We heard that you recently received a new wine qualification.  Could you tell us about it?  Recently, I undertook the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET London) Level 3 Award in Wines, which is an advanced level qualification for wine professionals.   After a challenging 84 hours of advanced level study and a 2.5 hour final exam, including written and blind…

Why is dining together so important?

Why is dining together so important?

Our lives are incredibly busy and the simple social pleasure of dining together usually takes a low priority.  In fact, statistics show that 1/3 of Canadians almost never eat together.  Yet, inherently, I’ve always felt that dining together was important due to my Irish heritage.  My travels to Europe have reinforced that notion.  Europeans make it a priority to have…

A Visit to the Beamsville Bench

A Visit to the Beamsville Bench

We have world class wines in the Niagara region that is just under 2 hours away.  So, I visited a few of the smaller boutique wineries in the Beamsville area to check out what’s new. The first stop was Calamus Estate Winery.  It is unique since it is the only winery that has an observatory on the top floor.  It…

Summer Wines

Summer Wines

It’s summer (finally) and we’re in the “wine on the patio season”. I have been polling people at my tasting events and it does seem people’s thoughts about wine change in the summer.  Even the most devoted red wine lovers start favouring refreshing Whites and Roses.  The lighter Reds that can be lightly chilled gain favour as well. This begs…

Spain – A Wine Superpower

Spain – A Wine Superpower

I would call Spain one of the world’s Wine Superpowers.  It has more land area under vine than any other country, including France.  However, its drought prone summers reduce the grape yield making it fall to 3rd place in wine production after France and Italy.  Still, that is no small number.  According to Decanter Magazine, it produced around 42 million…