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Love Local – The Roost Winery in The Blue Mountains

Love Local – The Roost Winery in The Blue Mountains

This month’s feature, The Roost, is a boutique winery located in a place where you may not think of grape growing  – The Blue Mountains, near Collingwood.  It’s owned by the husband and wife team, Jessica, the winemaker, and Michael, the vineyard manager.  They planted their home vineyard in 2013/14 and The Roost opened to the public in 2017.  With…

Wines for the Holidays and Some Wine History

Wines for the Holidays and Some Wine History

This month we’ll take a journey back in time to see who we should thank for the wine we’ll be enjoying this Christmas season. This idea came from a book by wine writer Oz Clarke that proposes the ancient civilization responsible for the “discovery” of wine.  The usual suspects are the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.  There is certainly evidence that…

Love Local – 13th Street, A Winery Worth Exploring

Love Local – 13th Street, A Winery Worth Exploring

We continue to focus on local since we have so many amazing Ontario wineries to explore. This month we feature Niagara’s 13th Street. The winery is owned by the Whitty family and their patriarch, Doug, is both the President and the Vineyard Manager.  As a 3rd generation grape grower, he takes vineyard management seriously and completely identifies with the philosophy…

Love Local – A Journey to Cave Spring Cellars

Love Local – A Journey to Cave Spring Cellars

Our ongoing series continues to spotlight local Ontario wineries; this month we feature Cave Spring Vineyards and a selection of their wines (plus a few extra Local and International wines). The founding partners of Cave Spring, Len Pennachetti and Angelo Pavan (who is also the winemaker), have a vision for their winery.  They feel, like the vintners in the world’s…

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…