Category: Ontario

MyWinePal Top 4.5-5 Star Wines

MyWinePal’s Top 4.5 – 5 Star and 5 Star Wines for 2023

 mywinepal  December 14, 2023

This year I had many terrific wines to taste and review.  Wines that I rate as 5 star I deem as needing nothing to add or subtract.  They are perfect as-is.  I had one wine that reached that status this year so instead of making a separate article for that wine, I am including it in this article.  My 4.5-5…

Ontario winery locations for Harvest 2023

Ontario Winemaker’s Harvest 2023 Interview

 mywinepal  December 12, 2023

This is my sixth year interviewing winemakers or winery principals in Ontario about their latest grape harvest and wine production.  I visited the Niagara-on-the-Lake area in September and heard many positive comments from winemakers about the upcoming harvest season.  Now that it is early December and the wines are all in tanks or barrels, how did the Ontario grape growing…

Stratus sign

Ontario’s Stratus Vineyards Show Creativity in the Vineyard and WineryPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  October 16, 2023

Ontario’s Stratus Vineyards is a 55-acre farm, set in the Niagara Lakeshore appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and is planted to 16 grape varieties.  All the grapes are grown sustainably. Their winery is the first in the world to be fully Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – certified, which embodies their commitment to sustainability. The winery uses geothermal heating and…

Southbrook Vineyards building and signage

Visiting Southbrook Vineyards “Green” Vineyard and WineryPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  October 12, 2023

Southbrook Vineyards in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Ontario undertakes biodynamic and organic vineyard agriculture, plus is LEED Gold Certified for their energy and environmental design in green buildings.  Southbrook is Canada’s first certified Organic and Biodynamic Winery.  They have everything from native meadows and a Monarch butterfly waystation to using lighter wine bottles to lower their carbon footprint.  I looked…

An oak fermentation vessel with Bee logo from Rosewood Estate Winery & Meadery

Bee Impressed with Ontario’s Rosewood Estate Winery & MeaderyPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  October 9, 2023

I received recommendations from a friend to visit Rosewood Winery & Meadery while I was visiting the Niagara region.  I was curious to attend, in part because I had not tried mead.  This winery, started in 2000, is owned by the Roman family and originated from Ukraine.  They are also the only winery in Ontario with a license to produce…

Thanksgiving dinner

Some Canadian Wines to Enjoy With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

 mywinepal  October 6, 2023

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving.  I looked back at the past few months this year to see what current BC and Ontario wines might be a good match for a roast turkey or ham dinner.  Below are wines from both provinces that I think would be good pairings. BC Wines High Note Estate Winery Soubrette Pinot Grigio 2022 – this…

Creekside Estate Winery

Try Ontario’s Creekside Estate Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and SyrahPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  October 5, 2023

At Creekside Estate Winery, in Jordan, Ontario, are self-described cork dorks who love what they do and have fun doing it. Their first vintage was in 1997. They do cover many Bordeaux grape varieties, but Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah are their signature wines.  They also make a popular Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend (a white Bordeaux blend).  Sauvignon Blanc is planted…

Big Head Wines big Nebuchadnezzar bottles

Be Amazed by Ontario’s Big Head WinesPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  September 29, 2023

I knew nothing about Ontario’s Big Head Wines until it was suggested to me to visit by Talia Mendelsohn from the Bacchus Group Inc. in Toronto, but this winery in particular truly impressed me with their wines and their winemaking methods.  If you ever get a chance to visit the Niagara region, do not miss visiting Big Head Wines. The…

Two Sisters Vineyards

A Welcome Visit to Ontario’s Two Sisters VineyardsPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  September 25, 2023

Two Sisters Vineyards by Niagara-on-the-Lake has an imposing, impressive wine-tasting room that also includes a restaurant and wine-making facilities.  Driving up to the winery, I felt like I was watching the primetime TV soap operas, Dynasty or Falcon Crest. Yes, I know I am dating myself.  The main Estate, which opened its doors in November 2014, was inspired by Italian…

Kew Vineyards Blanc de Noirs 2017

Get Sparkling With Ontario’s Kew Vineyards Estate WineryPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  September 20, 2023

While researching wineries I should visit in the Niagara region, I came across Kew Vineyards Estate Winery, which is a little east of Thirty Bench Wine Makers, and specializes in sparkling wine, I had to visit. Their original 1975 plantings are among the oldest in the region.  They have a classy, Old World feel wine tasting room, and make their…