Tag: Niagara

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Wines

MyWinePal Top 5 Star Rated White, Sparkling, and Fortified Wines for 2017

 mywinepal  December 25, 2017

This past year I tasted a tremendous number of wines from around the world, but some wines really resonated with me.  It may have been the great balance of fruit, sugar, acidity for a white wine, or the fruit, tannins and minerality in a red wine, or something else. Something that made the wine stand above the other wines.  Could…

Thirty Bench Wine Makers on the Beamsville Bench

Thirty Bench Wine Makers: Ontario Riesling and More

 mywinepal  August 20, 2017

While attending the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) I tasted a small lot Chardonnay, 2015 vintage, by Thirty Bench Wine Makers from the Beamsville Bench in Ontario.  That wine stood out among the other Chardonnays that I had tasted at i4C.  So once the i4C was over, and I had some time to visit a few wineries, I made…

Blind tasting Chardonnay for the Soil Smackdown

The School of Cool: Wine Tasting Notes from the i4C

 mywinepal  August 15, 2017

As promised I have enclosed my tasting notes for the wines I sampled at the three International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration seminars.  Many of these Chardonnay come from Ontario, but there are also wines from BC, California, Chile, France and more.  My notes are not as detailed as notes I make from my structured tastings at home, but should give…

The Sugar Trials

The School of Cool: The Sugar Trials at i4C

 mywinepal  August 14, 2017

Don’t we all love sparkling wine, whether it is high end champagne, or cremants, cavas and more? At the third of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration seminars, we learned more about how dosage affects sparkling wines aromas, flavours, and balance.  This was a bit more technical in details compared to the other earlier seminars, but well worth it.  Sparkling…

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The School of Cool: Chardonnay, I Do It My Way at i4C

 mywinepal  August 9, 2017  2 Comments on The School of Cool: Chardonnay, I Do It My Way at i4C

This was the second seminar in our three seminars on Day 1 of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  This seminar’s goals according to the organizers are to answer the following, “Winegrowers love Chardonnay for its versatility. 10 winemakers will defend the stylistic decisions they make with each vintage, from homages to Old World classic styles to innovative interpretations that stretch the…

Some i4C participating wineries

My Roadmap For You From the i4C

 mywinepal  August 5, 2017

The Seventh Annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) has wrapped up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  It was a series of seminars, lunches, and dinners that filled an entire weekend from July 21-23, 2017.  I was privileged to be invited to attend this event; coming from British Columbia.  We are also a cool climate region, and I was glad to see…

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The i4C+ Celebration You Should Not Miss: Wineries and Wines

 mywinepal  July 10, 2017

At the i4C+ Celebration on July 21-23, 2017 there will be 59 cool climate chardonnay producers; 25 wineries from Ontario and 34 from around the world.  There will be 2 wineries from BC too.  And as I mentioned in my previous article on the i4C+ Celebration, while the focus is Chardonnay there will also be Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cab Franc,…

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The i4C+ Celebration You Should Not Miss: Background

 mywinepal  July 9, 2017

If you have not heard of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, held in the Niagara region in southern Ontario, it is something not to be missed.  The i4C+ Celebration started in the summer of 2009 with some Ontario wine makers celebrating their success at the 2009 Cellier Wine Awards in Montreal.  These wine makers believe in the renaissance of…

Discover the Wines of Canada

VanWineFest 2017 – It’s a Wrap. All My Posts for You.

 mywinepal  March 26, 2017

Canada should be proud of its recent wine history.  We started getting serious about vitis vinifera in the 1970s.  BC and Ontario started growing wine grapes and producing wines.  Nova Scotia and Quebec have followed, and I heard, but have not seen, that there are also wines being produced in New Brunswick.  Our climate since the 1970s has warmed up…

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Interviewing Wine Maker Bruce Nicholson from Inniskillin at VanWineFest 2017

 mywinepal  March 13, 2017

Who is Bruce Nicholson? Bruce Nicholson joined Inniskillin Wines, Niagara-on-the-Lake as Wine maker on January 1, 2007, after working for 20 years in the Okanagan where he was the first wine maker, and then became the Senior Winemaker for Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate in British Columbia. Half of Bruce’s awards in 2012 were for ice wine.  Does he want to be…