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rose wine for lovers to share valentine's day

Rosés for the Lovers

We often talk about white wine and red wine, but what about rosé?  I often refer to rosé as “the forgotten wine style,” but it is not to be overlooked.  Rosés suffer from a bad reputation for being overly sweet, and an outdated and incorrect perception that they are only for women—not true!  Many of today’s rosé wines are being made in a dry style that appeals to all sexes.
romantic couple drinking red wine together

Heart Throb Reds

Have you ever noticed that Valentine’s Day falls during a cold and dark time of year?  I like to think that Cupid planned it that way on purpose.  Maybe he knew that just what we need to get through the middle of the winter is a reminder that life is better when we share close and romantic moments with the person we love.  The middle of winter is also the perfect time to enjoy red wine from Niagara!  Usually heavier than whites, often drier, and served at a warmer temperature, this Valentine’s Day rekindle your amourous feelings for your special someone by sharing one of these delicious red wines from Niagara’s wineries together.
cooking with icewine in niagara on the lake

Cooking with Icewine

Icewine is renowned for its sweetness. It is a dessert style of wine that is very high in natural sugar and made from grapes that have frozen on the vine in winter, a process that naturally concentrates sugars and flavours. As Niagara is the Icewine-producing capital of the world, our local market has plenty of access to this liquid gold, and it can be a very popular Christmas gift in Ontario.
giving wine as a holiday gift

How to Give the Gift of Wine

A family that drinks together, stays together, so why not give the gift of Niagara wine?  But choosing the right bottle for your loved one can be an unwelcome cause of stress during a season that is supposed to be filled with joy.  White or red?  Sweet or dry?  How much do you spend?  There are a lot of options out there.  Let’s go over a few simple “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to giving the gift of Niagara wine.
How to Taste Wine like a Sommelier

How to Taste Wine like a Sommelier

If you have ever seen a sommelier or a wine professional taste wine, you may have noticed that there is a lot more to it than simply lifting the glass to your lips and taking a swig.  Indeed, to get the most out of tasting a wine, a sommelier will follow a specific procedure that is designed to provide the taster with as much sensory information about the wine as possible.  This article will go over a sommelier’s approach to wine tasting and give you the knowhow to taste wine like a pro!
what is the difference between bulk wine and fine wine

Bulk Wine vs Fine Wine: What’s the Difference?

Every industrial sector produces goods that range in quality and price.  Wine is no different in this regard.

When I host tours of Niagara’s wine country as a Wine Smart Guide working for Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, one of the aspects of the wine industry that I always try to convey to my guests is an appreciation for quality.  Not all wines are made equal.  For someone who is new to wine, it can be difficult to appreciate, or even notice, the difference between a fine wine and a mass-produced bulk wine.

people tasting wine in niagara wine country

Tasting Your Way Through Niagara’s Wine Country

When you are exploring a place that is new to you, it is important to get the most out of your experience.  When it comes to visiting Niagara’s world-class wine region, the best way to do this is to travel with an experienced local who is knowledgeable about our history, the domestic winemaking industry, and the particulars of Niagara wines themselves.
what is a reserve wine

What is a ‘Reserve’ Wine?

Wine labels contain a myriad of terms meant to aid the consumer in understanding the product better before committing to its purchase.  One of the most misunderstood and controversial terms you may find on a bottle of wine is the word ‘reserve.’  Often assumed to be an indicator that a wine is of superior quality, the term ‘reserve’ is not as cut and dry as you may think.  Let’s shed some light on the reality behind this often misconstrued labelling term.
wine-collecting

Choosing a Bottle of Wine for New Wine Connoisseurs

You’ve heard a lot about the world of wine and you want in!  But…you haven’t got a clue where to start.  With all the different grape varieties and wine producing regions out there, it is easy to feel lost when approaching the world of wine for the first time.  Grab a bottle of wine and let’s review a few basic steps to help start you on your journey.

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