At their recent annual general meeting, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) announced the Wine411 joint project with BlackSquare Inc. to produce the first independent, national online directory of Canada's nearly 800 wineries.
Like the improvement in quality of grapes in Ontario during the past quarter century, the celebrity speaker at the upcoming Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has seen plenty of progress in his area of passion.
Fire crews are battling a brush fire on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna, B.C., as wildfires continue to spread across the province. Smoke and flames can be seen climbing the mountain, which sits on the shore of Okanagan Lake in the province's popular wine-growing region.
he Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) announced the results of the inaugural Canadian Wine Industry Awards. These prestigious awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada, celebrating the success, leadership and outstanding commitment in Canada's grape wine industry.
"The Senator exemplifies the intent of the award, which was created to recognize those who have helped to develop the wine industry in our province," says BC Wine Institute chair, Josie Tyabji who presented Fitzpatrick with the award at the Canadian Wine Industry dinner at CedarCreek Estate Winery. "His efforts and leadership have helped shape the industry as we know it today."
Grape growers are getting a 2 percent price increase over two years as part of an agreement reached with wineries. Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario, says the agreement covers 18 varieties and the price increase is over this year and 2015.
A sixth generation farmer, Howard took over the family farm at a young age. And it was during those early days on the farm that his reputation as a hard worker was forged, said Sue-Ann. When Howard's grandfather died, Sue-Ann said her father went in the next day to see what needed to be done on the farm
Niagara is well represented in this year's Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines. The 2014 recipients were announced on Friday, with 11 wines picking up top honours for attaining a level of excellence.
The Grape Growers of Ontario is seeking the grower of the year. The organization is currently accepting nominations from the community of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2014 Grape Grower of the Year.
A whole lot more downtown St. Catharines restaurants may soon be following the lead of Dani's Bistro and VQA Wine Bar on St. Paul Street. That's because the decision by owner Danielle Murray to only stock VQA wines from Niagara when she opened her doors earlier this year now seems like a very smart move given the fact the downtown may now see a whole lot more fans of Ontario wine walking up and down streets.
Once a VQA wine, always a VQA wine. That was a landmark Provincial Offences Court ruling handed down by justice of the peace Brett Kelly Tuesday after he dismissed three charges that Royal DeMaria was illegally selling its wines under the prestigious VQA designation.
The Wine Route, which includes more than 500 way-finding signs placed in strategic locations throughout the wine growing regions of Ontario, provides consumers with easy navigation to wineries, restaurants, accommodations and other experiences in the area.