It’s funny how we learn about such things. Tony Aspler, very probably English Canada’s most respected wine writer and certainly the top authority on Canadian wine, was made a member of the Order of Canada last week… something I found out from a news item on the Decanter web site. Feels a little weird to go to a British site to find out something about Canada.
Anyhow. Congratulations to Mr Aspler, who was awarded the honour in the “communications” category: I wish there was one for wine. Many wine pioneers in Canada would deserve it.
In any case, one reason Decanter made a point of stating Tony Aspler’s inclusion in the Order of Canada is that the magazine also named him Canadian regional chair for the 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards. A good thing indeed. I hope that The Wine Guy, as he is nicknamed, will encourage more wineries to compete, both to allow Canadian wineries to get recognition, and also to allow Canadian wines to be judged in an international context. New audiences and new comments, coming from different points of views, are always useful to help someone grow in his art and work. I’m sure that would be a terrific thing for the whole industry.
And if Mr Aspler is interested, I could suggest a couple of Quebec wineries…
<!– ckey=”619F4DCD” –>