Author Archives: Remy Charest

Bottling Isn’t Growing: A Reflection on Canadian Wine for Canada Day

Do wines bottled in Canada have a positive impact on jobs in the country? Sure. Does a wine bottled in Canada have a greater positive impact on our economy than a wine that comes straight to Canada in bottles? Yes, you can argue that. But there is no way that cheap Chilean or Californian with a splash of Ontario wine can be called Canadian wine, or that it does anything for the development of Canadian wine in the true sense of the word. It's plain stupid to try to argue otherwise, or maintain an outlook that confuses the issue.
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What defines a wine region? Questions following TasteCamp in the Hudson Valley

Defining the identity of a wine region is a tough thing, especially with young and emerging wine regions – which means a lot of them, in the New World. Over six editions of TasteCamp, since 2009, in Long Island, the Finger Lakes, Niagara, Virginia, Québec and now the Hudson Valley, last weekend, that has been [...]
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Visiting a Winery in Argentina : the Standard Version

Hello and welcome to Bodega Denada. My name is Maria Luz, and I am the hospitality manager for the winery. Denada is an indian word that means « created out of nothing », which reflects our American/French/Argentinian owner’s dream, when he started the winery in the mid-1990s. We are a relatively small winery, for Argentina : our production is [...]
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Return from Niagara: wine, food and – surprise! – beer

I just spent a terrific, busy, fun and serious week in Niagara, judging at the National Wine Awards of Canada, newly organized by WineAlign, this year. It was mostly about wine, of course, because of the awards, but the evening program organized by Wine County Ontario, to showcase the region’s best for the coast-to-coast group [...]
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What to do when you get a bad bottle of wine

I’m not a very happy camper, right now. It’s the middle of the night, and I’m not sleeping. All that because of a bad bottle of wine I got at a restaurant. It’s not a question of how I’m digesting the wine, but rather of how I’m digesting what happened after I sent it back. The scene [...]
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