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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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Conversations with winemakers on Twitter

Yeah, I’ll admit it, Twitter sometimes keeps me from blogging more. When fatigue sets in, it’s easier to keep to the under-140-character format, and just stay with the conversations and the flow of information, rather than piping down and getting that blog post finished. Mind you, as I look back on 2009, I must also point [...]
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Harvesting in Prince Edward County, just in time for new rules on Ontario wines

I’d call that an auspicious sign. Just as I was heading to the vineyards of Prince Edward County to harvest chardonnay at Closson Chase, on Tuesday evening, the Ontario government came out with new rules governing VQA and Cellared in Canada wines. These new rules give a push forward to VQA wines by introducing financial support – [...]
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Ontario, please clean up the Cellared in Canada mess

Things aren’t getting any better for Canadian wines on LCBO shelves. When I recently returned to Ontario, I was depressed to see that it’s still a struggle to distinguish between real Canadian wines (VQA wines) and Cellared in Canada wines that are made essentially (even totally, in British Columbia) from foreign grapes. The bottles are mixed on the [...]
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EU regulators give up: rosé will remain rosé.

Now that’s some good news to start my wine week. The European Union Agriculture Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, announced today that the EU is giving up on its plan to allow rosés to be made from a blend of white and red wines. This commercially-minded regulation, which I’d written about with dismay in February, was explicitely [...]
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