Tag Archives: Closson Chase

Natural wine: a more practical point of view

Since I last wrote on the subject in the spring, the natural wine debate has only heated up and taken some unexpected turns. From Alice Feiring to Jancis Robinson, Steve Heimoff, Jon Bonné and Mike Steinberger, a lot of people have pitched in with their point of view and sometimes controversies, as I point out [...]
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September’s here – and so are the 30 Days of Local Wine

I love the whole idea of thematic series in blogs and online publications. That type of every-day addition of new angles is perfectly suited to the medium, and provides a rich, multifaceted view of the chosen subject. With the beginning of September, Spotlight Toronto has just started the second edition of the 30 Days of Local [...]
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Notes from Harvest at Closson Chase: decisions, decisions…

I know I was supposed to write more about the harvest I took part in at Closson Chase, last week, but you know what? That stuff was tiring. For a guy my height (6′4″), picking low-lying grapes for several hours is rather tough on the knees and back. And when you follow all that picking with [...]
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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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