On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Report from - Wine & Herb Festival - May 26/27, 2007

30 May 2007

Twice a year, spring and fall, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake (17 of them) band together to showcase the region and the wines. In the fall they have “Taste the Season” a pairing of wines with seasonal food and treats. In the spring they have the “Wine and Herb Festival”, where wineries are assigned an herb to pair up with one of their wines. Now I heard three or four different versions of how the wineries get their herb designation: one, is that they are randomly selected out of a hat; another had them submitting wines to a selection committee, who then doled out the herbs based on what goes with what; another said, “someone up there hates us, that’s why we got stuck with …”. My favourite of all the ways was ... (Read More)

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Report from - Terroir, Prince Edward County - May 19, 2007

22 May 2007

“Terroir”, is the French word that describes that “je ne sais quoi” aspect in a wine that is imparted to it by the soil in which it is grown. Matt Kramer, of Wine Spectator magazine, an American publication, took the French term and gave it an English equivalent definition “somewhereness”. Of late the term “Terroir” has been used by the folks out in Prince Edward County (PEC), namely those foolhearty growers who brave the vine-killing minus 30 degree winters, to explain why they carry on their practices in such a harsh winter climate; a climate that forces them to bury their vines in November and burn bales of hay in May to avoid frost and winter damage. Their “Terroir” is something the PEC winemakers and growers are fiercely proud of, in fact, in the new PEC winery touring map, the Terroir is something that is highlighted and explained in some degree of detail for each vineyard and winery, complete with colour coded legend. So it is not surprising ... (Read More)

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