Friday, July 22, 2011

Possibly Ontario's next wine region on it's West Coast

I don't agree with the term West Coast for the same reasons mentioned in the Ontario Southcoast entry but I do support the area to become a wine region. I am talking about Huron County. Studies have concluded that the terroir is suitable for grapes and the County is thus looking for potential entrepreneurs who might wish to make a go of it in the wine industry. Click the title of this entry if you want to read the article. If this come to fruition I will have to nickname Huron County "the County 2" since Prince Edward County has the nickname.
In the meantime, I've posted a couple of videos so you can what the area looks like.

OWC Tourism Report - JULY 2011 from Huron County on Vimeo.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mike Weir Purchases EastDell Winery in Niagara

Pro Golfer Mike Weir has purchased the site of EastDell winery. I have been to this winery a number of times for lunch and have always had a good experience. The restaurant has a great view and and was matched with friendly service  and good, resonably priced food and wine.
A part of me wishes that Mike Weir could have built a brand new winery from scratch because I am going to miss the experience of going to East Dell. The new owner is going to have to really work at  maintaining the great ambiance and yet make the experience unique to him. I wish him well.
Click the title of this entry if you want to read the article

Monday, July 4, 2011

Canada's South Coast Wine Region

I came across this article that states that a study is under way by the  Ontario South coast Wineries and Growers Association  to catalogue the current and potential wine industry activity from London/ St Thomas east towards Brantford  west of Welland.  The ideas is to eventually justify application for it to become another Designated Viticultural Area under the  V.Q.A.
Don't get me wrong I am all for the area to get recognition  but does it have to be called the South Coast.
A coast line of a country denotes an area of  significant size that backs onto a large body of water (and I mean large like an ocean.) When you are are their it can pass visually for a shoreline onto an ocean but it is not. Most of Canada's southern border is land locked and to say this area is a south coast may have some academic accuracy but it practically isn't in my view. ( and saying it backs on to the St Lawrence and the Great lakes doesn't cut it IMO)
I think a name like Erie East North Shore would be more appropriate or how about making this area part of an expanded Lake Erie North Shore region.
The article is interesting anyway. If you want to read it click the title of this entry