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  Canada’s Alsace? Fields of riesling at British Columbia’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery show the Okanagan’s affinity for the French region.

Chenin Blanc

Every summer I turn my eyes away from the world and concentrate on our national wine industry. During the past four months, I have judged at the Canadian Wine Awards and the Okanagan Wine Festival, and visited wineries in the Niagara, Prince Edward County, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

After tasting almost 1,500 Canadian-made wines this past year, and having tasted similar amounts during the last four, I have never been more confident that Canada can eventually become known as a producer of not just decent wine, but world-class wines. Are they doing it now? Not as a whole, but I am starting to taste some extremely good examples.

Cabernet Shiraz India



Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and wine making in the Livermore Valley region. This information was contributed by Heather McGrail of McGrail Vineyards and Winery.

Sauvignon Blanc

Products: McGrail Vineyards and Winery produces 2,700 cases of wine per year. Of that, almost 2,000 cases are Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. We also produce Chardonnay, rose and now Petite Sirah -- our first vintage was released this year.

Chenin Blanc

The 2007 Cabernet Reserve earned 92 points in the 2010 Cabernet Shootout, took home a gold medal at the Indy International Wine Competition and was named "best wine for women" by the Chicago Wine Club.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Over three busy days last month, I was one of 25 judges from around the country who tasted more than 1,000 wines from more than 150 vineyards at the Sonoma Harvest Fair Wine Competition in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Rosé

At the end, a single sweepstakes winner emerged in each of three categories – white wines, red wines and specialty wines. We also gave out 148 gold medals.

Sauvignon Blanc

Each judge tasted more than 200 wines over three days – sniffing, sipping and spitting and deciding in a few brief minutes whether to vote for gold, silver, bronze or no medal.

Chenin Blanc



Zinfandel grapes grow in a Napa Valley, California vineyard that supplies grapes to Frank Family Vineyards October 8, 2011.

Cabernet Shiraz

CALISTOGA, Calif (Reuters) - Hollywood executive and winery owner Frank Rich says the movie and wine businesses have plenty in common -- especially as this year's late California harvest has winemakers waiting in the wings for grapes to ripen.

Rosé

Both of California's famed industries require big up-front investments, significant sales and marketing budgets, and are heavily dependent on star power -- whether from a smouldering starlet or a complex Cabernet Sauvignon grape.

Sauvignon Blanc



today announced that D. J. Maragas Wine Company, a pioneer in the cultivation of European varietals, has reported significant grape yield increases after testing Excelerite natural minerals and nutrients in its vineyards and has and expanded its usage to its entire crop production.

Shipping Wine To India

Indicator with great record turns bullish Norman Fosback’s High Low Logic Index is an indicator that has correctly called every major market top and...

Cabernet Shiraz

Good economic news is something we can all use more of these days, and there’s been a lot of it coming out of Canada recently.

Rosé



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