Archive: International

Wines of the New World: MEXICO

Mexico appears on the horizon as one of the most important and relevant wine producing regions of the Americas, or countries of the New World. A fascinating example, Mexico has a rich and wonderful history. The ‘Rio Grande’ separates the USA and Mexico all the way to the Gulf. Immediately west of El Paso the boarder runs more or less in a straight line from east to west where it reaches the Pacific coast of San Diego. Some two thousand miles from Mexico’s northern border with Guatemala. In past times Missionaries went to extraordinary lengths to carry their first discovered grapevines accompanied by ‘conquistadores’, or conquerors in a determined effort to reach Mexico. This was done over four hundred years […]

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Tidal Bay of NS is a Matter of Quality Over Quantity

More than 55,000 wine professionals from all over the world attended the ProWein International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits in Dusseldorf, Germany last March. This year for the first time, these enthusiasts were able to taste the wines from one of the newer wine making regions of the world, Nova Scotia. Wine making in Nova Scotia can be traced back to the 1600s, but the modern industry is only 38 years old. It began in 1978 when Roger Dial created Grand Pre Winery which today is Hanspeter Stutz’s Domaine de Grand Pre. In the same year, Hans Jost planted vines on the Malagash Peninsula which eventually became the Devonian Coast winery. The Winery Association of Nova Scotia was created […]

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Ontario’s First Wine in a Can

Of all the things we find on the label of a bottle of wine, perhaps most important is the appellation. Getting down to the heart of the matter, the appellation is simply the wine’s address. It’s where the grapes were grown. This simple fact of where grapes were grown gives an oenophile a deep understanding of what’s inside the bottle or can. Yes, the bottle or can! A can of wine on the store shelf cannot yet be called ubiquitous, but that day may be coming. More wine is found in cans every day. Barokes Wines of Australia claim to have been the first to can wine, inventing their own process in 1996. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery in California […]

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Wines of the New World: Peru

The earliest recorded historical evidence of setllements in the countries of the new world, also known as the Americas were attempts at colonisation made by the Europeans in as far back as the tenth century. During long voyages of exploration, Scandanavian ‘Norse’ saiors built the very first settlements of the Americas, in Greenland and Canada. Chrsitopher Columbus expanded on the idea having sailed west when he established a new trade route to reach the far east. He inadvertantly landed in what came to be known to the Europeans as The New World. Spanish speaking Peru is one of the countries that make up the Americas, or New World, and it is showing great potential to becoming one of the newest […]

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An Option for Vintners in a Warming Climate

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement is now a fact. But what does it mean for those who make wine? It’s not so clear. The agreement calls for the nations of the world to limit the increase in global temperature to less than 2°C. At the moment, this is far from accomplished. The action plans submitted by the 185 nations that signed the agreement explain what each nation will do to begin lowering their carbon footprint. These actions are the first steps in a longer, as yet undefined process. They will not prevent a 2° rise in Earth’s temperature by the end of the century. The plan calls for a reconvening of the members every five years to set new, more […]

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Wines of the New World – Chile

The calculation of a vast and expansive changing global network of wines representing countries of the new world takes in the South American country of Chile. There is much to discover on our journey of wines of the new world. A very great number of new and significant improvements in technology have taken place in recent years and these advanced changes are continuing to gather apace. This has changed the face and outlook for the business of viniculture in new and unprecedented ways. The odds may be stacked somewhat against us in many parts of the world today in terms of weather systems going wrong and confusing us by their continual changeability. We are at odds with the weather when […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership to Benefit Canada’s Wine & Spirits Makers

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Wines of the New World: Canada

Canadian wine can most easily be divided into two categories. The first and largest category is that of low to medium priced table wines, frequently blended wines from both Canadian made and imported sources. These blended and bottled wines are often times referred to as ‘Cellared in Canada’ wines. The second type of wine is a mid to premium priced branded wine made from only Canadian grapes- where product descriptors and specifications, appellations or geographical indications and vintage information are all equally important. Almost all of these products are mostly, but not exclusively, Vintners Quality Alliance (V.Q.A.) designated wines, including Ice wine. Imported wines coming into Canada in bulk are used principally for blending and bottling. The amount of Canadian […]

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Nk’ Mip Cellars: First Indian-Owned Award Winning Winery

Quietly, almost secretly, some very fine wines are being made in Canada’s British Columbia. In the province’s largest city, Vancouver, the homegrown vintages are as prized as any in the world. But the wines produced just 300 miles east of town in the Okanagan Valley don’t get much further than the border, partly because of complex laws regulating export. The yearly 15 million liters produced in Canada’s only desert are enjoyed mostly within shouting distance of the 9,800 acres where the grapes are grown. While each of the 273 British Columbia wineries can be considered unique, there is one that can honestly call itself “the first and only one” of its kind. Nk’Mip Cellars (pronounced IN-ka-meep) is an award-winning vineyard […]

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Cantina Roccafiore – A Taste of Italy

They like to do things just a little bit differently in Italy- and in terms of viniculture this happens to be one of the most influential countries in the wider European market today. Italy has for quite some time established a reputation as being not only a competitive wine producing country, but a country which has gained further recognition as being one of the most important, most successful producers and manufacturers of wine amongst all of the major wine producing regions that make up the European continent. Italy represents wines that come from the Old World, as oppose to the New World. There is a difference, and Italy is a part of that difference. Old world wines have been produced […]

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