John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – March 18th, 2017

Tasting Ontario and Miscellaneous Best Buys
By John Szabo, MS, with notes from David Lawrason

Last week the annual Taste Ontario event saw a record number of wineries participate, closing in on 50 out of the province’s 165 or so (including fruit wineries). But virtually all of the top names were in attendance pouring current releases, mostly from the latest trilogy of strong vintages, 2014-15-16, giving a comprehensive snapshot of the province’s wine industry. In a special report to be published tomorrow, the WineAlign crü share their top new releases.

The VINTAGES March 18 theme of Premium California was amply covered last week, so this week David and I offer up some top smart buys, with a heavy lean to the old world. And in other news, congratulations to Emily Pearce-Bibona, crowned CAPS Best Ontario Sommelier 2017 last week. See competition details and results here.

Best Ontario Sommelier Competition 2017 - Winners and Judges

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