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 - 13th Street Winery - June 2, 2007

06 Jun 2007

13th Street Winery is an Ontario version of a cult winery ... it's one of those wineries that's whispered about in wine circles, and when their name is mentioned the most often heard phrase is "I've heard of them but I've never been there.” They keep cult-like hours (open primarily on weekends); have a cult-like store (small little building that looks more like a storage place than winemaking facility), and have a cult-like following - during their open houses (held twice a year of June and December) people come out of the woodwork like termites, the real followers are there at the crack of dawn, wanting to be first in line to try and buy.

Report from - Tawse Winery Open House - June 2, 2007

06 Jun 2007

I will fully admit that I have had a few cutting words to say about Tawse Winery over the years, majoring mainly in their wine prices - and minoring in the grounds; but on Saturday, June 02, 2007, I attended Tawse’s first ever public open house and was determined to walk in with and open-mind and no prejudged thoughts. I will tell you that I was super-impressed with the operation - which we all got to see, literally, from top to bottom. The tour, the facilities, the barrel cellar, the food matching were all top notch ... and I had nothing but positive things to say right up until the end, that's where the T. T. E. (Typical Tawse Effect) kicked in. But more on that later, here's a quick overview of the tour and wines tasted.

We all started at what could best be described as the loading dock ... (Read More)

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