Early icewine harvest builds anticipation for 24th annual Niagara Icewine Festival

Press Release In its 24th year, Niagara’s Icewine Festival is one of Ontario’s largest wine celebrations where wine lovers, cocktail fans, and foodies are sure to create sweet memories to last a lifetime. Ontarians and visitors are invited to discover an extraordinary collection of wine and culinary experiences while tasting Icewine, one of Canada’s most treasured products. Experiences also offer […]

Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire receives Wine Spectator Grand Award

Press Release Wine Spectator, a leading international wine magazine, has conferred the Grand Award, its highest honour, to Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire for the excellence of its wine list, its pairings, and its highly skilled team of sommeliers and servers. Le Coureur des Bois is the only restaurant in Québec, and the fourth in Canada, to join this exclusive group of 91 […]

Canadian trailblazer: Phoebe Fung, Vin Room

By Sean Moon She calls herself an “accidental restaurateur,” but Phoebe Fung’s business acumen comes from anything but chance. Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta (Fung has lived in Calgary for the better part of 25 years), the graduate of the University of Alberta and Queen’s University spent over a decade successfully carving out a career […]

Is having a cocktail or wine with dinner in danger?

By Jeni Marinucci There are some changes brewing in the Canadian restaurant industry and as of now, few owners seem happy about it. Come to think of it, many patrons aren’t going to like it either. What could make each group equally as frustrated? Yes, it’s regarding alcohol rules and regulations. This time around, it […]

Wine classifications in Canada: Is it time to change our regulations?

By Jordan Knox The highest classification of wine in Canada is defined by the stamp of the Vintners Quality Alliance or VQA. Seeing this label on a bottle is an indication of certain specifications followed by a winery in producing its product. In recent years, B.C. and Ontario have split the designation with B.C. taking […]

SGS Canada Inc. announces partnership with The Canadian Food & Wine Institute

Press release SGS Canada Inc. and The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College are proud to announce their partnership to offer a risk-focused, tool kit based approach to train in the “HOW TO” of food safety management. The Food Safety Program Optimization (FSPO) is designed to target risk reduction and provide the tools […]

How to create the perfect wine and beverage program

By Zoltan Szabo When constructing a wine and beverage program, there are a number of important factors that come into play. Whether it is budget or knowledge of your clientele, creating a compelling wine list is about more than following trends or setting prices based simply on profit margins. The more you know about the […]

Provincial and federal governments investing $856,000 in Ontario’s wine industry

Press release Celebrate Wine Week with award-winning Ontario wines To celebrate Ontario Wine Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing in a Prince Edward County winery as part of a larger $856,000 investment to help Ontario wineries to expand their production, grow their brand recognition and leverage new economic opportunities. Hardie Wines […]

Age of change: Why millennials could be your biggest market

By Alex Powell and Priya Rao Kids these days! Usually when we utter those words it’s while we’re shaking our heads in dismay. Today, however, we’re thanking the millennial demographic (those born between 1982 and 1995) for a resurgence of interest in fine beverages. If you haven’t read this article from The Back Label yet, […]