Best value On­tario wines you can count on

The Beacon Herald - - LIFE - CHRIS WATERS

Twenty years ago this sum­mer, we started pre­par­ing the de­but is­sue of Vines Mag­a­zine, look­ing to share our pas­sion for wines made in Canada by shar­ing the sto­ries of the peo­ple who made them. The goal was to in­spire thirst for wine ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­joy­ment. We launched the pub­li­ca­tion in Novem­ber 1998.

Over the years, the edi­to­rial fo­cus has al­ways been on qual­ity wine. As a cash-strapped jour­nal­ist, qual­ity at an af­ford­able price was al­ways topof-mind.

Plan­ning our 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion, the team was struck by how many best value bot­tles cham­pi­oned from the be­gin­ning con­tinue to be af­ford­able and de­li­cious. The abil­ity to im­press year af­ter year makes them truly wor­thy of your at­ten­tion.

The great news for con­sumers is to­day’s ex­am­ples are even higher qual­ity than the orig­i­nal ver­sions that cap­tured our imag­i­na­tion. Twenty years of farm­ing and mak­ing wine has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved what’s in the bot­tle.

It’s lit­tle sur­prise to see ries­ling and ga­may noir tak­ing cen­tre stage in this bud­get-friendly spot­light. Those va­ri­eties reg­u­larly de­liver the goods to wine­mak­ers across the prov­ince and rou­tinely yield dis­tinc­tive bot­tles that are ideal for any­one hoping to nab a great deal.

Cave Spring and Vineland Es­tates were founded on the bedrock of Ries­ling and con­tinue to re­lease a com­pelling ar­ray of styles. Mean­while, ga­may is (fi­nally) catch­ing on with the new breed of som­me­liers and in­flu­encers as one of Ni­a­gara’s It-Grapes for its easy­go­ing ap­peal. Here’s a toast to Cave Spring and Malivoire who were all about ga­may when ga­may wasn’t cool.

These gold star se­lec­tions are per­fect for un­wind­ing on the pa­tio or deck and barbecue-friendly bot­tles for sum­mer en­ter­tain­ing, last minute Fa­ther’s Day gifts or fu­elling Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions.

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