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Episode 1 - The Big friendly Vintner

Norm Hardie was born in South Africa and moved to Toronto when he was 14. He is one of a select few winemakers who has mastered the art of tasting, growing and making wine in both hemispheres, in six wine regions around the world. Over the years, his winery has established itself as one of Canada’s premier wineries.
 

Episode 2 - Tuscany In The County

Tony Auciello visited his family's "pezza di Terra" in Italy in 2004 and was saddened to see that instead of the fruit trees and vineyard that were once prominent, there was now only overgrown bush. But a seed was planted in his mind at the tender age of 24. 10 years later we drop by to find out how Tony's vineyard dream has grown into a fantastic reality.

Episode 3 - Home on the Grange

Today we visit the Grange Vineyard to hear about the unique story of a mother/daughter winemaking team. Caroline Granger grew up on the family farm with horses in the stables, then she got into wine and began the vineyard project in 1999.  It was a simple plan for 10 acres of vines, but today she has 60 acres and is now building the business with her daughter, Maggie.

Episode 4 - Wine Is Where The Home Is

There's an old saying that goes something like, "Our home is our castle." However, if you take a drive down Wilson Road in the county you'll come across a couple who say, "Our home is our winery!"  Rob and Sally Peck are what’s known as "garagistes", meaning they produce small batches of premium wine out of their garage.

Episode 5 - For The Love Of Wine

There is always a party atmosphere at Sandbanks where Catherine Langlois is the winemaker and owner. With wines like "French Kiss" and "Sandbanks Love" it's no secret why! Join me in Prince Edward County as I discover what makes Sandbanks so special.

Episode 6 - The Dream Lives On

Richard Karlo was the Founder and Master Winemaker at Karlo Estates and was referred to as a "Natural Adept" as he had no formal training. If you had asked him where he learned to make wine, his answer would have been, "On the Street." Sherry and Richard were married in the summer of 2014 but unfortunately Richard passed away in November of 2014. This is the story of Sherry Karlo, and how she is filling the giant shoes that Richard left behind to fulfill the legacy of what they were building together.

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WineSpectator.com: Q&A's

What is a “super Tuscan” wine? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, Wine Spectator's 2018 Wine of the Year, Sassicaia, is a "super Tuscan," right? What does that mean? Are all super Tuscans Cabernets? And if not, are there any white super Tuscans? —Jeff, Dover, Del. Dear Jeff, You're right that Sassicaia is a super Tuscan! In fact, it's one of the wines that inspired the whole super Tuscan movement. For Sassicaia, it all started in the 1940s, when Marchesi Mario Incisa della Rocchetta moved to the Bolgheri region of Tuscany and decided that he wanted to make wines more in the style of Bordeaux rather than with Tuscany's reigning Sangiovese grape. He planted Cabernet Franc, and didn't intend to sell the wines. Nevertheless, they caught the attention of Incisa della Rocchetta’s nephew Piero Antinori and his enologist, Giacomo Tachis, who helped refine the wine and advised the inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon, another Bordeaux grape. At the same time, Antinori was developing his first vintage of Tignanello, and soon began blending the local Sangiovese with Cabernet. The rest is history. The success of Sassicaia and Tignanello inspired many more wines made from or including international grape varieties not native to Italy, including Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Tua Rita and Le Macchiole. So no, not all super Tuscans are made from Cabernet—Ornellaia's Masseto, Tua Rita's Redigaffi and Le Macchiole's Messorio, for instance, are all 100 percent Merlot. Most of them are made with all or some non-indigenous grape varieties, but "super Tuscan" is not a legally defined classification as far as wine regulations go. The term was used for any wine that didn't meet DOC standards—in Chianti Classico, that meant those that didn't blend in white grapes, or that used 100 percent Sangiovese, or that followed different winemaking or aging standards. (Chianti's regulations were amended in the late-'90s and early 2000s to better suit these winemaking trends.) Because these wines did not initially qualify for existing appellation status under Tuscany's various Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) laws, they were labeled as simple vino da tavola, or “table wine,” typically reserved for the lowest quality wines in Italy, and that is why the producers started calling them "super Tuscans," to distinguish their wines from those inexpensive table wines. Today, most super Tuscans use the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) designation or the Bolgheri DOC, which was established for red wines using international grape varieties in 1994. The wines tend to be modern, big and rich—and often carry a price tag of $100 or more a bottle. And yes, there are white super Tuscans—they just haven't really caught on. Ornellaia recently debuted a Toscana Bianco made from Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. —Dr. Vinny
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What’s the difference between wine aged in French oak vs. American oak barrels? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, What’s the difference between wine aged in French oak vs. American oak barrels? —Paul, Prior Lake, Minn. Dear Paul, Oak barrels are a key piece of a winemaker’s arsenal of tools used to craft a wine to their style, so they typically choose according to their needs (and budget—new oak barrels can cost up to $2,000 or more). Wines can be fermented and/or aged in oak barrels (the newer the barrel, the greater its influence on the wine), and a typical oak barrel aging regimen can last anywhere from six months to two years or longer. Barrels are made from oak trees grown in many parts of the world, though French and American oak are most widely used. Generally speaking, French barrels are known for imparting more subtle smoke and spice notes, with silkier textures, while American barrels tend to be more potent, lending a wine notes of vanilla, cream soda or coconut, with a creamier texture. Barrel-destined oak trees ideally grow in cool climates, which allows them to mature slowly and develop a desirably tight grain. Most of the French oak for barrels comes from one of five forests—Allier, Limousin, Nevers, Tronçais and Vosges—and each is considered to have distinct characteristics. The two species of oak trees mainly used for barrels in France are Quercus robur and Quercus sessiliflora. American barrel oak, typically Quercus alba, is grown in 18 different states, mostly in the Midwest and in the Appalachians, as well as Oregon. And France and the United States aren’t the only sources for barrel oak. Quercus robur oak trees from Slavonia in Croatia and Quercus petraea trees from Hungary yield well-regarded barrels as well. —Dr. Vinny
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What’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, What’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? —Stan, Auburn, Ala. Dear Stan, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are two different names for the same white wine grape. But even though they technically refer to the same grape (or the wines made from that grape), the different terms can be reflective of the region in which the grape is grown, or of the style of wine typically associated with those regions (just like Syrah is also known as Shiraz in some parts of the world). No matter where it’s grown, the underlying primary elements of Pinot Gris/Grigio are citrus flavors and bright acidity. Pinot Gris is the name for this grape in its native France, where it thrives in the Alsace region. Alsatian Pinot Gris tend to be on the richer, plumper side of the PG spectrum, showing off honey and spice notes. Pinot Gris can also be made into sweet, dessert-style wines in Alsace, known as Vendanges Tardives, which are made from late-harvested grapes. Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for this grape, and the light, crisp, clean and refreshing Pinot Grigios from northeastern Italy are the best-known versions of this wine here in the United States. Winemakers outside of France and Italy will typically pick the version of the name that invokes the style of their wine. Whatever you call it, it's hugely popular. According to Wine Spectator sister publication Impact Databank, it’s the second-most-consumed white wine in the U.S., behind Chardonnay and ahead of Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc. Not only that, Italian Pinot Grigios are the most-imported wines by volume, a position held since 2002. —Dr. Vinny
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My fridge broke and the wine was exposed to heat—about 90 F. Is it still OK? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, My wine fridge broke down and the temperature rose to 90 F for a day or two. The corks look OK. Should I keep storing them in the repaired wine fridge, or are they cooked? —Michael, from Twitter Dear Michael, Once a wine’s been exposed to heat, there’s nothing you can do to reverse any damage that may have occurred. And I say “may” because you really don’t know if anything’s wrong until you open the bottle and taste it. Heat damage is hard to predict: Even two identical bottles of wine exposed to the same amount of heat might not fare similarly. Early in my wine-buying days, I purchased six bottles of the same wine. I didn’t know I had to worry about heat, and I left the box in the trunk of my car on a very hot day. Some of the bottles seeped wine (a leaking cork is a clear sign that the wine inside was overheated); some didn’t. Two of them turned out to be “cooked” and the other four were fine. A “cooked” wine tastes how it sounds: The fruit flavors seem stewed instead of fresh, there can be a baked or burnt note, and the color can take on a more brownish hue. And until you open the wine and taste it, there's no way to know if it's been damaged. The best thing you can do is keep them properly stored until you're ready to open them. (Check out Wine Spectator's "How to Store Wine 101" for tips.) If your fridge breaks down again, make sure to keep the door closed so that the wines stay cool for as long as possible. —Dr. Vinny
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Does Germany make any red wines? (Wine Spectator)
Dear Dr. Vinny, Does Germany make any red wines? —John, Virginia Dear John, It sure does! In fact, according to Wines of Germany, the country is the third-largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world behind France and the United States. But don’t look for Pinot Noir on German wine labels: It’s called Spätburgunder there. The name means late-ripening (spät) Pinot (Burgunder). Nearly all of the winemaking regions grow Pinot Noir, most notably Ahr, where Spätburgunder accounts for more than 50 percent of plantings. Check out Wine Spectator Germany taster Aleks Zecevic’s recent report on Spätburgunders for a great overview of the category and some tips on producers to look for. Germany’s incredible whites, led by Riesling, dominate the country's vineyard acreage, but there’s been a steady increase in red grape plantings since the 1990s, led by Spätburgunder. Other notable reds grown in Germany include Dornfelder, Dunkenfelder, Heroldrebe, Domina and Lemberger. —Dr. Vinny
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