Travelling Okanagan’s Wine Trail By Margaret Swaine The Okanagan is the Canadian version of a Riviera. The ever-present glittering lakes are the backdrop to ski hills, golf courses, cycling and hiking routes and wine trails. There’s nothing flash, snob or high fashion. Rather it’s sunny, scenic beauty, with activities that hug nature and the outdoors […]

Vineyards and wine routes in Quebec Travels Through Quebec’s Wine Country By Margaret Swaine Pouring wine in their rustic 1830 fieldstone and wood beam barn, Iréneé Belley and his wife Sandra Moreau explained how they came to grow wine in a province famous for its cold snowy winters. “I think doing a vineyard will keep […]

By Margaret Swaine We were a group of well-dressed people running into the vineyards in heels and hats at Vineland Estate in Niagara this August, only doing what many do these days. Rushing to get to a wedding. At a winery. Except in this case it was more like a travelling nuptial theatre. The bride […]

By Margaret Swaine (Wine Access 2007 Canadian Wine Annual) Prince Edward County has all the ingredients for a good weekend cruise through the vineyards. On this bucolic virtual island (a canal cuts the isthmus from the mainland) there are great chefs, plentiful local farmers, neat food outlets and twelve wineries some with on premises dining […]

By Margaret Swaine (Wine Access 2007 Canadian Wine Annual) Ontario’s most important wine region, the Niagara Peninsula, is home to over 60 wineries stretched from the town of Winona just past Hamilton to the Canadian shores of the Niagara River. Pick up the Niagara Wine Route (1-800-263-2988; about an hour out of Toronto by […]

By Margaret Swaine (National Post June 9, 2007) The invite was intriguing. Come to a get-your-gumboots-on and get-your-hands-dirty, educational wine boot camp on the grounds of the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. If I accepted this mission, I was to join about two dozen sommeliers coming in from western Canada. Our hosts were […]