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Ted Quoted Me Again

August 13, 2010

this is from the Windsor Star. At the SWOVA event Ted and I shared some wine and I was waxing phisophically about the Muscedere Syrah and my comments resulted. Yup I believe what I said.

Praise for wine region

They tasted and toured, they swirled, sniffed and sampled, and their reviews included praise for the area's wines and wineries.

Wine writers visited Essex County's wineries recently, talked to winemakers and enjoyed the area. Two wine writers from the Calgary Herald and Ottawa Citizen newspapers travelled to Pelee Island as well as exploring mainland wineries' barrel rooms and vineyards.

They visited restaurants and also dropped by the wineries' own premier, tasting event last weekend.

The annual Vintage Tasting by the wineries association attracts about 500 people, including wine writers from this area and Niagara whose work also includes popular blogs or journals.

Hosted this year by Musce-dere Vineyard, a winery just north of Harrow operated by brothers Fabio and Roberto Muscedere, the tasting event also involved Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. Its efforts included helping with arrangements for writers to tour the wine region.

The writers say for many outside this area, the wine region here remains largely unknown and undiscovered. But it produces some of the best Canadian wines few have heard of, let alone swirled and sipped.

"I guess the overwhelming impression is there's so much here people don't know about," said Rod Phillips, who writes for the Citizen and has a website for his work. He expects to write about the region for his regular newspaper column as well as a feature story.

"The area is so gorgeous," said Shelley Boettcher, who writes for the Herald. Windsor is also one quick, direct WestJet flight away from Calgary, she said of the service between the two cities available through October. She may write about this area for a travel feature.

"No one knows about it," Chris Ryan, the area's tourism organization CEO, said, adding efforts to draw attention to the area remain all the more necessary. People may not connect wine with the Windsor area, but they will and it will take a little time, he said.

As more wine writers experience the area, Ryan said other writers will ask why they haven't visited and will follow to seek out the wineries and taste the vintages.

"It's the unsung wine region," said Michael Pinkus, who's based in St. Catharines and writes an Ontario wine blog at "The Lake Erie North Shore region quietly does great work," Pinkus said, adding the more attention the better, and it's about time.

"This area could be at the same level as Sonoma," Jim Small, who blogs about local wine at, said of the California wine region. "This area is still very young, but already it's better than Niagara."

The tasting event enjoyed good reviews, and Roberto Muscedere said the writers remain impressed, especially with the collaboration between the wineries.v




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