Tag: Hillebrand


On September 10, the LCBO is launching their goLOCAL Collection. For an entire month, the LCBO is providing their customers with the opportunity to discover their favourite Ontario wine. I recently spent a day in Niagara, touring some of the participating wineries, tasting some great wines and learning about the push to get LCBO customers to “goLocal”.

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Wine Of The Week: Royal Winter Fair Award Winners Part 1 – Trius Sauvignon Blanc

It really was good to see this wine win top honours at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wine Competition. It’s the first year that Hillebrand have bottled Sauvignon Blanc under their Trius label and I have no doubt that this wine’s success in blind evaluation has everything to do with the winemaking genius (and amazing storyteller) that is Darryl Brooker. Darryl is now Winemaker at Okanagan’s Cedar Creek winery, but this wine stands as a legacy to his talents… but not for long, as it is ALMOST all gone!!! Grab it while you can.

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Chef Frank Dodd’s Niagara Table

Last week Arlene Stein and I headed out on the Queen Elizabeth Way, out of tepid Toronto and down to Arcadian Niagara to visit Hillebrand Winery and see what Chef Frank Dodd was up to at their Winery Restaurant. Invited and led around by Liz Hendriksen, Arlene learns about the winery’s innovative approach to hospitality and Chef Dodd’s unwavering commitment to local ingredients before and after a four course ‘Harvest Table’ lunch in this video.

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How I Have Been Working Hard For You – A Food Writer’s Diary

The food writer’s life is punctuated by some very pleasant episodes. More often than not, invitations to these episodes come from publicists and PR professionals, wishing to drum up some press for their restaurateur clients. We craven, ink-stained wretches are often more than happy to accept these invitations, as our schedules allow, on the dual grounds that: a) there may be a story in it, and b) it sounds like fun.

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