Wine & Drinks

Blind Pigs and the Angel’s Share

Blind Pigs and the Angel’s Share

I first learned of the term “blind pig” from poking around a shop in Orangeville. They were selling ‘county tees’ designed by Jeanette McFarlane with a Blind Line slogan on the front of the t-shirt. When I asked what all the blind pig talk was about, the store owner...

How Do You Like Them Apples?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

To speak honestly and properly about apple cider, I first have to share a confession. Let’s just say that my grandmother, Nan, was an early forager—well before the term was hot and trending. By “forager,” I mean thrifty and resourceful (I witnessed her using a hair...

Farming For Beer on the BC Ale Trail

Farming For Beer on the BC Ale Trail

Originally in Harrowsmith Magazine Spring 2019 Alcoholic beverages have likely been part of human culture for as long as there have been humans. No doubt early humans hunted and gathered naturally fermented wild honey or fruit juices that tasted good and gave them a...

Fruit of the Land; Farming Under Vine

Fruit of the Land; Farming Under Vine

When most of us think of agriculture in Canada we imagine cows, pigs, chickens, fields of grain or corn. Grapes, not so much. But vineyards are farms, with viticulture and wine making the delightful end game, and Canadian grape-growers and winemakers are racking up...

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