Niagara's Wine Visionaries: Profiles of the Pioneering Winemakers by Linda BrambleNiagara's Wine Visionaries: Profiles of the Pioneering Winemakers by Linda Bramble

Niagara's Wine Visionaries: Profiles of the Pioneering Winemakers

byLinda Bramble

Hardcover | September 9, 2009

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As recently as the 1970s, the term "fine Ontario wine" was an oxymoron, and a bottle of Ontario wine at a wine-tasting produced skeptically raised eyebrows.

The Ontario wine industry in the Niagara region began to experiment as early as the 1920s with French varietals and hybrids -- only to have its efforts frustrated by Prohibition, government restrictions, the Depression,and a World War.

And yet today the wines of Ontario are among some of the finest in the world. What did it take to change the practices of a century and transform an archaic industry into a modern one in just thirty years? Who were the leaders of this revolution? What were the challenges? And what might the future hold for this vibrant community?

In Niagara's Vine Visionaries, Linda Bramble tells the dramatic story of people who carried out this transformation of the Niagara industry. Here are the pioneers, the visionaries, the scientists, the entrepreneurs, and the all-round "characters" who pushed, cajoled, and dragged Niagara into its proud place in the world of international wine-making.

LINDA BRAMBLE is a certified sommelier and a well-known and highly respected wine writer. In addition to teaching at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University, Linda is the Senior Editor of Vines magazine, and was the Canadian contributor to The Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. She lives in ...
Title:Niagara's Wine Visionaries: Profiles of the Pioneering WinemakersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 9, 2009Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1552774295

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Everyone Interested in Wine or Ontario This book is a “must read” for everyone interested in the Niagara wine industry or in the history of Ontario. In 10 chapters, Linda Bramble covers the Niagara wine industry from its early days to the present. Along the way, Bramble talks about Prohibition and its effect on the creation of the LCBO and the pioneers starting with Harry Hatch, continuing on through Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser and ending with Norm Peal. In between, Bramble details the start up wineries, the mergers, some failures and the many successes that have produced the current state of affairs in the Ontario industry. Bramble stays squarely focused on the many people she felt were able to see beyond their own winery and who worked for the industry as a whole. As she tells the stories of these people, the details of the formation of the industry become clear. For example, we see how these visionaries shaped the events leading to the VQA legislation, the negotiations leading up to the Free Trade Act that almost gave away our wine industry to the USA and also the current Cellared in Canada debate. For me, the highlight of this book was finding out how much of the history of the Ontario wine industry that I thought I knew was incomplete. As I said above, a must read for everyone interested in wine or history.
Date published: 2009-11-12

Editorial Reviews

"Overall, this book is highly recommended as a portrait of the Ontario wine industry as it earned its international reputation."