288 pages, 10.3 × 7.4 × 1.1 in
October 24, 2006
Random House Of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679313346
ISBN - 13: 9780679313342
Read from the Book
Winery Etiquette Running a winery and vineyard is a year-round business, but many wineries’ tasting rooms are open only during the summer season, from May to October or November. Rather than turning up on the doorstep to find a “Closed” notice on the door, call ahead or check the website for the winery’s hours. If you are travelling in a large group, phone ahead and advise the tasting room when you’re arriving. The weekends are the busy time and, if you want special treatment as a group, ask if there is a private tasting room. My advice is to avoid visiting wineries on holiday weekends if you want to ask the staff questions. They’ll be too busy to spend much time with you.If you’re driving, don’t block access to doorways or to your fellow visitors with your car. If you’re cycling, make sure you park your bike so that no one will back over it. Many wineries now have bike racks.You will be greeted with open arms as long as you are there to sample the wines and not to party. Most wineries don’t charge for a sample pour and will be happy to serve you up to four selections. You may have to pay for their specialty wines, such as Icewine. It is de rigeur for professional wine tasters to spit, so don’t be afraid to follow this custom. Spittoons and dump buckets are provided, but make sure your aim is true. And don’t feel you have to finish each sample. You won’t offend the tasting-room staff if you dump the sample after one sip. Keep your opinion to yourself and move on.Don’t start w
From the Publisher
Canada’s first-ever wine atlas – the complete reference guide to the country’s vineyards and award-winning wines.
While Canadian ice wine is now an international icon, a gamut of other Canadian wine varieties have surprised the world with their quality. Tony Aspler explores the wine regions of Canada from coast to coast in this indispensable reference book offering guidance on where to go and why, what to taste, and how to make the most of the winery experience. Packed full of insider tips, detailed maps and lush photographs, never before has any book captured the excitement and drama of this burgeoning industry in Canada.
From British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley to Nova Scotia’s Malagash Peninsula, this comprehensive guide lets you meet the winemakers who have made the rest of the world sit up and take notice, and find out what really happens from season to season in the vineyard and in the winemaking process. And as he explores every establishment from the cozy farm wineries that make a single bottling to the high-tech corporations shipping bottles around the world, Tony Aspler gives you his insight into the history of winemaking in Canada.
Come taste the unique style of wines grown in your own backyard. Whether you are a devoted connoisseur or have yet to discover the joy of homegrown Canadian wines, The Wine Atlas of Canada will inspire you to tour the country’s wineries, walk their vineyards and sample their award-winning wines.
About the Author
Tony Aspler has been writing about wine for thirty years and today he is the most widely respected wine writer in Canada. He was the wine columnist for the Toronto Star for twenty-one years and has authored eleven books on wine and food, including The Wine Lover’s Companion, The Wine Lover Cooks, Travels with My Corkscrew and Vintage Canada. He writes for a number of international wine magazines, including Harper’s, Tidings, and Fine Wine & Liquor.
“An essential resource for anyone who wants to understand Canada’s burgeoning wine industry. Tony has a profound understanding of our wine industry, a meticulous eye for detail and a clarity of thought that translates beautifully onto the page.”
“In this beautiful volume, take a unique trip from coast to coast with Tony Aspler and learn why we should be proud of our Canadian wines. Tony writes about wine with love, warmth, knowledge and a sense of humour. Enjoy.”
“The definitive collection of all you need to know about the many and diverse winemaking regions of Canada coast to coast. Wineries, techniques, etiquette? It’s all here and no one is better equipped to prepare such a collection than one of Canada’s first and foremost wine experts, Tony Aspler.”