Ancient Coast Wines

Many years ago, a massive inland sea, larger than the great lakes, covered most of Ontario. Over time, the sea receded and left behind a legacy of corals and crustaceans, rich limestone soils, the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. Ancient Coast Wines are named after the Niagara Escarpment, which was once the coast of this ancient sea. While this sea is long forgotten, it created the natural conditions that make the Niagara Peninsula a great wine growing region. The unique soil composition along with the Niagara Escarpment’s rare microclimate has provided Ontario grape growers with the perfect place for growing vines. Ancient Coast was created in May 2000 as an embodiment and celebration of the geological history of the Niagara Escarpment. Its VQA wines are made from grapes grown exclusively in the rich fertile soils of the Niagara Peninsula. In its short existence, it has come to represent quality wines at an affordable price. – Description from mriskic

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  • Niagara

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Baco Noir

    Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape created at the beginning of the 20th century by French hybridizer, Francois Baco...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Secret Santa 2015 was a success!  We eventually figured out who the senders and recipients were based on past drinking habits and assorted sleuthing.  Some bottles were consumed quickly but others are in storage awaiting the right moment to enjoy them.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Final pairings are listed below:JONDERRY - received bo... Read More

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  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a recent article by Bloomberg reporter Elin McCoy suggest that these three wine regions are among eight regions will be part of a new generation of “it” wine producers. “If you're still rattling off the names of the old, long-famous regions, you're way behind the times,” McCo... Read More

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  • France's Champagne region is looking to end the champagne debate once and for all. The region, whose name is used by countless sparkling wine producers who do not produce their wines in Champagne, is looking forward to their July 2015 meeting with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in which the region h... Read More

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  • A lot of things are possible with the right amount of money.  That's what the Republic of Crimea wine region is hoping for after the Russian government recently approved an investment of more than $500 million in the winemaking region.  The infusion of money is part of a plan in which the government hopes to increase the region's production from... Read More

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  • need to find out where I can buy ancient coast merlot....

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  • Yes. I asked you where in Ontario you are located?? Do you have a winery outlet somewhere in the Escarpment area?? Ken Meier nek3404@hotmail.com

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  • Yes. Where in Ontario are you located? City - town?? nek3404@hotmail.com

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  • We are located in Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127 -suburb of Buffalo

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  • where are you located?? nek3404@hotmail.com Ken meier

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