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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Niagara

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and their malvasia... CARAVAGLIO, MALVASIA SECCA DI TRICOLI, “INFATATA”SALINA, SICILY, ITALY 201     SommSelect Editorial Director David Lynch exults over the mix of fresh fruit and sea spray in this quintessential “island white.” This is a special wine from a special place.R... Read More

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  • Did you buy through the winery or a brick and mortar?  I'm very interested.I always thought this to be the truth:"It wasn’t until 2001 that researchers discovered just nine remaining vines of locally-known “Crljenak Kaštelanski” on Croatia’s Dalmation coast. DNA fingerprinting confirms that the ancient Croatian variety has the same DNA structure... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • To begin with, Australian Chardonnay wine has improved significantly over the years!As I understand it, Australian winemakers are busily introducing new styles.I had new Aussie chards recently and concluded that they are really good, in my very humble opinion!These lovely chards are the result of more careful soil selection and well-considered s... Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right within this thread's discussion:  Massimo Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine t... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • I’d never heard of Godello until a few years ago but this Spanish white grape variety is now a regular on U.K. wine shelves. What’s more, it’s here to stay; it’s easy to pronounce, the wines taste good and, let’s be honest, we all like to tell our mates about a ‘new’ wine. Godello comes from north-west Spain where the vineyard areas of Bierzo, V... Read More

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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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  • 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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