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Sunday, December 1, 2013


CANADIAN WINERIES (Firefly Books, 2013, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-77085-
244-0, $29.95 CAN paper covers) is by Tony Aspler, well-known and
prolific Canadian wine writer, and photographer Jean-Francois Bergeron.
It is a photographic essay-profile to 82 of Canada's finest wineries.
Aspler provides the context with stories of the regions and the people,
while Bergeron illustrates the winemakers and modern facilities, the
vineyards, and the settings with his photos. Currently, there are over
560 wineries in Canada, and (if you include fruit wines and grape
juice) wine is made everywhere. Over the years, Aspler has written many
books about Canadian wines, and some have been photographed principally
by Steve Elphick. Here, Bergeron and Aspler have roamed around Canada
over the years in different seasons to produce what could actually be a
wine-touring guide (although it is a weighty book). To be selected in
the top 15% or so, a winery had to have quality and consistency in
vintages over the years, had to be historically significant in an
impact manner, and had to be aesthetically appealing for its setting.
There are 34 wineries here from Ontario, an equal number for BC, 9 from
Quebec, and 5 from Nova Scotia. Each gets a directory listing, a photo
of a wine bottle, a photo of people or building or vineyard (and more),
and a profile of the people and the business.
Audience and level of use: wine lovers, Canadian winery visitors,
reference libraries.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: seven million tourists visit
Canadian wineries each year. Wineries contribute $6.8 billion a year
and support 31,000 jobs.
The downside to this book: no real tasting notes.
The upside to this book: a good look at important wineries and the
people behind them.
Quality/Price Rating: 91.

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