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Why You Should Visit Ontario Wine Country Now

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Ontario Wine Country, which encompasses beautiful Niagara Falls and the Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Canada as well as Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore, is well known for producing world class ice wines. Since 1984, the region has been commercially selling the wine made from vitis vinifera grapes that produce varietals such as vidal blanc, riesling, and cabernet franc, which is often enjoyed as a dessert wine or paired with strong, potent-smelling cheeses.

Today, however, Ontario Wine Country isn’t just producing ice wine — it’s making amazing wines that are standing up to global giants, winning awards, and becoming a serious force to be reckoned with in the wine landscape. This region shares the same latitude as Northern Italy and other cool climate wine regions of Europe, which produces wines that are more aromatic, lighter in body and higher in acidity.

Ontario Wine Country currently consists of over 170 licensed wineries ranging from larger, more established operations like Peller Estates and Inniskillin, to smaller boutique operations such as Ravine Vineyard. The region is also affiliated with the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), which guarantees that 100 percent of the grape content of the wines produced comes from Ontario.

Regardless of the size or amount of bottles produced per year, a wonderful commonality remains: most of the wineries are held to the highest standards of wine making, and in many cases, the properties are family-run. The wine varietals showcased most frequently in the region are chardonnay, riesling, cabernet franc, and pinot noir.

Peller Estates Winery is Canada’s largest wine family. They not only own Peller, but also Trius Winery and the soon-to-be-launched Wayne Gretzky vineyard — which is slated to open in 2017, complete with an ice skating rink on its grounds. When visiting Peller’s tasting room, the 2013 Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc is the wine to try as it’s aged in an egg-shaped vessel, allowing for a very clean and crisp flavor.

Peller is also home to a fine dining restaurant that caters to food-lovers and provides intricate tasting menus on holidays and weekends. Sous chef Maurice Desharnais says that everything they cook in the kitchen is explicitly “Canadian” at heart, meaning they utilize local ingredients as much as possible, but also showcase the best Canada has to offer. “We’ll get lobsters from the East Coast, and salmon from the West Coast,” he noted. “It’s a rustic kitchen with a fine dining twist.” For the adventurous diners, the restaurant also offers a five- or seven-course “blind” tasting menu each week, where 80 percent of the menu is unknown to guests.

Inniskillin is one of the heavy hitters and arguably the most globally recognized name (mostly for their assortment of ice wines), but the winery is so much more than that. For starters, they offer unique wine education classes, such as the Riedel tastings where groups can sample the estate’s wines in Riedel glasses, tasting the incredible difference the wine has to offer depending upon the glass it is poured into. The winery boasts the only Riedel room in the entire world and displays an elegant table from the Riedel glass factory in Austria that was given to the winery back in 2008.

At Reif Estate Winery, the specialty tastings are the thing to do, because the winery has been producing great quality wine since it first planted grapes in 1977, and they are very proud to showcase them. The winery boasts a sensory tasting, offering cheese pairings with their wines, as well as blind tastings and wine and chocolate pairings.

Pilliterri Estates Winery has been family-owned and operated since 1993 and is the largest producer of ice wine in the region, having won over 700 awards. It also is home to an artistic barrel cellar with a monolithic concrete table and stainless steel chairs. The winery hosts a variety of food and wine pairings as well — most notably the ice wine and smores tastings featured in the colder months.

Before leaving the region, Ravine Vineyards is a must-try for both its tasting room as well as a restaurant overlooking the stunning vineyards. Winemaker Martin Werner has spent years studying other wine regions — from Australia to California — bringing back his knowledge and expertise to his hometown. Be sure to try the house-smoked charcuterie plate that’s superb on its own or paired with outstanding wines like the 2014 cabernet franc.

Even beyond the countless breathtaking vineyards, the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake (part of wine country that sits on the Western end of Lake Ontario itself) is picturesque in every sense of the word. Lining the main street are quaint boutique B&Bs such as 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa, which offers everything from single rooms to three-bedroom suites complete with full kitchens, fireplaces, washers and dryers, and multiple bathrooms. The property is home to a gym, as well as the luxurious spa and specialty restaurant Treadwell’s that offers a full dining room and a more casual wine bar/tasting room concept as well.

Just a short walk from 124 on Queen on the main drag is a pub known as the Olde Angel Inn, which offers traditional Irish pub fare (try the fish and chips or the chicken curry half-and-half) and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. For a full-scale chef’s table experience, try the newly-opened Backhouse restaurant in town, where chef Ryan Crawford creates Canadian dishes on an open grill, showcasing the best cuisine of the region paired with local wine or craft cocktails.

For those needing to take a break from the wonderful wine scene, Niagara Falls is a mere 10 minutes away by car. Those touring the area can see the falls, dive deeper with a “Behind the Falls” tour, or, for the adventure seekers, take an incredible helicopter ride with a view that is like no other. Or, perhaps, have the best of both worlds and simply buy a bottle of delicious artisanal wine to savor by the fire after a long day of sightseeing in Ontario Wine Country and the Niagara-on-the-Lake region.


Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

Introduction

What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

Highlights

  • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
  • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
  • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
  • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
  • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
  • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
  • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
  • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
  • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
  • Why should you support your local wine industry?
  • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
  • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
  • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
  • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
  • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
  • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
  • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
  • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

About Klaus Reif

Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

Resources

  • Connect with Klaus Reif
    • Website: reifwinery.com
    • Twitter: @Reifwinery
    • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
    • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

    Tag Me on Social

    Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

    Thirsty for more?

    • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
    • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
    • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

    Transcript & Takeaways

    In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

    This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

    I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

    I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

    If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

    Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

    You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

    Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

    1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
    2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
    3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
    4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
    5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

    If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

    Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

    You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

    Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


    Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

    You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

    You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

    Introduction

    What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

    In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

    Highlights

    • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
    • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
    • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
    • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
    • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
    • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
    • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
    • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
    • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
    • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
    • Why should you support your local wine industry?
    • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
    • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
    • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
    • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
    • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
    • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
    • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
    • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

    Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

    I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

    Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

    What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

    Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

    About Klaus Reif

    Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

    Resources

    • Connect with Klaus Reif
      • Website: reifwinery.com
      • Twitter: @Reifwinery
      • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
      • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

      Tag Me on Social

      Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

      Thirsty for more?

      • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
      • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
      • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

      Transcript & Takeaways

      In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

      This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

      I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

      I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

      If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

      Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

      You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

      Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

      1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
      2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
      3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
      4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
      5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

      If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

      Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

      You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

      Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


      Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

      You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

      You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

      Introduction

      What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

      In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

      Highlights

      • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
      • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
      • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
      • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
      • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
      • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
      • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
      • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
      • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
      • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
      • Why should you support your local wine industry?
      • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
      • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
      • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
      • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
      • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
      • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
      • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
      • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

      Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

      I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

      Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

      What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

      Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

      About Klaus Reif

      Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

      Resources

      • Connect with Klaus Reif
        • Website: reifwinery.com
        • Twitter: @Reifwinery
        • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
        • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

        Tag Me on Social

        Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

        Thirsty for more?

        • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
        • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
        • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

        Transcript & Takeaways

        In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

        This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

        I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

        I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

        If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

        Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

        You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

        Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

        1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
        2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
        3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
        4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
        5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

        If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

        Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

        You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

        Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


        Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

        You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

        You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

        Introduction

        What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

        In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

        Highlights

        • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
        • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
        • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
        • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
        • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
        • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
        • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
        • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
        • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
        • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
        • Why should you support your local wine industry?
        • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
        • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
        • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
        • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
        • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
        • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
        • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
        • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

        Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

        I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

        Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

        What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

        Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

        About Klaus Reif

        Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

        Resources

        • Connect with Klaus Reif
          • Website: reifwinery.com
          • Twitter: @Reifwinery
          • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
          • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

          Tag Me on Social

          Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

          Thirsty for more?

          • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
          • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
          • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

          Transcript & Takeaways

          In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

          This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

          I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

          I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

          If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

          Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

          You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

          Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

          1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
          2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
          3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
          4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
          5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

          If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

          Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

          You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

          Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


          Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

          You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

          You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

          Introduction

          What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

          In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

          Highlights

          • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
          • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
          • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
          • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
          • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
          • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
          • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
          • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
          • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
          • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
          • Why should you support your local wine industry?
          • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
          • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
          • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
          • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
          • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
          • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
          • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
          • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

          Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

          I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

          Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

          What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

          Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

          About Klaus Reif

          Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

          Resources

          • Connect with Klaus Reif
            • Website: reifwinery.com
            • Twitter: @Reifwinery
            • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
            • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

            Tag Me on Social

            Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

            Thirsty for more?

            • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
            • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
            • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

            Transcript & Takeaways

            In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

            This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

            I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

            I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

            If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

            Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

            You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

            Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

            1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
            2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
            3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
            4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
            5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

            If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

            Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

            You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

            Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


            Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

            You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

            You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

            Introduction

            What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

            In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

            Highlights

            • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
            • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
            • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
            • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
            • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
            • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
            • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
            • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
            • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
            • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
            • Why should you support your local wine industry?
            • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
            • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
            • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
            • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
            • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
            • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
            • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
            • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

            Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

            I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

            Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

            What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

            Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

            About Klaus Reif

            Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

            Resources

            • Connect with Klaus Reif
              • Website: reifwinery.com
              • Twitter: @Reifwinery
              • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
              • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

              Tag Me on Social

              Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

              Thirsty for more?

              • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
              • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
              • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

              Transcript & Takeaways

              In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

              This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

              I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

              I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

              If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

              Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

              You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

              Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

              1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
              2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
              3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
              4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
              5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

              If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

              Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

              You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

              Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


              Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

              You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

              You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

              Introduction

              What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

              In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

              Highlights

              • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
              • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
              • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
              • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
              • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
              • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
              • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
              • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
              • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
              • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
              • Why should you support your local wine industry?
              • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
              • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
              • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
              • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
              • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
              • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
              • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
              • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

              Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

              I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

              Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

              What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

              Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

              About Klaus Reif

              Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

              Resources

              • Connect with Klaus Reif
                • Website: reifwinery.com
                • Twitter: @Reifwinery
                • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
                • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

                Tag Me on Social

                Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

                Thirsty for more?

                • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
                • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
                • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

                Transcript & Takeaways

                In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

                I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

                I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

                If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

                Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

                You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

                Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

                1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
                2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
                3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
                4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
                5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

                If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

                Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

                You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

                Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


                Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

                You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

                You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

                Introduction

                What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

                In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

                Highlights

                • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
                • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
                • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
                • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
                • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
                • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
                • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
                • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
                • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
                • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
                • Why should you support your local wine industry?
                • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
                • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
                • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
                • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
                • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
                • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
                • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
                • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

                Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

                I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

                Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                About Klaus Reif

                Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                Resources

                • Connect with Klaus Reif
                  • Website: reifwinery.com
                  • Twitter: @Reifwinery
                  • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
                  • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

                  Tag Me on Social

                  Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

                  Thirsty for more?

                  • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
                  • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
                  • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

                  Transcript & Takeaways

                  In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                  This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

                  I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

                  I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

                  If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

                  Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

                  You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

                  Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

                  1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
                  2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
                  3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
                  4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
                  5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

                  If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

                  Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

                  You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

                  Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


                  Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

                  You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

                  You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

                  Introduction

                  What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

                  In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

                  Highlights

                  • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
                  • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
                  • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
                  • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
                  • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
                  • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
                  • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
                  • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
                  • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
                  • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
                  • Why should you support your local wine industry?
                  • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
                  • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
                  • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
                  • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
                  • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
                  • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
                  • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
                  • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

                  Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

                  I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                  Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                  What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

                  Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                  About Klaus Reif

                  Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                  Resources

                  • Connect with Klaus Reif
                    • Website: reifwinery.com
                    • Twitter: @Reifwinery
                    • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
                    • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

                    Tag Me on Social

                    Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

                    Thirsty for more?

                    • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
                    • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
                    • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

                    Transcript & Takeaways

                    In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                    This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

                    I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

                    I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

                    If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

                    Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

                    You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

                    Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

                    1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
                    2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
                    3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
                    4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
                    5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

                    If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

                    Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

                    You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

                    Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!


                    Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine’s Future

                    You can listen to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast on every podcast platform and app, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Android and Pandora.

                    You can also subscribe for free so that you don't miss an episode. Click a button below to listen:

                    Introduction

                    What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the “Free My Grapes” campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian wine industry?

                    In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Klaus Reif of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Reif Winery.

                    Highlights

                    • How is the younger generation of Ontario winemakers impacting the industry?
                    • How has the perception of Ontario wines changed since the 80s?
                    • What are the four stages in the evolution of Niagara winemaking?
                    • What can you look forward to on a visit to Reif winery?
                    • As a wine lover, why should you try Vinea Liqueur?
                    • How can you make a Vinea Royale?
                    • Where can you get a bottle of Vinea?
                    • What new developments should you look out for on the Ontario wine scene?
                    • What are the biggest challenges facing the Ontario wine industry?
                    • How does “Free My Grapes” help Canadian wine lovers and winemakers?
                    • Why should you support your local wine industry?
                    • What filet mignon and smoked salmon wine pairings are must-try according to Klaus?
                    • Why is marketing critical in the wine world?
                    • Why do you have to be careful when using an aerator with old wine?
                    • How do Niagara winemakers work together as an industry?
                    • What were the four phases of Ontario winemaking from Klaus’ perspective?
                    • Why did Robert Mondavi approach Klaus in London?
                    • Which race car driver would Klaus love to share a bottle of wine with?
                    • Which wine gadget is Klaus’ single most important tool?

                    Start The Conversation: Click Below to Share These Wine Tips

                    I want to have the people who come to the winery learn something. I want everyone to walk out and say I learned something today. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                    Good wine, in my opinion, has to have harmony. That’s how I try to make wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                    What’s the only agricultural product that I put on my table that still has the label? It’s not the beef, it’s not the potatoes, it’s the wine. - Natalie MacLean Natalie MacLean Click to tweet

                    Don’t be over-anxious to use decanters or aerators on older wine because they can destroy your wine. - Klaus Reif Klaus Reif Click to tweet

                    About Klaus Reif

                    Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany but in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                    Resources

                    • Connect with Klaus Reif
                      • Website: reifwinery.com
                      • Twitter: @Reifwinery
                      • Facebook: ReifEstateWinery
                      • Instagram: @reifestatewinery (now available in liquor stores)

                      Tag Me on Social

                      Tag me on social media if you enjoyed the episode:

                      Thirsty for more?

                      • Sign up for my free online wine video class where I’ll walk you through The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)
                      • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat. , including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red , White and Drunk All Over : A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
                      • The new audio edition of Red , White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon .ca, Amazon .com and other country-specific Amazon sites iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites Audible.ca and Audible.com .

                      Transcript & Takeaways

                      In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with the visionary Klaus Reif, of Reif Vineyards in Niagara, who comes from twelve generations of winemaking. He grew up on a family vineyard in Germany. But in 1978, he visited his uncle Ewald who had started a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Klaus loved the region, so after completing oenology studies at several respected institutions, he returned in 1987 to take over winemaking at his uncle’s winery. In 1989, winemaker Roberto Didomenico joined him, and Klaus is now president of the winery, though he stays active in the winemaking.

                      This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video a couple of years ago, so keep that in mind as the context for Klaus ’s comments. Also, you’ll occasionally hear me respond to viewer questions. You can be part of that conversation every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including this evening if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published. And in fact, we’ll be pairing Niagara-on-the-Lake wines, like Reif’s, with delicious dishes, so join us.

                      I’m recording this intro on April 28 and we’re still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. During this time, I encourage you to support your local wineries wherever you live, especially since their tasting rooms are now closed, cutting off a major source of their sales since the majority of wineries don’t produce enough wine to get listed in big liquor store chains.

                      I’ll put a link where you can find a list of Ontario wineries offering home delivery, including Reif, in the show notes, as well as links to the winery, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation and the video version of this chat at nataliemaclean.com/75.

                      If you want to discover great wines like those I taste with Klaus , sign up for my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!).

                      Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

                      You can also watch the video interview with Klaus that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

                      Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Klaus Reif.

                      1. I love Klaus ’s musical metaphor for wine, how it should be like an orchestra with all the instruments or components in harmony: oak, alcohol, acid, tannin and fruit play nicely together.
                      2. He brings such a deep connection and history to his vision for Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Canada when it comes to wine. He’s the human equivalent of old vines in his accumulated experience, not that he’s old and grey like old vines.
                      3. Klaus underscores the importance and economic impact of supporting local wine: every bottle of Ontario wine purchased adds $12 of economic impact to the economy versus just $1 for imported wines.
                      4. It’s incredible to realize just how boutique and artisanal the Ontario wine industry still is with roughly 10,000 hectares of vines planted — that’s just 10% of Germany with 100,000 hectares, 1% of France with one million hectares and less than a half a percent of Spain with its 2.5 million hectares.
                      5. I love Klaus ’s optimism for the future, as he embraces the ideas and innovation that young people bring to the industry and informs that with his own grounded wisdom for the region.

                      If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the fascinating wine tips that Klaus shared. You’ll find links to Reif’s winery websites, the wines we tasted, a full transcript of our conversation, the video version of this chat and where you can find us on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm at nataliemaclean.com/75, including this evening.

                      Finally, if you want to connect with me personally, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

                      You won’t want to miss next week when we’ll be chatting with Victoria James, the author of two books, her most recent, a gripping memoir called Wine Girl, which has been on the national bestseller list for four weeks. She’s also the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers at just 21 and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants ever since. Today, she’s the partner and beverage director at New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse restaurant. Her journey to this stellar position, however, was a difficult one as the sub-title of the book alludes: The obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of a young sommelier. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. She joins me from her home in New York City next week.

                      Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a delicious wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, say from Reif!