The Quebec International Wine and Spirits Fair, presented by the SAQ and in collaboration with the CBC, is held every two years and offers epicureans a unique opportunity to discover a thousand and one facets of the wonderful world of wine and spirits. Origin Sparkling Wine garnered tons of positive feedback from the fair. Well-known Quebec wine journalist Samy Rabbat connected with Yolande Masse, official Genesis Wine Group representative, regarding Origin Sparkling Wine.
Between The Lines winemaker Yannick Wertsch joins Ingrid Sapona from Ontario Wineries Guide to discuss his latest innovation, Origin Sparkling Wine. Learn more about Between The Lines and how they made Ontario’s first sparkling wine in a can here.
Sparkling wine in a can? Really?! Why not?
When I first heard about this I didn’t believe it. I had never heard of sparkling wine in a can, or indeed of any wine being packaged this way. Unbeknownst to me, a few wineries in the United States and one in British Columbia were already doing this.
Consumers can be a fickle lot – except when they’re hanging on stubbornly to long-held beliefs.
This tendency has presented something of a challenge to Yannick and Greg Wertsch, brothers and owners of Between the Lines Winery, a six-year-old enterprise in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., that produces and sells wines from a retail store in the family barn as well as through a wine club and in restaurants.
Sparkling wine in a can sounds like madness, but a Canadian winery based in Niagara-on-the-Lake has managed to pull it off.
Between The Lines winery is run by brothers Greg and Yannick Wertsch. Passed down from the family, the brothers have worked hard to create a successful winery from their vineyard, producing wines with a heavy emphasis on cold climates.
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — A group of Niagara-on-the-Lake winemakers are sure to be the toast of the town with the launch of an innovative new product: sparkling wine in a can.
Origin Sparkling Wine was released at the start of the year, offering lovers of the bubbly beverage the opportunity to enjoy smaller servings — 8.5 ounces per can. There’s no longer a need to wait for a reason to celebrate, the single serving size means people can pop a tab, instead of a cork, and not have to worry about finishing the bottle.
If I were a winery owner in Niagara, I would tip my hat to the young upstart Between the Lines winery and get on board with their latest project — sparkling wine in a can. I’m not joking here, it’s a brilliant idea and a game changer for marketing VQA wine in Ontario and beyond.
For Greg Wertsch of Between the Lines winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the milder winter weather was a factor in a decision by himself and his brother, Yannick, to skip making icewine this year.
"We decided against it and went for a late harvest," Wertsch said. "In hindsight, we think it was the right decision."
TORONTO – The constant cold temperatures and recurring polar vortexes have wreaked havoc on Ontario’s vineyards.
As temperatures plunge, wine growers in Niagara region are trying to get an idea of how much they’ve lost due to the cold weather.
“I’m thinking we’re probably down to at least 50 per cent across the board,” Greg Wertsch from Between the Lines Winery said in an interview Monday. “We might be a little bit higher on our hybrids but we’re definitely almost wiped out on the merlot.”
Yannick and Greg Wertsch, the co-owners of Between The Lines Winery and Wertsch Family Vineyards, come by their grape growing roots honestly. “We didn’t have much choice,” Greg says. “Our path was kind of destined by our parents.”
The under-30 brothers-duo started working on the vineyards of their grandfather and then in earnest in 1998 when their parents bought the 45-acre estate they now operate between Lines 5 and 6 on Four Mile Creek Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake...
Of all the things we find on the label of a bottle of wine, perhaps most important is the appellation. Getting down to the heart of the matter, the appellation is simply the wine’s address. It’s where the grapes were grown. This simple fact of where grapes were grown gives an oenophile a deep understanding of what’s inside the bottle or can. Yes, the bottle or can!
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