Welcome to Second Ferment! Wine pairs well with life ... and food, travel, people, work and play. Grab a glass and join me as I explore the wine scene in Ottawa, Canada, and beyond. Love hearing from my readers, so please leave a comment or drop me a line. Cheers! - Bethany

Saturday, April 30, 2016

WBC15: On the Keuka Lake Wine Trail


In the local Seneca language, "keuka" means "crooked." With its distinctive 'Y' shape, Keuka Lake is the only lake in the U.S.--and one of the few in the world--that flows both north and south. And it's the little-known birthplace of North American winemaking.

These little factoids came courtesy of Mikey "Merlot" Linehan, our host aboard the WBC15 Mystery Bus #5 on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Savvy Company: From the Bosc Family

The blog might be on hiatus, but I did have a chance to chat with Michele Bosc about what's new at Chateau des Charmes recently. You can check out my article over on the Savvy Company website.

Cheers!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guest posting on Uncork Ontario: Domaine Darius

Hey all!

So while I can't seem to find the time to write on my own blog, somehow I've managed to put together a guest post for Uncork Ontario about my experience at Domaine Darius. This is yet another small-scale, passion-fueled, committed-to-quality winery in the County with its own story to tell. The wines are spectacular; call ahead to see what they have in stock, though - it sells out fast!

You can also have a look at my queue-and-eh with Uncork's host, Shawn McCormick, here.

Cheers!

The quirky, eclectic gardens at Domaine Darius; view from the tasting cave.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WBC15: In the Defence of Hybrids


In the middle of a Q&A period on the soils and grape varieties of the Finger Lakes, a voice piped up out of the crowd:

"Can you tell me about hybrids? Why are they such crappy grapes?"

As one tweeter put it: Ouch.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

WBC15: the Wine Bloggers Conference in 17 Words


In her opening address to WBC15 participants, Karen MacNeil passed on a bit of advice given to her when she was the wine and food editor of USA Today: "If you know your stuff, you should be able to explain it in 17 words."

So here is my recap of the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference in 17 words (more or less ...)

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Review: Thirsty for more at Soif


Everything at Soif is corked.

No, no, not the WINE. The wine and the food (OMG) are fantastic. I'm talking about the walls. The floors. Some of the tables, parts of the bar, pieces of artwork. All made of cork. A startling revelation as you walk in the door; this is, indeed, a one-of-a-kind place.

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