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The World of Niagara Wine

Edited by Christopher Fullerton, Michael Ripmeester, and Phillip Gordon Mackintosh
Subjects Geography, Business & Economics,
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Paperback : 9781554583607, 295 pages, August 2013
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554584062, 295 pages, July 2013
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554584055, 295 pages, July 2013

Table of contents

Table of Contents The World of Niagara Wine, edited by Michael Ripmeester, Phillip Gordon Mackintosh
Map of the Niagara Region and Its Wineries
Foreword | Konrad Ejbich (CBC Radio)
Introduction: The World of Niagara Wine | Michael Ripmeester, Phillip Gordon Mackintosh, and Christopher Fullerton
Section 1: Niagara Wines Decanted
1 The Early History of Grapes and Wine in Niagara | Alun Hughes
2 Niagara Wine and the Influence of the Government Regulation, 1850s to 1944 | Dan Malleck
3 The Growing Place of Wine in the Economic Development of the Niagara Region | Christopher Fullerton
Section 2: Business and Bottles
4 The History of the VQA | Linda Bramble
5 Ontario Wines in the Marketplace | Astrid Brummer
6 The Ontario Wine Industry: Moving Forward | Maxim Voronov, Dirk De Clercq, and Narongsak Thongpapanl
7 The Hands behind the Harvest: Migrant Workers in Niagara's Wine Industry | Janet McLaughlin
Section 3: The Vineyard to the Bottle
8 The Use of Geospatial Technologies for Improved Vineyard Management Decisions in the Niagara Region | Marilyne Jollineau and Victoria Fast
9 The Niagara Peninsula Appellation: A Climatic Analysis of Canada's Largest Wine Region | Anthony B. Shaw
10 The Wine-Producing Soils of Niagara | Daryl Dagesse
11 Viticultural Practices and Their Effects on Grape and Wine Quality | Andrew G. Reynolds
12 Wine Tasting | Ronald S. Jackson
13 Vintning on Thin Ice: The Making of Canada's Iconic Dessert Wine | Gary Pickering and Debbie Inglis
Section 4: A Cultural Perspective on Niagara Wines
14 New Wine in Old Wineskins: Marketing Wine as Agricultural Heritage | Michael Ripmeester and Russell Johnston
15 Constructing Authenticity: Architecture and Landscape in Niagara Wineries | Nick Baxter-Moore and Caroline Charest
16 Wine and Culinary Tourism in Niagara | David J. Telfer and Atsuko Hashimoto
17 Conflict in the Niagara Countryside: Securing the Land Base for the Wine Industry | Hugh J. Gayler
18 The Niagara Wine Festival's Grande Parade: The Public Geography of a “Grape and Wine” Controversy | Phillip Gordon Mackintosh
Afterword | Tony Aspler


The World of Niagara Wine is a transdisciplinary exploration of the Niagara wine industry that celebrates and critiques the local wine industry and situates it in a complex web of Old World traditions and New World reliance on technology, science, and taste as well as global processes and local sociocultural reactions.
In the first section, contributors explore the history and regulation of wine production as well as its contemporary economic significance. The second section focuses on the entrepreneurship behind and the promotion and marketing of Niagara wines. The third introduces readers to the science of grape growing, wine tasting, and wine production, and the final section examines the social and cultural ramifications of Niagara’s increasing reliance on grapes and wine as an economic motor for the region. Preface by Konrad Ejbich.


What sets The World of Niagara Wine apart is its voice and its perspective. It is authored by a group of deeply curious academics who have an abiding passion for wine and for all that happens in the Niagara Peninsula. This book is the fruit, so to speak, of their labour of love.... Leafing once again through the manuscript to write these words, I feel as if I'm sitting in on a roundtable discussion with a group of like-minded folks, all talking about wines while sipping some. In fact, I recommend the same for you. Get yourself a glass of something local before curling up with this book to listen in on the conversation.

- Konrad Ejbich, from the preface, 2013 July

An academic paper on the Grande Parade? Hey, it's about time.... It's one article of many contained in a recently published book, The World of Niagara Wine.... Through 18 articles penned by 18 different writers, the book examines the history, business, science and culture of wine in Niagara. While some of the writings delve deeply into wine geekdom, most are accessible to the average slurper, and offer thought-provoking takes on the industry.

- Doug Herod, The Standard (St. Catharines), November 13, 2013, 2013 November