Veronica Leonard – Writer and Wine Tourist
I am passionate about wine touring. I love meeting the vintners, the winemakers and the viticulturists who make it all happen. I love the green rows of ripening grapes and the cool tranquility of the barrel cellar where wood and wine languidly embrace. Most of all, I love the wine tasting, selecting wines that appeal to my tastes and bringing them home to cellar and pair with the right time, food and company.
When we became empty-nesters 15 years ago, I knew nothing about wine except that it came in red, pink and white but not all of it was good. When Colin and I started to travel abroad, we chanced upon Harvey’s bodega in Jerez, Spain, New Beginnings Winery at Nelson’s Creek in South Africa. Brunello and Vino Nobile in Tuscany. We came close to bathing in rosé in Provence.
We returned to our home in Nova Scotia Canada and discovered an exciting new wine industry just coming into its own, Then we moved to Ontario in 2010, close to the Prince Edward County wine region, which was also just starting to make its mark. So many people were stuck in a rut of believing the only good wines came from a handful of wine regions and so I started to blog about the many places we had found wonderful wines.
I’m not a critic or a wine connoisseur. I may not be able to tell you the complete flavour profile of a wine but I can tell you about my experiences visiting wineries in Canada and abroad. The bottles in my wine cellar are vibrant with the memories of the wineries and the people who created these wines.
I’m a wine tourist, just like you learning as I go. The winetourist.ca is a compilation of my past and present blogs and articles on wine touring.. This is my virtual wine cellar where I go to savour memories of great winery visits. Find a comfy chair and a glass and sample a few of them with me.