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An award-winnng columnist for Canada's top newpapers - the Globe & Mail and National Post, along with numeous magazines.
This website is dedicated to knowledgeable individuals, including professional buyers, sommeliers and licensees in search of quality.
Our fundraising efforts include Covenant House - York University - Moorelands.
Also see our Vintage Destinations travel updates below.
This website receives an average of 5,000 daily page views - celebrating 25 years reviewing every Vintages release

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Great Summer Theatre
My apologies for not being able to post our reviews, but unfortunately due to unexpected circumstances we were unable to attend the various openings.
I plan to post my reviews by mid-July and hope that you will support these great summer theatrical experiences.

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The Shaw Festival
From the Broadway hit musical Sweet Charity, a contemporary take on the timeless Shaw classic Pygmalion; the world premiere of The Divine – a play especially written for The Shaw by Michel Marc Bouchard; and the adventurous Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher - check out the 2015 playbill
Buy tickets to the 2015 Season, and you’ll receive FREE wine tasting vouchers from Peller Estates and Trius Winery at Hillebrand worth $28/couple PLUS a 15% discount voucher for traditional afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel
current highlight: Peter and the Starcatcher has sailed its way into the Shaw Festival like a gust of fresh sea air
J. KELLY NESTRUCK'S **** review

The 2015 Stratford Season
Hamlet / The Taming of the Shrew/ Love’s Labour’s Lost / The
Adventures of Pericles / The S ound of Music / Carousel / The Diary of Anne Frank / She Stoops to Conquer / The Physicists/ Oedipus Rex / The Alchemist / Possible Worlds / The Last Wife
check out the 2015 playbill

current highlight" The Sound of Music a joyous celebration
see J. KELLY NESTRUCK'S **** review

favoute summer destinations

check out the great gorges of Ithica
stay at my favourite resort La Tourelle
Also a stunning La Tourelle walk not to be missed!
La Tourelle to Lower Buttermilk Falls - walk out the resort's front door and follow the Buck Trail into Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park. The trail will lead you through Upper Buttermilk and all the way down to Lower Buttermilk on the Gorge Trail. It takes a little over an hour and the hike is all downhill...and La Tourelle will pick-up guests and bring them back to the resort if they don't want to do the uphill return hike!

not to be missed
the outstanding Ithica Farmer's Market
July Finger Lakes Wine Festival

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New York's Finest - Dreamscapes Magazine
Finger Lickin’ Good Finger Lake Wines - National Post

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July 25th Vintages Release Best Buy Malbec

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Find the Best Rose
here are our ratings for all 48 Roses released in 2015
11 Recommended but only 2 Best Buys

Find Top Sparkling Wines
here are our ratings for all 54 Sparklers released in 2015
11 Best Buys & 9 Recommended
Ratings for all 17 Champagnes released in 2015
6 Recommended & 4 Recommended/Best Buys

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July 11 Vintage Assessments

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August 8, 2015 release
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August 22, 2015 release
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Michael Vaughan's travel features have appeared in the National Post, Toronto Life, the Globe & Mail, Dreamscapes Magazine, etc. A past TMAC member, his focus is providing readers with genuine useful consumer-driven information - not advertorial.
Destination Halifax
Discover the Halifax Art Scene
#1 check out the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
#2 Chives - my favouite Halifax restaurant
#3 Garrison - my favoirite brewery

coming: August 8 Halifax foodie update

coming up in Lunenburg

27th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Sunday, August 2, 2015

Magnolias Grill - my favouite Lunenburg restaurant
don't misstheir amazing Lobster Linguine

Discovering Nova Scotia Treasures
see my previous Nova Scotia travel feature


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