Congratulations Ian D'Agata on receiving the Tony Aspler Cuvee Award of Excellence. As a kid from Buffalo, it is great seeing Ontario getting some recognition for their wines.
The Tony Aspler Cuvee Award of Excellence was inaugurated in 2000 to mark Aspler's 25 years of wine writing (Tony Aspler is the "dean" of Canadian wine writers, author of close to twenty books on wine). The annual award goes to the individual or institution that has done most to further the aims and aspirations of the Ontario Wine industry. This year's winner was Dr. Ian D'Agata for his role in championing Ontario wines in the international arena, most notably in Vinous magazine, and for being an enthusiastic ambassador for the region. Past recipients include John Ralston Saul, perhaps Canada's leading living philosopher, novelist and essayist (and whose wife, Adrienne Clarkson, while
Canada's Governor General instituted the service of Ontario wines at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada's monarch or his or her representative; Laurie Macdonald, executive director of the Vintner's Quality Alliance, the official Ontario authority that administers and enforces the VQA Act that sets the standards for VQA Ontario wine production and its appellations; and historic Ontario winemakers/producers including Paul Bosc Sr., William Lenko, and Peter Gamble.
Ian's award is especially noteworthy as it is the first time it has ever been awarded to someone living outside of Ontario and because it is also the first time it has ever been won by a journalist/wine writer. #canada #wine #ontario #iandagata #vinousmedia @vinousmedia