St Catharines university gifted with rare 2,500 bottle wine collection

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Published September 27, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Certainly not a typical gift that a university could receive but to Brock University, a very much appreciated one, to be certain.

Renowned wine expert Michael Vaughan has given the St Catharines university 2,500 bottles of historical wines from across the country, including a number of extremely rare bottles that date back decades.

Vaughan used to be a Professor of Economics at Ryerson University before leaving to become an award-winning national wine writer and critic.

He decided the university’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) was the perfect recipient for his famed Michael Vaughan Wine Collection.

Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s CCOVI, (shown below) told the Brock News, “This generous donation, coupled with Michael’s expertise, will be a valuable asset to the Institute as we work to address the evolving research and outreach needs of our industry and educate future generations of grape growers and winemakers.”

“This collection serves as a living history of the evolution of Canadian wine, allowing us to learn from the past and bolster the sustainability and success of our industry in the future.”

The collection will be housed in CCOVI’s 44,000-bottle capacity wine cellar, where the wines will be climate-controlled, archived and preserved as part of the Institute’s Canadian Wine Library.

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