Canadian wine and Ottawa wine, in general, has a lot of enthusiasts within Canada. This is evident from the number of amazing Ottawa wine bars that are full every evening.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city has a lively downtown, with a variety of spots to enjoy top-quality wines. With differing atmospheres, themes, and wines; there is truly something for every wine-lover.

SecondBottle presents amazing Ottawa wine bars and establishments! The following venues offer truly unique experiences even amongst themselves. With large and expertly chosen wine menus, as well as amazing food; no trip to Ottawa is complete without a visit!

Beckta Dinner and Wine

Located at 150 Elgin Street, Beckta is one of the newest Ottawa wine restaurants that has already built an amazing name for itself. Built into the newly renovated and historic Grant House, this Ottowa wine bar and restaurant has been ruling downtown fine wine and dining since last fall. The bar got its name from Stephen Beckta, a prominent name in local gastronomy and the innovator of the Play Food and Wine in the market. This fine wine holds a special spot between glass-encased Shopify building and the city halls.

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Wine prices range from $5 to $22 per glass and $35 to $702 per bottle. With leather seats, wall-to-wall exposed grey brick, and curved archways, this sumptuous Ottawa wine bar is comfortable, nuanced, and beautiful. Beckta has been successful in creating a truly unique atmosphere.
Beckta has a splendid wine menu, with many options for established and unknown wines. With every visit, customers have the opportunity to discover amazing new wines to add to their favorites. Moreover, the hospitality offered is second to none.

One of the most noteworthy wines available at Beckta is a Pinot Noir from Stanners Vineyard in Prince Edward County. This lovely red wine is fresh, fruity and bright owing to the notes of red cherry. However, allow it to sit on your palette and discover the evolution of flavor within this truly remarkable wine.

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This profound, ruby red wine has a raspberry, pepper, and anise aroma with sweet fruit, spice, and floral notes.

Destroying Vineyard Vines And Grapes

The sooty mold that grows on the honeydew interferes with the normal ripening of the grapes. As a result, the grapes develop a poor taste and color and eventually wither off the grape bunches.
Also, the excessive feeding by the bugs leads to decreased vigor and a short life of the vine. As a result, the leaves of the vineyard vines turn yellow and the vines experience premature leaf drop.

Spreading Disease-Causing Viruses

The vine mealybug is a vector of grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) which reduces photosynthesis. As a result of the reduced photosynthesis, the sugar accumulation in the grapes is slow, thus the grapes take a long time to ripen. Also, the vines produce low yields and the grapes are of poor quality because they are acidic.

Detecting Vine Mealybugs In A Vineyard

The small size of the bugs makes it almost impossible to spot them. However, the following symptoms are a clear sign of a vine mealybug infestation in the vineyard.

  • Black sooty mold on the trunk, leaves, and grapes
  • A white waxy substance in crevices in and under bark and nodes
  • Intense ant activity on vines, wires or drip tubing – ants feed on the honeydew
  • Wet-looking areas on the bark as a result of the honeydew deposits

Management of Vine Mealybug

It’s hard for farmers to use pesticides to control vine mealybugs because of the nature of the pest. Notably, they are able to hide in crevices and underground. The wax covering their bodies prevents the penetration of water-based insecticides. And, they can quickly build up resistance to insecticide. Therefore, a lot of grape growers are using the following methods to control the pest;

Cultural Control

The cultural control method aims to reduce and prevent the spread of existing vine mealybugs in the vineyard. It promotes good vine management practices such as sterilizing the farm equipment used to harvest the grapes and prune the vines. As well as, pruning and removing of the dead and excess twigs in the vineyard.

Biological Control

The biological control technique calls for the use of a natural predator to the vine mealybug. Once the predator is in the affected vineyard, it kills and reduces the population of the bugs. But, since the predators cannot attack the bugs when they are underground or under the vine bark. The bugs need to be on the grapevines for the method to work.

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management aims to reduce pest populations in a non-polluting way, by using little to no chemicals in the vineyard. In fact, most farmers that use this method, only combine the cultural and biological methods to control the bugs. Therefore, it’s the most cost-friendly, sustainable and effective pest control technique compared to the other methods.
Even though the vine mealybug is a serious pest that damages vines and reduces the marketable yields, it’s controllable. Because by practicing correct pest management techniques, the damage caused by the bugs reduces.