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(oops) wine – A Cautionary Tale of Typography

By |October 1st, 2014|

(oops) wine label documents in detail the improbable but true story of how most of what used to pass for Merlot in Chile was actually Carmenère.

Malbec, Who’s Your Daddy? Prunelard (at l’Institut de la Vigne)

By |September 13th, 2014|

Prunelade: Papa de Malbec. Who knew? This week I got my nose into a whole bunch of new varieties. Actually, as it turned out, most of them weren’t that new—and some were pretty old. Just east of Toulouse, in Lisle Sur Tarn, is one of  seven regional offices of l’Institut Français de la Vigne [...]

Cahors: Youth Drives Malbec Renaissance

By |September 6th, 2014|

Chateau Gaudou's Fabrice Durou CAHORS, southwest France. Mention 'Malbec' and chances are your mind and palate will go straight to Argentina. That’s not surprising: the South American producer has done for Malbec what Australia did for Shiraz, or New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc. However, the fact that Malbec is now a household name—even if propelled [...]

Smoke & Oak: Ribs ‘n Riesling at Wild Goose

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Smoke & Oak overlooks this dramatic panorama Last week—on yet another glorious Okanagan summer’s day—we found ourselves on the patio at Wild Goose. Nothing unusual about that. But this was the first time I had managed to get back to check out Smoke & Oak Bistro, which they launched late last year. Some [...]

A chat with KWV Winemaker Izele Van Blerk 

By |August 8th, 2014|

Izele Van Blerk One thing about the wine biz: it’s always changing—and usually for the better. It’s been a few years since I was in South Africa. But I vividly recall a visit to KWV’s hallowed Cathedral Cellar, for so many years the heart of the ‘old’ South African wine industry. At the [...]

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living 

By |August 6th, 2014|

Provence Food and Wine ... some pretty irresistible dishes Yes, it’s a none-too thinly-veiled promo for Provence. Never mind! I love this cookbook that was doing the rounds at about the same time as the recent B.C. Wines from Provence spotlight. Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living (by François Millo and [...]

5 (More) Reasons to Drink German Riesling

By |July 24th, 2014|

Riesling is very much on our radar this summer. Well it always is, but even more so thanks to Wines of Germany’s ’31 Days of German Riesling’ promo, now on across Canada. Drop by any participating resto* and you might just win yourself an all expense paid trip to Berlin—and likely a few slurps of [...]

Okanagan Falls: More Than Just a Pretty Place

By |July 14th, 2014|

Okanagan Falls: not a bad spot for a scenic tasting! The more focused evolution of the Okanagan’s specific wine regions continues, as sub-appellations seem likely to become a reality. Witness the progress of the Okanagan Falls Wineries Association. Last Friday night’s Party in the Park was just that: a delightful evening of wine [...]

(Bending the) Riesling Rules with Martin Tesch

By |July 6th, 2014|

Dr. Martin Tesch   A multi dimensional tasting They say that wine always tastes better with the winemaker. I’m inclined to agree, especially when it comes to someone like Martin Tesch, who dropped by Vancouver last week. Then again, I happen to know they show just as well without him. It’s not hard to [...]

It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

By |July 5th, 2014|

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around we’ve ‘graduated’ to Pimm's no. 6, and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t seem quite as ‘Pimmish’ as no. 1., [...]

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