Home For July, 2014

Vini Portugal comes to Vancouver

winesofportugal.info I had already sifted my way through much of the tasting room upstairs and been reminded, yet again, of the consistent excellence in value from Portugal. I tasted reds, whites and, of course, fortified… each [...]

Interview With Nuno Vale of Wines of Portugal

Nuno Vale and I sat at the edge of the rain; sheets of grey and blue washing across the piazza as we hunkered down under the relative safety of a large patio umbrella and prepared for [...]

When Good Becomes Grand: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

They said that the category had got diluted, that “Chianti Classico Riserva” as a quality indicator had lost its oomph, its integrity. They said this and we said “Ok, right” and they said “We’ll show you” [...]

Burgundy in Six Minutes

What is Burgundy? Probably the most complicated wine region in the world, and surely one of the most famous and highly regarded. Oh, and did I mention one of the most expensive, even at the low [...]

Profile: Marcus Boyle of Tippling Club, Singapore

It’s no secret that Singapore is a food lover’s dream: laksa, Hainan chicken rice, roti prata, chili crab…the list goes on. And that’s only at the hawker food market centers scattered around the city-state. [...]

12 Most Noteworthy Sherries at Sherryfest West

The Sherryfest West 2014 Grand Tasting held recently in San Francisco included 21 bodegas pouring their Sherries, complimented by assorted seminars and pairing dinners. So it was not trivial to sift through all the sugary Pedro [...]

Right Banks of the World: Compared to St Émilion

Right-Banks of the World: comparing Saint-Émilion vs other regions making similar styled blends. A bold idea I was told by colleagues, especially as we would be tasting the wines blind, but an educated palate would be able to [...]