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Haywire “Lunar New Year” Wines

The challenge with many people in the wine business is that they start treating wine as art and forgetting that it is a business. In and of itself there’s nothing wrong with viewing wine as art but [...]

Czech Wines Take Root in the USA

It’s been 10-and-a-half years since I went to Prague, but let it be said that at that time, it was less expensive to get a beer at a local bar than a coffee. No-one was drinking [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part III: The Wines

Continuing with our Visiting and Tasting Paso Robles story, Part I: The Story and Part II: The Wineries. Saxum Vineyards Nothing symbolizes the poise and power of Paso Robles like Saxum’s 2009 Bone Rock Syrah. It’s [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vistalba: Winery Interview & Tasting

The ribeye steaks at my favorite butcher, Hopcott Premium Meats (www.hopcottmeats.ca), looked fantastic! The kind of marbling and precise trimming that makes me immediately think of firing up the hibachi, pulling the dried hardwood *(applewood, mesquite, whatever [...]

Seven Terraces Wines, New Zealand

It is the oldest city in New Zealand, this port to the Antarctic called Christchurch. With a population of about 350,000 it's also the second largest in the country and the largest city on the Southern [...]

2014 Vancouver Intl Wine Fest: Consumer Tasting

http://www.playhousewinefest.com/Over 20,000 people came to the Vancouver Convention Center last week for the 2014 @VanWineFest; the expected crowd of doctors and lawyers but also mechanics, secretaries and firefighters... for too long I've heard the r... [...]

Valentine’s Day Special

As I am a trained chef, I get a lot of people asking me for suggestions for what to serve their significant other on Valentine's Day. Oh it's a dangerous thing to give advice! And with [...]

Bordeaux in Three Minutes

What is Bordeaux? It's one of the largest and most famous wine regions in the world. More precisely, it's in southwest France on the Atlantic coast and extends inland along the Gironde river. Its also [...]