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2015 Vancouver Intl. Wine Festival

I never had as much fun at a wine tasting as I did this year at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival. It seems redundant to say so though: how could you not have fun at [...]

Serafino Wines, McLaren Vale @ 2015 VIWF

The Vancouver International Wine Festival attracts some of the brightest minds in the world of wine and wine-making every year; 2015 being a shining example. I was privileged to have some time to sit with Maria Maglieri, [...]

On Finding Wine in Beijing, Shanghai, HK and Singapore

Wine certainly wasn’t the driving force of my trip this past summer to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Food? Yes, definitely a big part with visions of laksa, won ton noodle soup, and Shaanxi [...]

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. [...]

An Ode To The Humble Pot Roast

The lowliest cut of beef turned into the most succulent comfort food. I mean, what says comfort more than pot-roast? Immediately thoughts turn to Sunday evening meals; family is near, there’s good conversation amidst the bickering [...]

Somm Q&A: Christopher Birnie-Visscher of db Bistro Moderne, Miami

Just because South Florida conjures up images of another afternoon with swaying palm trees in Margaritaville and overpriced Caipirinhas in clubs focused more on the scene (cue the thud-thud techno), Miami’s wine culture is now as [...]

Somm Q & A: Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell, LA

No wine list? No roster of the usual varietals greatest hits and a handsome vintage collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy? How is this possible? It sounds like one of those omakase sushi restaurants with a sign [...]

BC Syrah compared: #WineTastingCircle Vancouver

A friend and winemaker called me a few weeks ago and asked if I would try his unreleased 2011 Syrah (from BC) and let him know my thoughts. I have to say, it’s a good job that affords [...]