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When Bulgarian Wine Pairs with Lunch in NYC

There was a time when Bulgarian wine was known in the States, or at least known about. In 1986, specifically, the Chicago Tribune, in an article by Kristine N. Curry, called Bulgaria’s wines “top-notch”. Then the [...]

22nd ProWein Shows New Sources of Quality Wine

Not quite the largest wine trade show in the world—but getting there—ProWein steadily upholds its reputation as the place for wine and spirits business to occur. This year, the Düsseldorf, Germany, convention hosted an increased number [...]

Black Hills Estate Winery Delivers

   The mountains in this part of British Columbia seem carved from the rocky valley floor, as if Heaven had scourged the land with chisels and wire-brush; the jagged edges slowly crumbling into the dusty sand [...]

Valentine’s Day Menu: Spoil the One You Love

There is nothing as powerful as sharing yourself; your time, your energy and your passion with the one you love. To me very little can encapsulate this idea as readily as cooking a meal and, yet, [...]

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 [...]

COLOR BC Wine Tasting @ Canada Place, 9/14

It's always a good afternoon when I get to meet with friends, and how much better could it be than meeting those self-same friends in the hallowed halls of Vancouver's Canada Place with a banquet hall [...]

Simply Sensational Summerhill Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

Champagne: beverage of the ultra-elite, the glittering nectar that deities of real estate and rap music use to wash away their troubles. Most highly regarded region for the production of said effervescent treat. For now. [...]

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 [...]

Hungary’s Thummerer: Family Winemaking

This is one of those stories about how to get the better of the government. Once upon a time, there was the Thummerer family, from the Eger region of Hungary. In 1984, papa Vilmos Thummerer decided [...]