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Bridlewood Estate Winery, Paso Robles, CA

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERYPaso Robles, California the town of Monterey in northern Central Coast AVASanta Barbara in November is a place of magic; where long beaches kiss the ocean under blankets of undulating sheep's-wool-fog and dew hangs [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Trump Winery Shows Off Quality in Virginia

Imagine my surprise when Donald Trump’s son sends me a half case of wine. No – not the start of a joke, a true story… On the other side of the continent there’s a 30-something fellow [...]

Grilled Ribeye Meets Cabernet Sauvignon

The passion at Hopcott’s meats ( http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/ ) is nothing short of inspirational: this is what ribeye steak is supposed to be! And yet I hear time and time again from people that $15 on a steak is [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]