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Mar 11, 2011 / 5:00 am

Wine Cellars: Whenever I meet someone that is new to the wine industry, at some point we ask each other if we have a wine cellar and what there is in it. Sometimes the answers are a modest one while others claim to hold 1000 or more bottles. Some of the finer restaurants in Vancouver have...

Green wine making: what is it?

Mar 4, 2011 / 5:00 am

Before reading the article, if you could be so kind as to send me a quick email [email protected] as to how you would like this article to be formatted. Do you enjoy the informative dissertation about different regions and wines or would you just like a selection of wines for the weekend? ...

Okanagan Icewines

Feb 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

It is believed that wine-making is the second oldest profession in the world. And amongst all the different wines, there are many diverse styles, dessert wine being one of them. From the famous Ports of Portugal, the classic Sauternes of Bordeaux, Madeira from the island of the same and Marsala,...

Fortified wines

Feb 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

Every year since 1996, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival has featured a regional focus such as wines from a specific country and starting in 2004, a global emphasis. This year, it is the Wines of Spain with the global focus being Fortified wines. When thought about, fortified...

Wines of Spain: Sherry

Feb 11, 2011 / 5:00 am

Of all the wine regions in Spain, Rioja and Ribera del Duero are probably two of the most well-known. However, there is one other that could be called iconic. More familiar as a drink for elderly grandmothers, it has been produced since before the Romans. But it wasn’t until the 16th and 17th...

Wines of Spain

Feb 4, 2011 / 5:00 am

Pouring into Vancouver on March 28th and running to April 3rd is the annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. This is the 33rd year of the Wine Festival and it has grown from a tiny one-winery festival into North America’s, if not the world’s, premier wine attraction. As with...

Châteauneuf du Pape

Jan 30, 2011 / 5:00 am

Last week, I recounted about the recent trip to the southern Rhône specifically the regions near the small village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pop 2100) my colleague Dave and I had the opportunity to undertake. We were invited by Caves de Rasteau, one of the largest and oldest cooperatives in the...

A weekend in Provence

Jan 23, 2011 / 5:00 am

Last weekend I had the rare opportunity to fly to southern France, specifically the area surrounding Châteauneuf du Pape. The occasion was the annual Truffle (Le Truffe) festival held each year in Richerenches, a tiny village in the hills north of Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape. Each year...

Wines of Portugal

Jan 14, 2011 / 5:00 am

One of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and one of the least understood is Portugal. Long relegated to the image of the sweet desert wine, Port and to some extent, Madeira, there is another side to the Portuguese wine industry. An eclectic mix of varieties are used in Portugal, not...

New Year's Eve celebrations

Dec 31, 2010 / 5:00 am

Once again Christmas has come and gone with great fanfare and celebration. I hope yours was as special as mine with family and friends gathered around. Now we head into the next festive occasion of December. New Year's is the one time of the year when everyone will have a glass of bubble whether...

Merry Christmas

Dec 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

There’s no article this week, no musings about wine or wine related stuff. Today and for the next few days it’s all about Christmas, family and friends spending time together. It’s about turkey, whether it’s brined or otherwise, Tryptophan coma’s (an Urban Myth?) and turkey soup,...

Christmas accessories

Dec 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

Gifts that are wine-related are great for Christmas, especially when you consider that so many people are entertaining during the Christmas season. But sometimes giving a Christmas gift to the wine lover on your list can be daunting, what with the vast array of wines, corkscrews, glasses and...

Wines for Christmas dinner

Dec 10, 2010 / 5:00 am

Well, we have 14 days until Christmas and the staff parties are happening in full force. Along with staff functions, this is time where we have dinner parties with friends and relatives who we’ve been out-of-touch with. Probably the easiest dinner party to have is one that is casual, appetizer...

Christmas gifts

Dec 3, 2010 / 5:00 am

Well, another week has passed and now there are exactly 21 days left to go. Definitely the Christmas season is in full swing and after almost three years of economic lethargy, retailers may finally have reason to expect a Merry Christmas, especially if they have developed an online presence. A...

More Christmas wine buys

Nov 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

The Christmas countdown is on with only four weeks to go. Pretty soon the shoppers and the traffic will be out in full force and for those of you that have finished shopping already, congratulations. However, there are those of us that sometimes leave it to the last minute. This is also the time...

Frosty November brings early icewine

Nov 23, 2010 / 12:00 pm

BC Wine Institute Media Release For Immediate Release A Frosty November brings an Early Icewine Harvest Kelowna, BC (November 23, 2010): This has been a truly unusual year for vintners in British Columbia. After a very late BC grape harvest, ending a mere two weeks ago for some wineries, the...

Christmas wine buys

Nov 19, 2010 / 5:00 am

The Christmas season is fast approaching, only five weeks left. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to try and focus on some of the great value wines currently on the market. As we cannot enjoy $30 wines all the time stocking up on the inexpensive wines is a prerequisite during this time of...

Fall wine selections

Nov 12, 2010 / 5:00 am

Everything around us tells us we are in the middle of fall. Look all about you and see the changing colours. All the produce is harvested off the fields, the grapevines are losing their leaves and going into dormancy. This is the time of year when are wine patterns shift. Gone are the light and...

Villefranche-sur-Mer C'est Fini

Oct 29, 2010 / 5:00 am

Our time in Villefranche is over and we are home but there are still a few things I wanted to mention. Throughout our stay, we made a concerted effort to do what everyone else does when they come to the French lay on the beach and soak up the Mediterranean sun and swim in its amazing...

La Quatrième Partie

Oct 13, 2010 / 5:00 am

The village where we are staying, Villefranche-sur-Mer is in the Cote d’Azur of the French Riviera, lying just 5km east of Nice and 13km west of Monaco. It is home to around 7000 permanent residents with the population swelling during the tourist season. Built in the late 13thC, the region has...

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