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Wine news and oddities

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...
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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 Riviera....to 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...

Trois semaines en Villefranche-sur-Mer

Oct 5, 2010 / 5:00 am
Our latest adventure in Villefranche-sur-Mer took us back to Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat for an extended sight-seeing tour of the area, starting on the eastern edge of Villefranche and continuing around the point, and back to Beaulieu-sur-Mer, in the next bay. If I didn’t mention it before, this...

Trois semaines en Villefranche-sur-Mer

Oct 1, 2010 / 5:00 am
Day 2 & 3: Today finds us relaxing a little bit. We may have overdone the tourist bit yesterday, wanting to cram as much into one day as possible. Anyways, Niki (my daughter) and Patti wanting to hang out at the beach and sun-tan so off they went. Being a fair-skinned redhead, I knew I...

Three weeks in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Sep 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
Day 1: Well, the accumulation of almost a year’s planning has come to fruition. We have arrived after a long flight from Vancouver to London to Nice followed by a short taxi ride to Villefranche. However, while descending towards Nice, we flew over the southernmost part of the Alps, the...

Wine festival white wines

Sep 24, 2010 / 5:00 am
The 31st Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is fast approaching, running from October 1st until October 10th. This is the only wine festival in North America that is held during the wine harvest and throughout the 10 day celebration, there are numerous events planned from winemaker dinners,...

Fall Wine Festival wine events

Sep 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
Although the beginning of Fall is not officially until 3:09 am on September 23, it sure feels like its already here. While this change in weather conditions gives an indication of the impending start of Autumn, it also signals the imminent 2010 grape harvest. After quite a difficult start to the...

Food and wine pairing

Sep 3, 2010 / 12:50 pm
Working in a retail wine environment next door to a fine dining establishment definitely has its advantages. Anytime I need advice on what sauce to serve with say Butternut Squash Ravioli or sautéed prawns or if I need a special rub for boneless pork tenderloin, the Chefs at Waterfront Restaurant...

Summer entertaining

Aug 27, 2010 / 5:00 am
The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are almost over. There’s a hint of fall in the air mainly in the early morning and the evening when it starts to cool down. Back-to-school is just around the corner and this means the household budget is about to be torn to shreds with the purchase of school...

More Okanagan wine touring

Aug 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
All of this great weather that we’ve been having over the past month has caused us to get out and visit some of the wineries throughout the valley, some old favourites but always looking for new ones that have opened up. Usually we do not need a reason to visit but when relatives and friends...

Okanagan wine touring: Part Deux

Aug 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
Day 1: Monday It has been awhile since we hit the wine route and with our first allocation from the Poplar Grove wine club ready to pick up, we thought now is the perfect opportunity. It was a beautiful sunny Okanagan day with a little cloud cover and the promise of a refreshing rain in the air. ...

The Queen of Grapes — Chardonnay

Aug 6, 2010 / 5:00 am
If Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of grapes and one of the most widely planted on the planet, then Chardonnay has to be the Queen. With around 500,000 acres planted globally, it is second only to Airén amongst white wine grapes and is planted in more wine regions than any other grape, including...

Fruit characteristics in wine

Jul 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
One of the many questions I have been asked about wine is “How do they add the blackberries/cherries into the wine to get those aromas?” While this may elicit a snide comment or muffled laughs by some, there are many people who are beginning their wine education and for some this is a valid...

The king of red grapes

Jul 16, 2010 / 5:00 am
In the hunt for quality wine, the search always begins in the vineyard and specifically with the grape variety. A particular region cannot hope to produce great wines if they do not have superior varieties, with fruit that is able to physiological ripen in the local environment. In most renowned...

Okanagan wine touring

Jul 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
We really are truly blessed to be living here in Okanagan Valley but then I may be preaching to the converted. For those of you who do not live in the ‘Valley’, well you’re missing out on a lot of great experiences. All of this came crystal clear to me recently when I was invited to attend...

Wines of Portugal

Jun 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
Portuguese wine is invariably tied to the fortified wines of Port and to some extent, Madeira, but there is another side to the Portuguese wine industry particularly in the northern and southern ends of the country. Here one finds a diverse mix of varieties, most of them non-traditional and the...

The influence of oak on wine

Jun 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
There has been a long standing relationship between wine and oak. And while it is not entirely clear how barrels actually originated as a vessel for wine, we do know that certain varieties are enhanced by the use of oak. It provides an added dimension of aroma and flavour to the wine along with...

Classifications & vineyards of Burgundy

Jun 4, 2010 / 5:00 am
One could say that Burgundy is perhaps the most terroir-oriented region in France. That is, there is a lot of attention paid towards to the numerous “areas of origin” in Burgundy, where the grapes are grown and of the region's 400 different soil types. Whereas Bordeaux classifications are...

Burgundy

May 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
The ancient wine region of Burgundy is neither the largest nor the most financially important in the world. However, it is one of the greatest. For more than two thousand years, Burgundians have been producing, drinking and shipping magnificent wines around the world. The great wine-growing...

Wines for the long weekend

May 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
Why is that when it's cold and wintry, time seems to drag along, making winter seem like six months instead of three. Then when it warms up time seems to fly by. Holy smokes, it’s nearly the end of May, for Pete’s sake. Be that as it may, the May Long Weekend is here. The unofficial start...

On the wine route

May 14, 2010 / 4:30 am
We have wanted to get away and visit some wineries for awhile now. It seems as if we haven’t been on a wine trip since last fall and after attending the Spring Wine Festival wrap-up on Friday night and the Tantalus Winery opening on Saturday, we caught the elusive wine bug. So on Tuesday we...

Wines of Piedmont

May 7, 2010 / 5:00 am
Located on the borders of Switzerland and France, Piedmont produces two of Italy’s and of the world’s finest red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. The chief grape variety here is Nebbiolo, which takes its name from the word "Nebbia" which means fog. This is in reference to the fog that settles in...
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