wines of Yalumba
Wines

TASTING THE WINES OF YALUMBA

Photo credit: Yalumba  Louisa Rose has a big job. She is the head winemaker at Yalumba; Australia’s most historic family-owned winery. The wines of Yalumba are renowned for their consistent, high quality – from the affordable “Y Series” to…

modern malbec
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MODERN MALBEC: FROM CAHORS TO MENDOZA

Over the course of two days in September, I attended two excellent tastings that highlighted the versatility, ageability, and downright drinkability of Modern Malbec. On the Tuesday, reputed Argentine wine writer Joaquin Hidalgo took me through an exciting line…

wine from washington state
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The Sunshine Wine from Washington State

Photo credit: Washington State Wine Commission (Horse Heaven Hills AVA) On the northwestern tip of the USA, bordering the Pacific Ocean, lies Washington State. Given its northerly, maritime location one would assume the climate is cool and damp. Not…

master of wine exam success
Life

MASTER OF WINE EXAM SUCCESS

I am delighted… Those three words have been running through my head for months now. This is how the form letter that signals Master of Wine Exam success begins. A pass brings, “delighted”, and defeat is announced by, “unfortunately”.…

Affordable Fine Wine Alternatives
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AFFORDABLE FINE WINE ALTERNATIVES

AFFORDABLE FINE WINE ALTERNATIVES Many of the world’s classic wine regions have longstanding quality hierarchies, with the best wines – the Grand Crus, the Riservas, the Gran Reservas, the Grosse Lages – at the top of the pyramid. These…

free trade canadian wines
Education

UPDATE: FREE TRADE FOR CANADIAN WINES

UPDATE: Free Trade for Canadian Wines Last summer, I wrote the article below bemoaning Canada’s archaic laws that prohibit the cross-border movement of alcohol. A year later, while there has been some movement, free trade for Canadian wines (and…

Canadian Wine
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WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK (MORE) CANADIAN WINE

Photo credit: Wines of British Columbia, WineBC.com Because it is delicious. Voila. Enough said. End of article. Seriously though, Canadian wine has come a hell of a long way in a very short time. There have never been so many…

the wines of domaine louis michel
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TASTING THE WINES OF DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL & FILS

The wines of Domaine Louis Michel epitomize all that I love in top Chablis. They are pure, precise, and incredibly elegant in a lean, steely style that, while understated, remain incredibly complex and powerfully structured. Established in 1850, the…

how to read a wine label
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HOW TO READ A WINE LABEL

Have you ever stopped to actually read a wine label? I mean, not just a quick glance at the picture of a stately Château or a cheeky hippo, but really taken a few seconds to peruse the contents of…