Romanee-Conti bottles
Education Reviews Wines

IT IS WORTH PAYING MORE?

In one of Hugh Johnson’s fabulous books, he advocates buying ageworthy wines by the case, so that bottles can be opened periodically, over the span of their recommended drinking life, to see how they evolve. Until recently, I would…

Domaine Queylus - sorting table
Producers Reviews

PRODUCER PROFILE – DOMAINE QUEYLUS

Photo credits: Domaine Queylus If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you will know that I come from a family of unabashed wine snobs. Our saving grace, and the reasons we still have any friends…

Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard soil
Education Life

OUR BLIND LOVE AFFAIR WITH ORGANIC WINES

Photo credit: Jasper Van Berkel When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon to see people throw bags of leftover McDonald’s wrappers out of their car windows on the highway. Recycling was a new and little understood concept. And…

Ktima Winery Vineyards
Reviews Wines

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: 5 FUN SUMMER WHITES UNDER 20$

Photo credit: www.gerovassiliou.gr I am frequently impressed with the adventurous spirit of my fellow Québecois wine drinkers. All sorts of lesser known origins are popping up on store shelves these days, and seem to be selling nicely. Just look at the…

Beaune carousel 2
Life

A PREGNANT PAUSE

I remember the feeling of nervous anticipation as I navigated my way through the Vienna airport in the winter of 2015. I was on my way to meet my fellow Masters of Wine students for our first year seminar in Rust,…

Brunello Vines - Consorzio
Education Reviews Wines

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO & THE 2012 VINTAGE

Photo credit: Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino A villa in Tuscany…this notion conjures up romantic images of rolling hills dotted with vineyards and olive trees, warm sunshine, delicious, market-fresh food and, of course, incredible wine. For if there is…

Rioja Vineyards
Education Reviews Wines

THE EVOLUTION OF RIOJA

Photo credit: us.riojawine.com The past twenty odd years has been an exciting time in the winemaking world. So-called ‘New World’ producers have resoundingly proven that they can compete on the global stage, and a new generation of ‘Old World’ growers have emerged. This latter…

Spices at the market
Life

BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE VAN

I bring you a final excerpt from my 2010 blog “The Rhône Canuck”, written during the 10-years’ I lived as an expat Canadian in France. This episode is all about culture shock, white vans and the pleasures of market day. When I…