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Beat the winter blues with these big, balanced reds

Photo credit: Catena Zapata Winery (Adrianna Vineyard, Tupungato) Winter hit us like a ton of bricks this year. It was like someone flipped a switch; from lazy Indian summer to North Pole overnight. In Montréal, we have broken records…

Week-end wine recommendations
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WHAT TO DRINK THIS WEEK-END

Photo credit: Maison Gabriel Meffre  For your drinking pleasure on this chilly first week-end in December, I offer a mixed bag of under 20$* whites & reds! My apologies for the extended blogging hiatus…a gorgeous little baby named Charlie…

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WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT WINE ANYWAY?

Photo credit: Hermitage, Jasper Van Berkel In today’s saturated global marketplace, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Beer, cider and spirits, like wine, all have their devout clientèle. In fact, in many places, wine…

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PRODUCER PROFILE – ALAIN BRUMONT

Photo credit: Vignobles Alain Brumont Alain Brumont is a force to be reckoned with. This is evident from the moment he begins to speak; from his commanding tone to his broad Southwestern French accent. He has worked tirelessly through…

Is it worth paying more for fine wine
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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…

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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…

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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…