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5 GREAT REASONS TO SKIP DRY JANUARY!

It’s an age-old scenario…we overindulge in December and then spend all of January repenting. Whether it be to atone for our excessive behaviour or simply to detox the body, Dry January has become a highly popular New Year’s Resolution…

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PREMIUM SPARKLING WINES: BEST IN SHOW 2018

New Year’s Eve is around the corner. It’s time to loosen our purse strings (and belt buckles…) and indulge in the finer things in life. And everybody knows that premium sparkling wines help to make the season bright! Premium…

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SPARKLING WINES: THRIFTY SHOPPER’S GUIDE 2018

Back by popular demand, my thrifty shopper’s guide to sparkling wines! I bring you 10 great value recommendations to help you glide merrily through the holiday season without breaking the bank. Last year, I covered the basic styles of…

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Education

HOW ALCOHOL IN WINE SHAPES FLAVOUR

Alcohol in wine…you may think that its only redeeming quality is the mellowing effect it has on us after a hard day’s work. While this is important (in moderation, of course), alcohol actually plays a far more important role…

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TOP 10 VALUE WINES OF THE MONTH

Studying for the Master of Wine and writing about wine involves lots of…you guessed it…wine tasting! Though you may picture me sipping wine while chatting and nibbling from cheese boards, there is a little more to it. Professional tastings…

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Perplexed about Pinot Gris(gio)?

Photo Credit: Trentino vineyards, G. Blisson If you drink white wine you have definitely had Pinot Grigio. It is the king of by-the-glass wine options in bars and cafés around the world. Why? Because even the cheapest versions are…

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Education

WHERE IS ALL OUR WINE COMING FROM?

Have you ever wondered how much wine is actually made in the world, where it is all coming from, and who is drinking it? Well lucky for you, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) tallies the numbers for…

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Acidity in Wine & Why it Matters

What do experts mean when they praise acidity in wine? Critics regularly enthuse about the racy acid of a German Riesling or the lively, crisp nature of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Why is acidity so important in wine…

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The Lost Wines of Valdeorras

Photo credit: www.telmorodriguez.com “Il passado esta el futuro” cried Telmo Rodriguez, swirling a glass of Godello in one hand while gesturing energetically with the other. The past is the future. Thus began an impassioned speech on the recent history…

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Education

NEW WAYS OF COPING WITH ARCTIC WINTERS

Photo credit: Domaine St. Jacques, Québec  – As published on www.jancisrobinson.com on Aug. 28th 2018 –  As the leaves fall from the vines in November, the annual race against the clock begins in the cooler reaches of the Northern…