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…

Rover
Life

A MOST CURIOUS JOURNEY

Photo credit: www.classicandperformancecar.com My grandfather Frank Egan was a wine merchant in London many years ago. It was a gentler time, so my mother would have me believe. A time where the answering of letters, dictating of future correspondence and…

Condrieu - glass & vineyard
Life

THE PURSUIT OF PURITY

Photo credit: Condrieu vineyards, Jasper Van Berkel Purity. This simple six letter word conjures up profound connotations of flawless perfection. In recent years, it has become a buzzword for the natural wine movement. It is bandied about freely in…

Hamilton Russell Daycare 2007
Education

THE RENAISSANCE OF SOUTH AFRICAN WINE – PART 3

Photo: Hamilton Russell Vineyards preschool kids, 2007 (Jacky Blisson) It is no secret that South Africa has a decidedly chequered past when it comes to human rights. Driving through the vast shanty towns that surround major and even minor cities…

Swartland vineyards
Education

THE RENAISSANCE OF SOUTH AFRICAN WINE – PART 2

Photo Credit: Swartland vineyards, Wines of South Africa In part 2 of my South Africa series, I look at some of the exciting Western Cape wine growing districts and wine producers cropping up on our liquor board shelfs. Click here…

Hamilton Russell Estate
Education

The Renaissance of South African Wine – Part 1

Photo: Hamilton Russell Vineyards (by Jacky Blisson) In Canada, we are often a little late to the party when it comes to new wine trends. So, if you still think South Africa is only good for inexpensive, nondescript white…

Life

A Brand New Screwing Machine…

Photo credit: Gabriel Meffre After a few weeks hiatus, I bring you another excerpt from my 2010 blog “The Rhône Canuck”. This episode is all about the ridiculous subtleties of language that can trip you up when living abroad…  …

NIEDERMORSCHWIHR - ALSACE
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THE ENCHANTING WINES OF ALSACE

Photo credit: www.vinsalsace.com Have you ever seen one of those magical store window displays before Christmas, where all the brightly coloured houses look straight out of a fairytale? Cobblestone streets wind this way and that, and rolling hills surround the…