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
Reviews

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…

Saint Joseph - Ferraton
Producers Reviews Wines

Producer Profile – Ferraton Père et Fils

Photo credit: Ferraton Père & Fils (Saint Joseph vineyards) The French have a wonderful word for describing certain wines: digeste. I have never been able to find an adequate counterpart in English. The literal translation is digestable which, one would…

Wine Bottles
Reviews Wines

TOP PICKS – GALLEON WINES TASTING

When I tell people that I work in the wine industry, I invariably get a lot amused comments. The general assumption is that the job entails sitting around, drinking all day. Sadly, this is usually not the case. I mean,…

Dentelles de Montmirail
Life

FROM BEAUNE CANUCK TO RHONE CANUCK

Photo credit: Gabriel Meffre Hi folks. Here is the second installment in the “Throwback Thursdays” republication of my 2010 Rhône Canuck blog. This brief post details my move from Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. Enjoy! So here I am…

Jacky Blisson in Beaune
Life

My Father’s Daughter

I have decided to partake in few throwback Thursdays this fall, and republish excerpts from the blog I wrote in 2010 while living in France. I called myself “The Rhône Canuck” and shared my musings as a Canadian wine lover living and working in…