Pousse dOr Volnay and cheese
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Salt, pepper & Pinot Noir

Photos: Claude Rigoulet In my previous life as a winery sales manager I used to do lots of in-store tastings. They required a lot of standing around, and serving wine in terrible conditions…too warm, in awful little plastic cups, in overly…

Photo credit: IVSO / P. Poupart
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The Mighty South West

Photo credit: IVSO/ P. Poupart From a Canadian’s perspective, France is a small country. 15 times smaller to be specific. A mere blip on the world map. Yet in terms of wine output, France is enormous. Not only in terms…

Valpolicella
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Veneto Travel Diaries Part 5 – Valpolicella 101

Valpolicella…land of wine, charm and tradition. So proclaims the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella, responsable for the marketing and promotion of the region. And they are not wrong. Those three descriptors aptly sum up what awaits you when you arrive…

Valpolicella Tales
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VENETO TRAVEL DIARIES PART 4 – VALPOLICELLA TALES

Perhaps it was the proximity to Verona and its star-crossed lovers that made me sentimental. And perhaps, after a week travelling with two strong, talented women, I had become somewhat biased. Whatever the reasons, the themes of enduring love…

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VENETO TRAVEL DIARIES PART 3 – A TASTE OF SPRING

My jaunt through the vineyards, cantinas, trattorias and castellos of Conegliano Valdobbiadene is sadly at an end. The festivities culminated in a lovely closing dinner with much merriment. The old, low beamed roof creaked under the weight of hundreds…

Cartizze
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VENETO TRAVEL DIARY PART 2 – “THE HEROS OF PROSECCO”

A grey, overcast sky greeting us this morning as we hopped on the minibus for the days’ adventure. First stop, the Enology school for a proper classroom session to learn the wonders of DOCG Prosecco. The main difference always cited…

Conegliano
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VENETO TRAVEL DIARY PART 1 – ITALY’S FAMOUS FIZZ

It is becoming increasingly rare (at least in my experience) to have a perfect journey. I mean one where all your flights leave on time, the security lines are short and painless, the immigration people are friendly and your…

Distretto
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ITALY AWAITS…!

I have been a little remiss in posting recently. This is simply because the big count down has begun…  I am T-26 days from the Masters of Wine exams. So, as you can imagine, I have had my head…

Wine Shop
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IT’S ALL A MATTER OF TASTE

I went to a very interesting tasting last Sunday, hosted by the gracious and talented Ontario-based wine writer Natalie Maclean. There were wines from all over the map to taste, over 70 in all. While there were some real…

Beaune vineyard
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The civilizing necessity of wine

On a sad day like today, with bombs raining down on Brussels and the world in such turmoil, spending all of my time and energy on wine studies seems a superfluous pursuit. Wine is a luxury good, not a necessity. And…