Valpolicella Tales
Life

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…

Life

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
Life

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
Life

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
Life

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
Life

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
Life

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…

masi appassimento
Producers Reviews

PRODUCER PROFILE – MASI AGRICOLA

If you live in Canada and like Italian wines, you have certainly come across the prodigious line up from Masi Agricola. They are known as one of the founding fathers of Amarone. Last week, I had the great pleasure…

Smith Haut Lafitte aeriel view
Reviews Wines

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2012 Tasting

When I was a kid, my dad used to buy Bordeaux futures and pull them out with much pomp and circumstance on special occasions. These bottles marked my vinous awakening. An evening of 1982 Cos d’Estournel and Léoville Las Cases…

Grapes on sorting table
Education

a nerdy little guide to tannin descriptions

If you read enough tasting notes, you will know that there is a whole language of descriptive words for things like acidity, mouthfeel, structure, and none more so than tannin. They are useful tools to describe a wine as…