Pieter Van den Weghe

Pieter Van den Weghe is general manager
and wine director at Beckta dining & wine.

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Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

A 150th anniversary is a good reason to take pride in Canada’s accomplishments and we have much to toast when it comes to our wines. Compared to some other New World countries, wine had a difficult start in this country. Early attempts by European settlers to cultivate their own vines typically failed due to the […]

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Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

It’s quite natural for those who enjoy wine to develop some nesting tendencies. Things start off innocently enough, with a glass of wine when out and about, or perhaps a bottle bought to be enjoyed at home. Then, some hoarding begins. Whether it’s stashing a few bottles in the closet or building a designer wine […]

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The art of blending

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
The art of blending

It used to be that where a wine came from was more significant than the grapes used to make it. The advent of regulatory appellation systems, the New World’s liberty to select its own grape varietals and a more scientific awareness of varietals have helped change that. While the history and tradition associated with regions […]

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The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

| October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

Over the past two decades, something very special has been happening at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Intrepid and determined grape growers and winemakers have carved out a most unexpected wine region that borders the impossible while striving for the fantastic. The quality of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and sparkling wines […]

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Making the best of a dry situation

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Making the best of a dry situation

Less is more when it comes to water and growing wine grapes. Pressuring a grape vine to dig deep with its roots and seek out water is the foundation of winemaking. While other factors have a role to play, great wine can only come from the fruit of an appropriately stressed vine. However, balance is […]

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Gorgeous Grüner Veltliner

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gorgeous Grüner Veltliner

Few countries have a wine industry that’s only known for a single grape varietal. Sure, many North American wine drinkers immediately expect a Pinotage when they think of what they will find in their glass of South African red wine. Yet, those consumers would probably be surprised that Pinotage represents only seven percent of South […]

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Bubbles from the New World

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Bubbles from the New World

Sparkling wine is an incredible and splendid kind of drink. Not only is it delicious, and versatile for food pairings, it transcends being a wine to become an icon of culture. Its mere mention evokes images of everything from proper celebrations to a heady life on Easy Street. All that said, it’s also serious and […]

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Now that’s fortification

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Now that’s fortification

There’s so much to know about wine that it’s understandable that we tend to limit our awareness to what we know we like. However, these comfortable and safe choices can be a kind of cage. The dark and murky corners of the wine world deserve to be explored and our palates deserve the pleasure of […]

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You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
You’ve come a long way, Canada. Cheers!

Canada has come a long way since the early 1800s when Johann Schiller, a retired German mercenary from the Rhine, settled near Toronto and developed a small winery based on the native varietals he found on his property. He sold the wine he made to his neighbours and came to be what is considered Canada’s […]

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New Zealand rescues a storied grape

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
New Zealand rescues a storied grape

Over the last 40 years, New Zealand has done something amazing in the world of wine. It has redefined a grape varietal and, along the way, established itself as one of the world’s great wine-producing nations. The grape is Sauvignon Blanc, and, for many wine drinkers, the New Zealand expression of this French grape has […]

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