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Austrian wines: Fresh, light and wholly drinkable

Austrian wines: Fresh, light and wholly drinkable

With centuries of grape-growing and wine-making in the region, and best practices that date back to the time of the Romans, Austrian winemakers are implementing the traditions and knowledge to make wines that taste of a place. Terroir is at the fore. Regardless of style, Austrian wines tend to have a lithe core of bright […]

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Syrah: Big, bold and rich — or savoury

Syrah: Big, bold and rich — or savoury

As Rajat Parr, author of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste puts it, Syrah is a callback to our ancestry — a primitive side we rarely tap into. Done right, Syrah is “the glory of coming across a path of sweet, juicy, ripe wild berries, the smell of running through a thicket of untamed, flowering herbs […]

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They make wine in Quebec?

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
They make wine in Quebec?

Yes, they make wine in Quebec — and in a few cases, some of my favourite wines in the country. Historically, due to the brutal winters, producers in the province mainly planted hybrid grape varietals (grapes developed in a lab to be able to withstand colder temperatures), which can certainly make tasty wines, but rarely […]

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Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

When we hear “Champagne,” our minds tend to conjure up images of opulence and prestige. Years of brilliant marketing on the part of Champagne producers have resulted in an instant association between the region and a few major brands — Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and Pol Roger, to name a few. The […]

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Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

Beaujolais gets a bad rap. For years, consumers have come to associate the region with the cheap, one-dimensional Beaujolais Nouveau that hits the shelves at the LCBO on the third Thursday of each November. These wines can be fun, but they’re largely responsible for type-casting Beaujolais as a region that makes playful, but not serious, […]

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Rethinking California wine

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Rethinking California wine

I like to think about California wines as belonging to one of three different categories. Some wines might fit into more than one category or none at all, but for the sake of this column, let’s say there are the modernists, the traditionalists and the avant-garde. As a sommelier, when guests at my restaurant tell […]

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Biodynamic wine production up by 20 per cent annually

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Biodynamic wine production up by 20 per cent annually

It’s 2018 and any good wine list in the country will likely include wines produced following the principles of biodynamics. You may be a keen consumer, or you may have even consumed biodynamic wines at top restaurants without realizing it. You may also have heard a sommelier reference the movement while suggesting a wine at […]

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Orange wines: Skin-fermented magic

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Orange wines: Skin-fermented magic

Orange wines have recently captured the attention of sommeliers, winemakers and wine lovers alike. And contrary to what the name might suggest, these wines are not made from oranges. Rather, the word “orange” simply refers to the colour of the wines that results from a process involving the extended maceration of “white” grape skins with […]

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Marrying wine with food from non-wine cultures

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Marrying wine with food from non-wine cultures

As their palates develop and knowledge grows, wine drinkers aren’t always content to drink the same wine with whatever they eat. A few start to dabble in the sometimes-elusive joy of food and wine pairing. Others jump right in. They search for a perfect combination; one in which the combined sensory pleasure of the two […]

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Natural wines: A growing ‘crush’ of many wine lovers

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Natural wines: A growing ‘crush’ of many wine lovers

Many of us share a growing interest in knowing where our food comes from and what happens to it along the way. Not surprisingly, this same curiosity has carried over to wine. Recently, natural wines have become less the secret buzz of sommeliers, and more the new crush of many wine drinkers. Whether natural or […]

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