Tag: Wine

Off program: A summer ode to hops

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Off program: A summer ode to hops

Beer is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage. It is so prevalent and has such deep historical roots that it’s actually intertwined with the identities of several cultures. Not only does beer pair brilliantly with a great variety of foods, it also goes perfectly on occasions ranging from loud celebrations to quiet contemplative moments. Yet, […]

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Warning: This column contains sulphites

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Warning: This column contains sulphites

We often romanticize wine. We think of it as a product made when  humans gently coax nature into making drinkable art. While true, that image contrasts with that of wine production as a business. Whether a winery is family-run or a multinational giant, grapes are the raw material and wine the finished product. Though less […]

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Wines to warm you

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wines to warm you

This time of year, it’s all about thick sweaters and good boots. The cold makes us search out warm company and hearty food. And we look for something rich and a bit more powerful in our wine glass. Instead of seeming out of step alongside warm temperatures and delicate dishes, a full-bodied wine is the […]

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The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The mystery and appeal of Pinot Noir

Wine endears itself to drama, romance and even a sense of mystery. And Pinot Noir is the perfect stage on which to play out those narratives. Its aromas, flavours and personality evoke plenty of drama and romance, and much of its seductive appeal is so mysterious that it is maddeningly hard to quantify and explain. […]

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The score on wine scores

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
The score on wine scores

As with any purchase, many factors can impact the decisions of a wine buyer. For some, it’s the attractiveness of a label, the variety of choice or even their own cultural bias. Complicating matters for many is the perception that, to purchase a delicious wine, one needs a stupefying amount of knowledge. What is seen […]

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Wine from under the Tuscan sun

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Wine from under the Tuscan sun

For most of us, the mere mention of Tuscany easily stirs up romantic imagery. We see the rolling hills. We feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. We walk the narrow streets of ancient fortified towns. However, besides inspiring daydreams, the true power of Tuscany is its strong sense of authenticity. This is particularly seductive […]

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New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

Canada has a great and evolving home-grown wine culture. More wineries are being established; grape growers and wine-makers continue to hone their craft and Canadian wine drinkers are aware and justifiably proud of our fantastic wines. And, with a little luck and a touch of patience, wine drinkers from one end of our nation to […]

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Wine is fine but …

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Wine is fine but …

With the cool days of autumn upon us, it’s tempting to stay indoors and entertain. Throw in a few holidays and, all of a sudden, you’re hosting plenty of dinners. While well-selected wines will always play their roles in making dinners, why not truly wow your guests? A few perfectly chosen items besides the fermented […]

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Why there may be more alcohol in your wine

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Why there may be more alcohol in your wine

  Alcohol is an obvious part of wine. It’s expected to be there. However, there’s a growing sense among wine drinkers that their drink is getting stronger. Chardonnay seems bigger. Côtes du Rhône tastes hotter. And they’re right. It’s not just a feeling. Over the last four decades, the amount of alcohol in wine has […]

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Savouring sake

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Savouring sake

Though delicious, sake can be challenging. From sommeliers to novices, many know exactly what they like to drink. We are familiar with wine, beer and spirits, and we have favourite situations we all like to enjoy them in. It can be a pint of lager at the pub, a glass of Pinot Noir at dinner, […]

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