Tag: Wine

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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Moving wine’s spotlight around

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Moving wine’s spotlight around

Many countries and cultures have developed successful wine industries. Some are very old and others are quite new, and many of them make wildly different expressions of wine. That said, they also share many things. They all shepherd the natural process of fermentation. They all create a drink that speaks of a time and a […]

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Venerable Viognier

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Venerable Viognier

A dog-eared book, an old sweater, or, even a glass of wine poured more out of habit than pleasure are all familiar things. Unfortunately, while familiarity is certainly comforting and reassuring, it rarely exceeds expectations. The prevalence of certain too-familiar wine grapes and their common styles can send palates running in the direction of something […]

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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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