Wine

Complications of French wines

Photo: Burgundy's Laurent Drouhin “C’est compliqué!” With that phrase, wine writer and co-moderator Jon Bonné set the theme for the plenary session on French wine at the 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival. “It is complicated,” he repeated for his unilingual listeners. T ...

Sandra Oldfield offers sage advice

 Photo: Sandra Oldfield  (credit Chris Mason Stearns) More and more British Columbia wineries have stopped offering tastings. Some may have shut their wine shops entirely to further social distancing in this time of COVID-19. At the same time, most are offering free shipping within BC, and ...

Meyer wine is tribute for artist Gordon Smith

Photo: Vintner and art lover JAK Meyer Meyer Family Vineyards has the tradition of making a “tribute” Chardonnay each vintage, with $5,000 going to a cause associated with the honoree. Over the years, the choices have certainly been eclectic. They have ranged from Kenny McLean, a le ...

COVID-19 and BC wineries

Photo: Lorraine and Ted Kane of River Stone Estate Winery It is clear that the wine touring season that should have started in April in British Columbia will not happen. Most consumers are restricted to their homes in the fight to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is very dire n ...

40 Knots champions orange wine

Photo:  Brenda Hetman Craig and Layne Craig In recent years, more and more wineries have begun to release orange wines. The first examples I tasted struck me as a fad, and one that I hoped would soon die. The wines often had a tannic bitterness on the finish and favours that reminded me ...

Blue Mountain, fingers crossed, schedules harvest dinner

Photo: Blue Mountain's scenic vineyard Shortly after releasing these two wines, Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars also announced its harvest dinner is scheduled for August 29. At $145 a person, the dinner is already sold out. “With such uncertain times it is hard to know how our guests are ...

Can You Guess This Wine’s Price? (Video)

On Global Television’s Morning Show, we chat about whether you judge a bottle of wine by its label, or at least, by its price? Does an expensive wine guarantee you a better one? We play a fun game. The hosts taste two wines and try to guess which wine they think is more expensive of the two. I sh ...

Pairing Spicy Dishes & Wines with Vikram Vij and Sean Nelson

Introduction How sparkling wine spice up your menu? What complementary taste rule can you use to pair your food with wine? Which wines should you never pair with Indian food? Which red wine should be at the top of your list for pairing with spicy food? Does ambiance affect your wine tasting experie ...

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 21

You can access the 124 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your clos ...

How is the Coronavirus Impacting Wineries and Wine Lovers?

Introduction Should you hold firm to plans for travelling to wine regions in the near future? How are winery visits being impacted by the threat of COVID-19? Can you still attend major wine events during the coronavirus pandemic? How can you take advantage of online classes to continue to enjoy w ...