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June 27, 2018

Viticulture has been practiced in Austria since 700 BCE.  While the history is long, it is now that wine-growing in Austria is experiencing one of the most exciting times in the region. 

Sharing borders with no less than seven different countries Aus...

February 16, 2018

Sake - it is not just for Japanese restaurants!  Sake is one of the most versatile beverages around and while it may be made like beer, it is more similar to wine in how it can be enjoyed.  With many aromatic and flavour compounds Sake is complex, nuanced and varied....

Aligoté
A delicious grape from Burgundy!

Ask anyone around you to name a white grape variety from Bourgogne and chances are you’ll get the familiar answer of, Chardonnay. That’s no surprise! Many wine drinkers may not be familiar with other varieties, including Aligot...

June 15, 2017

One of the best things about a career in the wine and spirits industry is that there is always more to discover.   While Spain is a favourite and a specialty area of mine I was actually quite unfamiliar with the details and stories of the famed region of Priorat - one...

May 26, 2017

Into The Vineyard 2017

From May 7 – 10 a group of 12 wine and knowledge-hungry Albertans headed to BC Wine Country to taste and learn as much as possible about the quality wines created by our neighbours to the west.

Our group of 12 for the second annual trip was made up...