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...

April 24, 2017

Recently Luis Pato came to visit us, all the way from Bairrada, Portugal. Sadly I was not able to attend the entire tasting.  Lucky for us, Dianna Funnell from Sherbrooke was there and allowed me to re-post her musings on the day.  

Pato is an iconic producer with...

April 4, 2017

One of the best known rum producers in Alberta has got to be Appleton Estate.  Now owned by Campari the distillery has been in action since 1749.  In a favoured spot on the island of Jamaica the region receives daily rainfall which is ideal for their 4000 ha of sugarca...

March 23, 2017

Sherry and Manzanilla come the far southwest corner of Spain.  Closer to Africa than to Madrid, the Jerez region is Spain’s oldest winegrowing region.  The names Jerez and Sherry can be traced to ‘Sherish’ the name for the Phoenician city three thousand years ago.  The...

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