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Wine all the time


Last column we took a look at the famous grapes from France, grapes that are now known and grown everywhere; aside from Germany’s Riesling, it is France’s grapes that dominate the world of wine.


One might presume that when we are writing about wine that ‘grapes’ would be a given, but a conversation last week with a person new to wine prompted me to reconsider, and to take a little time to write about the grapes that make the wine

Picking and choosing

Picking and Choosing Earlier this week, I read an on-line article in the Wine Spectator by noted writer, Matt Kramer, who identified the characteristic that best described the kinds of wines he sought out for his cellar as “particularity”

Calling all Cupids!

Next Friday is Valentine’s Day, and of course, along with chocolates and flowers, wine can play a prominent part in the celebrations.

Back in the Balkans

Continuing with my Balkan “state of mind,” I’ve drifted over to Serbia, having been introduced to some wines from the Aleksandrovic winery.


Macedonia! I am always interested in trying wines that I have never before experienced, and no doubt, there are thousands and thousands of them out there.

Growing Grapes in Mendocino

Back in April, I had the good fortune to have lunch in Toronto with David Koball, Vineyard Director for Fetzer-Bonterra Vineyards which are situated in Mendocino County, California just above the Sonoma and Napa valleys.


When it comes to wine, no region holds “pride of place” more than Bordeaux.

Bordeaux again?

While the last article laid out some of the basics about Bordeaux, I am re-visiting the area this weekend, as next week’s Vintages release spotlights Bordeaux once again.

1400 Bottles of Wine... and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire burned over 3 square miles of the centre of the city, with the cause of the fire, at least in legend, being laid at the hoof of Mrs.