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Wine All The Time

California sipping

As much as I enjoy tasting different wines, I also love talking with people in the wine business. Last week, in Santa Monica California, I attended a get-together where Tony Princiotta was pouring his wines.

Another brick in the wall

Recently, Colio Estate Wines, which has a kiosk in Pino’s Supermarket on Trunk Road, introduced their new “ Bricklayer’s ” line of wines.

The whites

Last column, I wrote about the red wines available in the “Vintages Essential” collection at the Bay Street store in the Station Mall, and so this week it is time to check out the whites; of course, the Great Northern Road store will have

Down by the bay

I have to admit, there’s a little bit of madness involved in the pursuit of wine, and it is certainly an indication of our affluence as a society that we can indulge ourselves in the hunt for better and better wines, often at higher and higher


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”

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.