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Wine All The Time

Weekend wine: Rioja

Spain produces many top-rate wines in many styles and many regions, but the wine most readily associated with that nation is Rioja (Ree-O-Ha).

Weekend wine Niagara, China, Wine and... beer

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Lailey Vijneyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake had been sold to Chinese interests.

Weekend wine What a Crime!

The wine world is no stranger to crime, whether; it be fraud, larceny, or major vandalism.

News and Observations

This past Canada Day I visited Union Jack Brewery on Queen near Gore Street for their Grand Opening. At the moment, you can only purchase their beer in “Growlers” –that is, dark, half-gallon glass jugs.

A Swell Party

Last weekend’s ‘Saultlicious’ was a great success, thanks to a considerable effort on the part of the organizing committee led by Mary Ledlow ofVinnaissance, the participation of many volunteers, and delicious food and fine wine pro

Summer Sipping

Summer. Believe it or not, it looks like the weather is finally accepting that, yes, Virginia, there is a summer, and now we can contentedly contemplate what to enjoy when we are relaxing on our patios and decks.


With wine, finding a couple worth comparing is as easy as falling off a log…as long as you don’t spill, I guess. With the May 16 and 30 Vintages releases there are many interesting possibilities that invite our exploration.

First Families

“I think we’ve met before…D’Artagnan?” Etienne Hugel liked my mustache. I like his wines. Last month I attended the Primum Familiae Vini wine tasting in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum.


“Nebbia”, the Italian word for ‘fog’, has given a form of its name, Nebbiolo, to the great red grape of the Piedmont area in the north of Italy.

My Fault!

A recent article on by Master of Wine Natasha Hughes dealt with the issue of faults or flaws that sometimes show up in wine.