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Jul
15

Paris in Photos

Too big to succumb to tourism. Too historic to allow crass culture to dominate. Filled with mind-numbing visitors, grumpy locals, air pollution, and way too much traffic, there is still

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May
24

Reflections on Mid-2000’s Burgundy

The inimitable Pinot Noirs of Burgundy require regular revisiting. The typical comments about Burgundy’s unevenness misconstrue why the region is always among the best in the world for terroir-driven wine.

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Mar
1

Vancouver International Wine Festival Tasting Room Selections 2018

The annual Vancouver International Wine Festival is here. I had an opportunity for an advanced look at the wines being poured on the festival floor for the next three days.

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Jan
2

Paradigm Shift: The State of the Canadian Liquor Industry 2018

I have been quite neglectful at updating this website over the past month. I have good reason, however. In December, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada heard argument in R.

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Dec
18

Eating and Drinking in Ottawa and Toronto: 2017

I am back from an inspiring and ambitious trip to Ottawa to argue R. v. Comeau on behalf of small BC Wineries and then Toronto for some R&R and a

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Dec
3

Off to the Supreme Court of Canada for Canadian Wine

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I have been very busy working on a huge case for the industry. Next week I am off to the Supreme Court

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Jul
2

An Amphitheatre of Elegance in Chianti Classico: Monteraponi

Chianti Classico has the capacity for great terroir-driven wines. There is huge variability among the region’s hills and valleys, forests and fields, heat and chill. Soil types include schist, clay,

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Jun
9

The New Spain Emerging

My previous article on Priorat explained the context of the Spain most of us have come to know, derived from the globalized influence of a limited number of palates seeking

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Jun
1

Priorat: Globalization, Terroir, and The New Wines of Spain

A contradiction lies deep in the heart of wine’s globalization. The standard narrative is that globalization leads to homogenization of wine style and increasing monopolization of distribution. The counter-narrative has

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May
1

Checking in on Wine Price Gouging at the British Columbia LDB

I thought the time was right to check in on the ever-increasing prices of wine in British Columbia. This is a small update to my article from August, 2015 to