Oct
27

La Paulée Dinner 2019 – Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival and Hawksworth Restaurant hosted the innaugural La Paulée dinner last week. The wine festival has, historically, been a place where new and newish consumers come to

Oct
5

German Wines in Berlin

Berlin is one of the great, historic, tragic, hopeful, and inspiring cities in the world. I recently visited the city for work, but had a bit of time to look

Jul
10

A Few Thoughts On the Oregon Wine Trail

What is intellectual pleasure in wine? For a professional, is there pressure to intellectualize wine? For a consumer, is there inertia to sensualize wine? The present mantra is to democratize

Feb
10

The Best Small Wine Programs in Vancouver

Two years ago I wrote an article listing my choices for the best wine programs in Vancouver. I was looking for the very best lists in the city. In that

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

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.

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.

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.

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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