May
22

Globalism, Localism, Romanticism and the Future of Hospitality

Much has been written in the past two months about the future of the hospitality industry, the future of the wine industry, the end of hospitality as we know it,

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Mar
7

Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2014

Few wines achieve simultaneous complexity and elegance. Wines like this are the most profound in the world – power alone is insufficient without the drinkability of elegance and the aromatic

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Feb
28

Meursault Through the Modern Lens

The stereotype of Meursault – rich, nutty, honeyed – is dead. Modern Meursault is just as nervy, sometimes moreso, as its neighbours in Puligny and Chassagne. Indeed, certain plots of

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Nov
23

Recent Drinks

I’ve been drinking a fair amount of wine outside of the confines of the Languedoc-Roussillon spotlight lately, and surprisingly quite  a few New World wines. I thought it was worth

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Apr
21

A Brief Update from Portugal

With my flight being cancelled due to volcanic ash, we decided to head to the much cheaper realm of Portugal to wait out the crisis. More specifically I am spending

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Jan
18

Wine for Haiti

A highly respected U.S. Wine Magazine is holding a fundraising event for Haiti that involves donating a bottle of wine to auction. From their website: “Brother, can you spare a

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Dec
12

Domaine Weinbach Cuvée St. Catherine Pinot Gris 2005

First off, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape in different languages. However, the linguistic divide also tends to represent a stylistic divide, with the French Pinot Gris

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Nov
2

Word on the Street: Vancouver City Council is Stupid

The buzz online and on the street now is that Vancouver City Council has decided to go back on their by-law proposal to institute a 50-50 law that would have

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Oct
23

Fairness? Who Needs Fairness?: Vancouver’s New Liquor By-Laws

The City of Vancouver took aim at the heart of Vancouver’s restaurant industry two weeks ago with the introduction of by-law amendments that could have the effect of putting numerous

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Oct
18

The 1st YVR Wine Bloggers and Sommeliers Public Tasting

This little group I’m involved in – The YVR Wine Bloggers and Sommeliers – is hosting our first public event on Tuesday, November 10th at Scott Landon Antiques (2349 Granville

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