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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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Feb
27

Giacomo Fenocchio “Bussia” Barolo 2011

Barolo is a wine I buy regularly. For the quality it may be the best value truly apex terroir-driven red left in Europe. In contrast, my drinking habits for Barolo

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Feb
15

Sandlands Mataro San Benito County 2015

Sandlands is one of my favourite boutique projects in California. Started by Turley Winemaker Tegan Passalacqua as a passion-project to showcase and support California’s heritage vineyards (mostly those planted on

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Feb
6

Palacio de Fefinanes ‘1583’ Albarino de Fefinanes 2016

Palacio de Fefinanes is among the top produces of Albarino in Rias Baixas. They have been a mainstay go-to producer for me for at least a decade. With the ‘1583’

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Feb
3

Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2014

There is a new world of Chilean wine just starting to make its way into Canada – a movement influenced by the naturalists and small producers seeking site expression in

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Jan
8

Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2013

In my view Rhys is one of the most exciting wineries in the United States. Unlike the vanity-projects of many other Silicon Valley millionaires, owner Kevin Harvey is clearly dedicated

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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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Nov
14

Of Proteus and Chardonnay

Chardonnay is somewhat like a faceless man – it takes on character of site and cellar with uncanny ease. There may be no core essence to Chardonnay but it holds