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Earth-Friendly Wine

Yes, believe it or not, there is such a thing, though I’ll admit, it was news to me.  French Rabbit’s Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are made from grapes that are grown on sustainably farmed vineyards in Southern France. 
The wine comes in lightweight, recyclable containers that create a staggering 90% less waste than […]

I hate rosé

I admit that I can be a snob when it comes to rosé. I hate them and don’t mind telling people I hate them. They’re for new wine drinkers, who will, by the grace of God, realize that Syrah rules the wine world!.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit heavy handed. But I really don’t care for […]

Top Rosés From a Vin De Pays Tasting

In the UK a trade paper organises a most excellent competition to discover the top 100 Vin De Pays wines. Judged by some of the most familar names in the UK-wine journo field some 1,115 wines were submitted to this years tasting. The winners included a section for rosés; with the following results:
Best Rosé of […]

Rosé… You don’t have to drink up the red wine…

Apologies to Sting and the Police…
Another Great Grape Day, another wine I don’t usually drink.
We hear from our wonderful litre….err.. leader middle of the month, letting us know what we have to look forward to, and look forward we do. Well, I do. Can’t speak for the others.
When I heard our mission this month was […]

Drink the Pink

Summer’s come early this year, it seems, so you may be in the market for something a little “cooler” to go with your evening meal. Rosé is an excellent choice. They’ve got a little more “oomph” than many whites, so you can use them with any number of foods, but they’re still very refreshing when […]

Discover Rosé Wines This Summer

1967 was the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.  So I’m declaring the summer of 2007 as the “Summer to Love Rosé.”  Perhaps we can even have a theme song.  Maybe AC/DC can re-issue one of their famous songs as Whole Lotta Rosé.
O.K., enough AC/DC Rosé wine fun.  What is Rosé?.  Why is […]

Think Pink: Rose Wine Tasting Aids Breast Cancer Research


It’s not often we get the chance to taste wine and support cancer research at the same time. I’ve lost almost half my family to cancer, Frank’s lost several friends. So when we saw one of Vancouver’s premier restaurants was hosting a four-course, “Think Pink” rosé wine and food pairing dinner throughout the month of […]

Tasting one hundred rosés

OK, I’ll admit it from the start I really didn’t taste 100 rosés for Great Grape Day but I did have the opportunity.
This week is the London International Wine & Spirit Fair and there is a special stand dedicated to the top 100 rosés as judged by a group of distinguished wine trade people. The […]

Re-thinking the Pink for Great Grape Day

My experiences with sparkling wines have been limited, admittedly. There was the one from my youth of a bottle of pink bubbly that tasted like fizzy koolaid that made my eyes water and my teeth hurt.
It did nothing to quench my thirst, instead it gave me a wary and unnecessary adversion to ever wanting to […]

Making Champagne Pink

I hate the term “pink Champagne,” because pink is a fluffy, fun color and to me, Champagne — for all its festive overtones — represents serious sipping.
“Champagne rosé“  sounds much more sophisticated and is, of course, the only true form of  “pink champagne.”  Accept no imitations.
Yet there are, unfortunately, other ways to make champagne pink. One that […]