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Wine Gifts to Go at Pour

Pour, that Upper West Side wine store I hear so much about, has a full selection of wine related gifts ready for those time and idea-strapped people this Christmas.
Among them, the “Let it Snow Stocking Stuffer” includes a bottle of Montepulciano, a pourer, a spill ring and a cork retriever and sells for $25, the […]

A Taste of Argentina: Two Wines from Patagonia

This was originally going to be one of those quick and dirty reviews. Two Argentinean wines, a snack provided by Chef Tim (that would be Tim Ellison, one of our favourite local sommeliers and co-founder of the BC Wine Appreciation Society), followed by a fast dash through the Cambie Liquor store to stock up on […]

New Releases from British Columbia’s Morning Bay Vineyard

Last week was the Vancouver launch of Morning Bay’s new releases – including four wines made from 100% estate grapes grown on their seven-acre vineyard on Pender Island, British Columbia.  Owners Keith Watt and Barbara Reid (pictured) have been producing wines since 2002, but until the 2006 release they relied on grapes from the southern […]

Harvest Report 2007: A Look at Sonoma County

Last week, representatives from the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Tourism Bureau converged on New York City to update the media and trade on the 2007 harvest.
In a rare opportunity, wine grapes had been flown in for the occasion, giving participants the chance to taste several different varieties. All of […]

What’s in a Name? Another New AVA Proposed in CA

As Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name? Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet?” Or, more to the point, would a wine labeled by any other AVA still smell (and taste) as wonderful?
An AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a delimited, geographic region used to designate wine regions within the United States. […]

New Standards for British Columbia’s Wine Industry

Although there’s been little fanfare, British Columbia’s wine industry has a new set of standards and regulations. Thanks to a provincial law passed on July 18, 2007, and named the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation, these new standards come under the umbrella of the BC Wine Authority (BCWA) which will implement the newly enacted regulations […]

A Tour of the Connecticut Vineyards

Recently, on a beautiful early summer Saturday, it was way too nice to stay home and it really felt like a vacation day. In order to roll with that holiday-like feeling, I thought, what could be better than hanging out at a vineyard and drinking wine all day? So my friends and I decided to visit  […]

Your what hurts?

No word of a lie[1], here’s the conversation from my wine shop:
Me: What would you recommend for a grin ache?
Store person: Alleve.
Me: No, really, I have to write a post about it. I’d like something local…
Store person stares at me.
Girlfriend laughs at me.
Store person (to girlfriend): Is he drunk? Are you ok? Should I call […]

Building a Vineyard on dreams and sweat

Living in Minnesota has its rewards; a brief but beautiful summertime, numerous lakes, rivers and streams, gorgeous open plains and dense forests, fresh air and a high quality of life. It’s becoming more known for its restaurants and food scene, and gets either high praise or dubious press over the local professional sports teams.
One thing […]

Wine Behind The Art - Labels

Looking for something fun to do while you are escaping the summer heat in your local wine shop or supermarket?  Stroll down the wine aisle and check out the fun wine labels that wineries are now using.  Some of them are just too cool!  I have spent numerous hours reading and viewing these wine labels.  […]