Year: 2013 Archives

Becoming a Better Taster

I often get asked how to become a better wine taster. I say that it’s like learning to play a musical instrument. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s all about practice. Getting...

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The Aging of Wine

Contrary to popular belief, not all wine is age-worthy or gets better with age. Some are meant for the short haul and need to be consumed young. Others definitely require or benefit...

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Blind Tasting Benefits

Having taught wine appreciation for well over three decades, I’ve found that, once the technique of tasting is grasped, the best way to learn how to become better at it is through...

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Make-Your-Own Wine Shops

I often get asked about those make-your-own wine shops and if they’re any good. You know the ones I mean. You pick the style or varietal you want made and have some...

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Napa Valley

I just returned from a short book tour to California supporting my newly released novel “Pinot Envy”. After an event in the town of Napa, my publisher and I managed to work...

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A Drunken Job?

When many people hear that certain folks are in the wine business, they automatically think their life is but a party and they’re loaded all the time. There’s no question that the...

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Stemless Wine Glasses

Ever use stemless wine glasses that look like short tumblers you’d drink water or juice out of? Although more stable when partying or sipping outdoors, I’m not sure they’re great for wine...

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Cleanliness of Wine

We as humans live with our eyes, especially when it comes to food or drink. If you don’t like what you see or the product is not visually appealing, chances are you...

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Unfiltered Wine

Wine is usually filtered before bottling to remove any solids particles or sediment. This renders the wine visibly clear. Sometimes winemakers will decide to not filter a red wine feeling that filtration...

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Emerging Ont. Wine Region

There’s a new wine region immerging in Ontario, presently known as “Ontario’s South Coast”. This region sits south of Lake Ontario, running west along the north shore of Lake Erie, between Stoney...

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