Sherry – A guide for keeping and serving

Sherry is one of the wine world’s under appreciated gems. Seen as old-fashioned or something cheap and sweet that your Gran drinks at Christmas, Sherry is passed by without a glimpse by many a wine-lover. A lot of the tentative approach can also be put down to lack of knowledge and understanding. There are differentContinue reading “Sherry – A guide for keeping and serving”

A day out at Denbies

My girlfriend took me out for a treat recently, and knowing my penchant for wine and vineyards whisked me away to our nearest winery. Denbies is a short walk from Dorking station, so unlike most wineries around the world, you don’t need a car or taxi which keeps the price down and more importantly allowedContinue reading “A day out at Denbies”

Verget – Macon Charnay and Pouilly Fuissé

Verget are a relatively fresh face on the wine scene in Burgundy having only been founded in 1990. They make a number of wines from various Burgundian appellations but I wanted to focus on two choices from the Mâconnais. This district is often a by-word for fair but slightly generic chardonnay, with the village appellationsContinue reading “Verget – Macon Charnay and Pouilly Fuissé”

The joy of buying wine – a bygone pleasure for most?

It is the reports from the CBC that British Columbia is thinking about allowing liquor sales in supermarkets that inspired me to turn the TV off and write. Many Canadians feel left behind more ‘progressive’ nations like the US and UK, that have had alcohol available in grocery stores. In those ‘progressive’ countries years ago,Continue reading “The joy of buying wine – a bygone pleasure for most?”

Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray 2009

Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray 2009 $29 (Spec) I tasted this one a long while ago and bought it for a store I was the buyer for at the time. On a visit to Firefly Fine Wines and Ales in Maple Ridge, BC to say hello to some old colleagues (and check out how the selectionContinue reading “Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray 2009”

Where’s my French Paradox?

My dreams of a healthy, cheese and wine filled life were dashed on the rocks of cholesterol and liver health yesterday, when my doctor broke the news that I drank too much and probably ate too much rich dairy produce. My usual, cheerful reliance on what is known as the “French Paradox” as I guzzleContinue reading “Where’s my French Paradox?”

Girard Petite Sirah 2010: A Vancouver Wine Festival re-visit

Girard Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) 2010 $45 (Spec) BC I tasted this delicious wine at the Vancouver International Wine Festival a month ago, and decided to buy a bottle before I left as I wasn’t sure if it was available outside the special festival wine store. As with any re-visits, whether new friends, wine orContinue reading “Girard Petite Sirah 2010: A Vancouver Wine Festival re-visit”

Does the world need another wine blog?

After blogging about beer for three years at The Beer Wrangler, I was often asked why beer and not wine? This might seem a strange question, but those who know me knew I was spending vast sums of money and much of my spare time (not much with a full time job and baby girl)Continue reading “Does the world need another wine blog?”

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