Category: italy

Pink Spritz: Bottega Introduces The Non-Alcoholic Spritz

Bottega Zero Rosé wine

You may recognize Bottega Prosecco bottles by their metallic covering.  They developed a non-alcoholic wine called Bottega Sparkling Life Rose, which is available at BC Liquor Stores for $9.79.  But you can use this non-alcoholic wine to also make a…

Book Review: VINO – The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine

VINO - The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine

The more you taste wine and learn about grapes, viticulture, and vinification methods, you will likely drift toward more wines that highlight terroir.  Author, Joe Campanale, with Joshua David Stein, take a deep dive into Italian wines from small artisan…

Being Certified Organic And Their Wines From Around the World

Fresco di Masi, Cono Sur, Haywire, and Faustino wine lineup

What do you know about certified organic wines?  Do you only have to not spray the grapes with synthetic pesticides and herbicides or is there more to it?  How do you know if a wine is made with organically grown…

A Video Interview with Villa Sandi at VanWineFest 2022

Simone Nalesso from Villa Sandi at VanWineFest 2022

During the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2022, in the International Festival Tasting room, part of the time I spent interviewing winery principals from BC and around the world.  The first person I interviewed was Simone Nalesso, Export Area Manager, from…

VanWineFest 2022: The Global Cru Seminar

The Global Cru flight of wines

While the term “Cru” is most often used for the French classification system, the “Cru” concept can apply to any vineyard or group of vineyards recognized for their superior quality. This seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival took us…

Celebrate Wine Excellence at Top Drop Vancouver May 10-11, 2022

Top Drop Vancouver

Have you ever heard of Top Drop Vancouver?  It is a festival where 40 hand-selected wineries from around the world come to Vancouver and pour their wines for you.  These wineries have to have a certain level of quality and…

Do You Have Your Tickets for the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2022?

VanWineFest 2022 logo

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is almost here.  The last time we had the Festival was two years ago and closed during our COVID crisis, but now it is back and runs from May 16-22.  One of the big attractions…

Attending a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Masterclass

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. masterclass

Today was the best way to start my first Trade Tasting for 2022; a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Masterclass led by wine writer, educator, judge and speaker Michaela Morris, DipWSET, VIA Certified Italian Wine Expert.  We had 8 Prosecco…