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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…

The French Influence on the Southern Hemisphere

French Influence in Southern Hemisphere Wines

Winemaking has been around for hundreds of years.  We are very familiar with wines coming from Europe, in particular France, where we talk about Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.  We typically call Europe the “Old World” wine region, while wines made…

2 Vegan-Friendly, Wild Ferment Wines from Yalumba in Australia

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2020 and Organic Shiraz 2019

Do you look for vegan wines? They are becoming more common. I have two vegan-friendly wines for you from Yalumba in Australia. I tasted their Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2019 and Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2020. Both are single varietal…

Pewsey Vale Vineyard’s Eden Valley Single Vineyard Estate Riesling 2020 on International Riesling Day

Pewsey Vale Vineyard Eden Valley Single Vineyard Estate Riesling 2020

What a delightful Riesling to enjoy today for International Riesling Day. I opened the Pewsey Vale Vineyard‘s Eden Valley Single Vineyard Estate Riesling 2020 from Australia. Pewsey Vale Vineyard’s love affair with Riesling started in 1847 when it was the…

Canadian Wine Trends 2021: New World and Old World Wine Interest

Old World vs New World wines

This is my third article reviewing Canadian Wine Trends that happened over 2021.  My first two articles covered 1) Canadian interest in red and white varietal wines and 2) Canadian interest in wine styles, like sparkling and rosé wine.  In…

Cornucopia 2021 Drink Seminar: Riding the Cool-Climate Wave: Australia’s Rathbone Wine Group

Australia’s Rathbone Wine Group at Cornucopia 2021

No cute animal wine labels on these wines from Australia.  I attended the Cool-Climate Wave at Cornucopia featuring the wines of Yering Station and Xanadu by the Rathbone Wine Group. Rathbone’s Douglas Elliott leads this guided tasting of select wines…

G’Day Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Oxford Landing

Oxford Landing Chardonnay, 2020 and Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

Have you heard of the Oxford Landing winery in Australia?  I did review their Pinot Grigio and Syrah earlier this summer. The winery posed this question and answer about themselves: What do you get when you combine a Mediterranean climate,…

Say G’Day to A Pinot Grigio and Shiraz from Australia’s Oxford Landing

Oxford Landing Pinot Grigio 2020 and Syrah 2018

Oxford Landing is a winery located along the Murray River in South Australia’s Riverland. It has a long history, started in 1958 by Wyndham Hill-Smith (a past winemaker at Yalumba) where he was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in…

Quick Review: Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019

International Viognier Day with Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019

Friday, April 30, 2021, was International Viognier Day so I opened a bottle of Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019. According to International Viognier Day, “Viognier is a textural white wine that originated in the historic appellation of Condrieu in…