A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 768: The Farm and other tastings

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Kelly Mason, The Farm’s winemaker (who also makes wine at Domaine Queylus and Honsberger)

On August 9th I went to The Farm’s open house when they sell Kelly Mason’s wines. I tasted her portfolio with her. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 767: Sandbanks Winery, Prince Edward County

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In February, Arterra purchased Sandbanks Winery, the company’s first venture into Prince Edward County.

The press release reads:

Sandbanks Winery was founded in 2001 by Catherine Langlois and was one of the first wineries established in Prince Edward County. Catherine began by planting Baco Noir, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vidal Blanc, Geisenheim and Marechal Foch. This has since earned the winery a loyal following and Canadian accolades for its full-bodied reds (Baco Noir) and crisp whites (Riesling).

Arterra was kind enough to send me the following nine samples from a portfolio of twenty-five Sandbanks wines. Continue reading

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Sake Sipping by Tod Stewart

This is a guest article by Tod Stewart.

Availing oneself to a comprehensive selection of top-flight sake in Canada can, at times, be tricky, and lately it’s been somewhat more so. However, as an increasing number of wine and spirit agents jump on the home delivery bandwagon (and I really hope this becomes a significant and growing side effect of the whole pandemic fallout), getting hard-to-find bottles delivered directly to you is becoming increasingly easy. Some pretty awesome examples have shown up on my doorstep as of late, including these: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 766: Chilean Webinar

Wednesday, July 29th: At 2 pm a webinar on Chilean wines moderated by John Szabo MS, with panelists Viviana Navarrete, chief winemaker, Viña Leyda; Matías Cruzat, chief winemaker, 1865; and Gabriel Mustakis, chief winemaker for San Pedro Fine Wines. Continue reading

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Summer Spirits by Tod Stewart

This is a guest article by Tod Stewart.

Adapting to the new not normal has meant (among other things) adapting to the concept that the home bar is now the only bar (though as I write this, things are gradually changing). But this doesn’t mean that you are limited in variety in any way. There are loads of fabulous wines, spirits, beers, ciders, and all other tipples more difficult to categorize out there to discover. Also, with home delivery becoming the rule rather than the exception, an increasing number of wine and spirit agents (and now even restaurants) are more than willing to bring their wares to you. Here are a few of the palate pleasers from the spirits department I’ve sampled lately. Continue reading

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