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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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 765: Lakeside Cellars, BC

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I received the following wines from Lakeside Cellars in Osoyoos, BC: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 764: A Whole Lot of Tasting Going On

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Rotari Brut 2014 (Trentino, Vintages #15679, $19.75)
(80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, made in the classical method.) Pale straw colour; active mousse; toasty, apple and lemon bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour with a honeyed note and crisp, citrus finish. Great length. (91) BB Continue reading

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