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Tasting Eastern European Wines
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Tasting Eastern European Wines

Ever since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., satellite states of the “union” have been struggling to expand their export markets beyond Russia that replaced the collapsed state. Georgia, due to political reasons, lost the lucrative Russian market, as did Moldova. Hungary had the vision to export to Western Europe and […]

New Zealand Wine Fest
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Tasting New Zealand Wines

New Zealand’s North- and South Islands produce wines in Otago, Marlborough, Nelson are notable regions on teh South Island. The North Island’s somewhat warmer than Marlborough most notable region is Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels is somewhat warmer than the region on average and the soil composition more suitable […]

Wines Unexpected Value
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Wines that Deliver Unexpected Value

I taste an average 5000 wine a year from myriad regions both obscure and famous at the L.C.B.O’s tasting laboratory and numerous portfolio tastings organized by agencies. Lately Greek, Portuguese, southern Italian, and Languedoc and Roussillon (France) started delivering fine wines at reasonable cost, often better value than more famous […]

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Canary Islands Produce Fine Wines

This group of seven islands of which Lanzarota, La Palma, Gran Canary, El Hierro, La Gomera boast 10 appellations on their 10 000 hectares of vineyards. Their wines were famous for their flavour and sweetness in Shakespearean England. Europe’s highest vineyards are located on the slopes of El Feide (an […]

Mexico’s Wine Industry
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Origins of mineral rich wines

Wine writers use words like “mineral, minerality, mineral rich” in their descriptions, but few explain where minerals in wine originate. Mount Etna, Sicily, the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, Pompeii, and Herculaneum near Mount Vesuvius are famous for their volcanic soils. They are the result of volcanic eruptions […]

Modern Tuscan wines
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Modern Tuscan wines

A few decades ago wine stores everywhere offered a few Tuscan wines, most ebbing Chianti, in bulky straw-covered bottles. They were weak in colour, offered little in flavour, and faded away in a year or two since both red and white grapes were used to make the wine. At the […]

Fortified wines for your festive celebrations
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Fortified wines for your festive celebrations

In the last decade, fortified wines (ports, sherries, Madeiras, and marsala) have lost their popularity with many consumers. Some fear their high alcohol content (anywhere from 17 to 21 per cent ABV), others avoid residual sugar. Yet, it must be said that fortified wines have their unmistakeable place in gastronomy […]

Ontario’s Sparkling Wines.
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Ontario’s Sparkling Wines.

Sparkling wines are wonderfully diverse, always cracked open for joyous occasions. Yet they can be enjoyed all the time and for everything in life, including a successful day at work, when you are depressed, or feel good about a deed, or even after purchasing something you always wanted, but afforded […]