‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season. Well, not that season. But it’s barbecue season and everyone in my neighbourhood is firing up the grill. There’s nothing quite like the classic burger, grilled to perfection and bursting with beefy goodness and flavour. There are also some excellent...
Killer Bordeaux and Halibut

Killer Bordeaux and Halibut

Elegant, sophisticated, complex, and age-worthy. Does that sound like a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc? Based on entry level examples from the Pays D’Oc or Marlborough, you’d think not. But the gorgeous 2015 Chateau Ferran from Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux shows Sauvignon...
Just another bottle of Malbec, or is it?

Just another bottle of Malbec, or is it?

I must confess, I am not a fan of Malbec. And I am unfortunately always willing to share my dislike with others, especially those who have an opposing opinion. So, there I am at my favorite wine store, talking to my favorite wine guy. He has a new wine for me to try....
It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Spring. Glorious spring. Begone the remnants of frost and the shackles of cold, as we welcome the sunshine, warmth, and fresh produce back into our homes and stomachs. Leaves on trees, gardens of blooming flowers and the grass beneath our feet are our reward for...
Rethinking Sauternes

Rethinking Sauternes

Sweet wines like Sauternes have arguably never been more misunderstood than they are today. Unfortunately, we’ve been programmed to think of Sauternes as a dessert wine. At restaurants, sweet wines are often listed on the dessert menu. They may not even be found on...
Oysters at The Clam

Oysters at The Clam

In my wine classes I often point out that acidity is the wine lover’s friend. A wine with crisp acidity pairs with many more foods than a lower acid wine because so many foods also contain an acid component. Acid in food makes a wine taste less acidic and in giving us...