• Big release, bigger wines

      Chicken and beef destined for tortillas As we creep deeper and deeper into late autumn days, with afternoons bereft of light and evenings full of chill, we begin to search for more than a pipkin of warmth. Wine can fill the void and it is no simple folderol that we seek. The bicameral brain on one lobe wants deep, earthy reds, dynamic and changeless, the other asks for bombs with damp fuses.

    • Piemonte’s Fall Favorites

      Piemonte in the fall… Um, the splendor. Piemonte is translated as the foot of the mountain. And, I’m going with the Italian version of how it’s written and pronounced for this blog story, to be more genuine with the location. This was an excellent lesson about geographical locations, when I visited Lisboa… Right, Lisboa… Different places, different languages, different pro ...

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  • Indigenous Italy

    … and Catarratto; the version we tried was dry, austere and a little bit funky. Image of Mt Etna looming over vineyards Vermentino, a white wine usually varietally labeled, is an expressive grape that grows in Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia; we tried a Sardinian version grown on minerally soil, with a rich creamy palate of chamomile. Cannonau…

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  • Searching truffles in Piedmont

    … deep it might be. The empress of all truffles, the white truffle, only grows in Northern part of Italy and rarely also appears in Tuscany and Abruzzo, as well as the Istrian coastal countries of Croatia (the biggest truffle was found there) and Slovenia. The dog and his master looking for truffle Truffles are fungi, growing under the ground near…

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  • Putting Piedmont Wine in Perspective

    … of the “classes” I’ve had have come from winemakers and local experts who love to share their knowledge, which brings me to Darryl Baldwin… I had the pleasure of spending some time with Darryl this summer in the Piedmont wine region of Italy sipping wine and soaking in his wealth of knowledge on Piedmont wine – the region, the history, the food and his…

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  • Augmenter la diversité plutôt que le panier moyen

    Au cours des dernières années, un des indicateurs que la SAQ a utilisé pour quantifier sa performance est le panier moyen, c’est-à-dire la facture moyenne pour un client pour une seule visite à la SAQ. Au cours des dernières années, celui-ci a augmenté régulièrement, passant de 41$ en 2010 à 46,19$ en 2014.

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  • Looking to the Future with Morrell Wine

    … I’m very pleased to announce my official move to The Morrell Wine group. I’ve been tasked with writing content, blogs, tasting notes and print materials for their website and catalogs. It’s an exciting move which presents amazing tasting opportunities and the ability to work with some of the most talented and intelligent people in the industry…

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  • Halloween, Wine and Ghost Stories

    ….” The Piedmont region of Italy where these castles are located is home to numerous DOCG and DOC wines. The main red grape varieties growing in the Piemonte region include: Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Other reds include Brachette, Freisa, Bonarda, Grignolino, Pelaverga, Vespolina, and Malvasia di Casorzo. White grape varieties include: Moscato…

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  • Pining for Piedmont

    … are the wines I’m tempted to buy while waiting for next year’s trip. You might like to consider them for reasons of your own – such as ‘training’ for one of our future trips! Castello di Neive is a perfect introduction to Barbaresco – charming, graceful and seductive. One of the few classy, twenty-dollar reds on the regular LCBO shelves. As with Pinot…

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  • The Three Big B's of Italy at SFWC

    … for their longevity, structure, acidity and food friendliness. Barolo and Barbaresco wines are both made 100% with the Nebbiolo grape. These northern Italian regions of Piedmont have a cooler climate, and the food of the region tends to be rich, so Nebbiolo pairs well with the cuisine. Minimum aging requirements for Barbaresco include 26 months in oak…

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  • 2013 Il Falchetto Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Hmm… smells...

    … 2013 Il Falchetto Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Hmm… smells almost carbonic? Small red berries, ripe peaches, and nectarines with the REDDEST flesh possible on the nose. Great mouthfeel on this wine. Hint of pepper on the attack, yielding to dried cranberries and dried cherries on the palate. Interesting! 4/5 bones $$ Brachetto 6% abv Brachetto d’Acqui (Piedmont), ITALY …

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  • Does Barbera get the respect it deserves?

    … a region that produces two wines as prestigious as Barolo and Barbaresco. Barbera always played the supporting role in Piedmont, being the wine of choice at the dinner table but the runner-up for prime vineyard space. In the end it’s all about economics: Why spend the money marketing a wine from a region that already has its claim to fame, especially…

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  • Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

    … 2008 – Veneto 2 Tenuta Sette Ponti – Oreno 2011 – Tuscany 3 Marisa Cuomo – Costa d’Amalfi Furore Fiorduva 2012 – Campania 4 Luciano Sandrone – Barolo Cannubi Boschis Luciano Sandrone 2010 – Piedmont 5 Argiolas – Turriga 2010 – Sardinia 6 Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia 2011 – Tuscany Casanova 7 of Blacks – Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2008…

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