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Selected wine notes for November 2014

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International interest in the red wines of Umbria has been growing, largely due to the rising profile of its indigenous grape Sagrantino. The limited plantings of this highly tannic grape…

Spottswoode dinner and tasting

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Beth Novak Milliken, the owner and president of Spottswoode Family Estate Winery. The occasion was a small dinner at L’Avenue Bistro, hosted by…

Three faces of Sauvignon Blanc

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Sauvignon Blanc is such an interesting grape. While there is a very recognizable core character to wines made from it, there are a number of styles of wine that have…

A Year in the Vineyard: Video

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In this video we follow the year-long management of a vineyard, Rosewood Estate on the Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Canada. In the winter we learn how vines are pruned in…

Tourtière for Christmas

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The first time I made tourtière on my own, I was 24 years old, away from home at Christmas for the first time in my life, and incredibly homesick. You…