Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Kung Fu Girl + Riesling – rarely such unrelated words come together so well, at least in my mind.  Oh, and Charles Smith’s evidently.  Let’s talk about him first. Charles Smith, the father of several wine brands including Charles Smith Wines that features Kung Fu Girl Riesling, became a star winemaker after he proved himself…

Boneshaker, Red Racer, and Smashbomb Atomic IPA

Hop heads like hop bombs.  Obviously.  It also should be obvious that this post will be about beer. Let me backtrack a bit.  This wine blog mentions beer in its subtitle, but (gasp!) there have been no beer reviews so far.  Except for the one remote mention of an ale in an ale based mead. …

Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape – ’Neuf Said! ;-)

Off the bat, let me start by saying, at $40+ this kind of wine doesn’t come to my tasting glass and table too often.  This one landed there through extreme generosity of dear friends. (Thanks Darlene and Don!) Let me be clear: the price of the wine alone doesn’t inspire awe, but the 60 year…

Edelweiss, Swiss Wine, Chasselas – What?

This weekend leading up to the Oscars, if the first thing you think of when you hear Edelweiss is The Sound of Music movie, then let me start off by saying – there is no connection between the movie and this write-up. Except maybe for the Alps.  And that is a fairly remote one.  If…

No Merlot, I Beg You! – The Velvet Devil Merlot? Yes, Please!

Would it come as a surprise to you that Merlot is one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets?  It likely would.  Especially if you watched the movie Sideways.  Or at least have seen a clip where Miles, a neurotic lovable wine aficionado protests having Merlot so vehemently that Jack, Miles’ laid…

The Smokin’ Smoking Loon Zin

I’ll make this one short and sweet. It is about Smoking Loon Old Wine Zinfandel. It’s no secret that I love Zinfandel.  I’ve written about some of my happy encounters with various incarnations of this wine already. But many of you love it too. How do I know?  Several years ago, I featured this particular Zin in…

Pinot Grigio for Giulio (and other wine gift ideas)

Being well aware that it is mid-December, I still choose to write about Pinot Grigio. As the temperatures dip – and they dropped deep in my vicinity – we reach for heartier foods that pair better with heavier wines, predominantly reds. Even if we really want a white, we would be likely looking for weightier…

Traveling (for) Rioja and More

The late summer vacation mentioned in the previous post didn’t include traveling to Rioja, the most famous wine region in Spain. But it included a traveling bottle of Rioja wine. After spending a few days in Provence, the next leg of my summer vacation took me to the town of my birth, Novi Sad, for…

Thankful for … Rosés of Provence

Dear Blog, It’s been a while. But I have a good excuse and, better still, stories to tell that came out from the time away. Starting with today’s. This week, leading to the Canadian Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the source of the short hiatus, a late summer vacation that took me to Nice, France…

Gewurz/traminer – Puzzling Whichever Way You Slice It

When was the last time you had a glass of Gewurztraminer? Exactly! That’s why you have me, to suffer through all that wine tasting for you. 🙂 But if you decide to try it for yourself, for the first time or one more time, here are some things you may like to know. Starting with…

Vintage Port and Back Forty (Highland Blue)

A mention of port, one of the most famous fortified wines, brings to mind aromatic pleasure and silky nectar richness. Vintage port even more so — it is luxury incarnate. Back forty, on the other hand, speaks of back-breaking labour and hardship. Back forty, for those unaware, is ‘back side of a farm’, 40 acres…

Toast Canada with the Best Whisky in the World – Its Own

One would think that the best whisky in the world would not need to be put on sale. But that is just what happened in the weeks leading up to last year’s holiday season. The sales at the liquor stores had been arranged before the ‘best whisky of the year’ announcements were made, I’m sure….