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BLANC & FRANC

First published in the March 2014 issue of Culinaire Magazine, this story explores the misfortunes of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, two grapes with quality attributes who nonetheless live in the shadow of their respective Sauvignons.<< MORE >>

CUP A' GIUSEPPE

First appearing in Culinaire Magazine January/February 2014 issue, Cup a' Giuseppe looks at the evolution of coffee culture from the 1970s through today.<< MORE >>

VEUVE CLICQUOT... IT'S YELLOW

Maison Veuve Clicquot is yellow, not orange. This idea cannot be understated as it represents the entire philosophy that guides their approach: seeing the world differently, and bringing us along for the ride.<< MORE >>

HOLIDAY READING

Holiday wine ideas and some fun reading.<< MORE >>

THE BOTTLECRACKER

Edgyr hosts a grown-up party for his teenage friends while a dark-coated mysterious stranger arrives with an intriguing gift. << MORE >>

ZUCCARDI MALBEC: IRRIGATED TERROIR

Irrigation, you say, as part of the terroir? Euro-purists scoff at irrigation as a shortcut around more organic and dedicated moisture production and retention strategies, with the extreme position that "if it won't grow on its own, it shouldn't be growing at all". Sebastian Zuccardi holds that irrigation can contribute to the terroir expression of Mendoza Malbec and other wines. << MORE >>

CASS WINERY - WINES WITHOUT A STORY

Bryan Cass does not seem to think there is much of a story to tell about the inception and success of Cass Winery in Paso Robles. But we know better.<< MORE >>

TEN DAYS OFF & TEN DAYS ON

I'm not a fan of wine porn. Lists of others' indulgences present as a demonstration of privilege that lacks relevance to any point. Nonetheless after the ten day mark, I had another ten days' worth of opportunity to catch up with wine-loving friends and colleagues.<< MORE >>

WINE AFTER THE ALBERTA FLOOD

With the extent and severity of damage to people's homes, businesses, property and livelihoods in the wake of the Alberta 2013 floods, it could seem a little insensitive to discuss salvage strategies on a luxury item like fine wine collections.<< MORE >>

COUNTY PINOT BLUES

Let Oregons be bygones, Carneros lacks finesse. Central O' has fruit to show but only wears the dress.
 Burgundy the beautiful gives me oxy-duress. Give me County Pinot 'cause it smells like Somewhereness. << MORE >>

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  1. BLANC & FRANC
    Thursday, March 20, 2014
  2. CUP A' GIUSEPPE
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  3. VEUVE CLICQUOT... IT'S YELLOW
    Friday, December 27, 2013
  4. HOLIDAY READING
    Friday, December 20, 2013
  5. THE BOTTLECRACKER
    Saturday, November 30, 2013
  6. ZUCCARDI MALBEC: IRRIGATED TERROIR
    Saturday, November 02, 2013
  7. CASS WINERY - WINES WITHOUT A STORY
    Sunday, September 08, 2013
  8. TEN DAYS OFF & TEN DAYS ON
    Friday, August 30, 2013
  9. WINE AFTER THE ALBERTA FLOOD
    Saturday, July 27, 2013
  10. COUNTY PINOT BLUES
    Saturday, June 15, 2013

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