Articles by Robert Stephen (CSW)



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La Crema Sonoma Coast 2015 Pinot Noir

(TORONTO, ON) – We have reviewed a couple of Chardonnay vintages from La Crema and they have scored very well. Considering their quality, they are…



The opening scene from the film 1945. Guilt and shame overtake a small Hungarian town after the Second World War. The film screened at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on 4 May 2017.Screenshot from trailer.

1945 A Haunting Film

(TORONTO, ON) – This black and white Hungarian film opened the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 4. The film 1945 has a definite connection…



Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Vietnam’s Reunification Palace

(HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM) – Boomers familiar with the Vietnam War will certainly get that down-memory-lane feeling when they visit the Reunification Palace in…


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Is Vietnam For You?

(HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM) – I have a slight problem in that I am not you. And, not knowing your preferences, I can only…


The plush Douro Valley of Portugal.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

Warming Up For Port Wine Day 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – I do not wish to pat myself on the back but this is this the third year in succession I have been…


Te-Awa Winery

Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

(TORONTO, ON) – Yes, another free sample was delivered to my door today. Dylan the Westie is a mere 20 pounds, but barks up a…