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Steve Kriais (L) and Christina Boutari were on hand at the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto for a Boutari tasting hosted by the Koloniki Group, in October 2016.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

Boutari Storms Toronto

(TORONTO, ON) – Boutari is a dynamic, moderate sized winery with some six locations spread throughout Greece. It is represented in both Ontario and Quebec…


The owner of the Postigo Do Carvão inOporto, Portugal, Alexandre Osório.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Oporto’s Postigo Do Carvão

(OPORTO, PORTUGAL) – My home away from home. I am never afraid to try all sorts of restaurants but, when it comes down to it,…


The author was a guest at Port Wine Day 2016 in Oporto, Portugal, in Spetember 2016.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Wine Tourism Essex County

(PORTO, PORTUGAL) – I will readily admit that the EU has taken very good care of me in the past couple of years. Flying me…


Vivino, reportedly the world's largest wine rating app, is reviewed by wine critic Robert Stephen at Port Wine Day in Porto, Portugal.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Apps Spell Doom For Wine Critics

(PORTO, PORTUGAL) – The advice I have given over the years is largely to ignore the wine critic reviews and drink what you like. This…


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Reds And Whites From Portugal

(TORONTO, ON) – Portugal is the master of Port, a top contender for red wines from all its regions but, as for white wines, they…


More Good Stuff From The Douro

(TORONTO, ON) – I usually write about wines that are available on LCBO shelves. Occasionally I will review wines that are available from LCBO agents…


Quinta Do Noval Decadence

(PINHAO, PORTUGAL) – Quinta do Noval is a top level wine producer in the Douro Valley in Portugal. Their Cedro do Noval 2013 is purplish…



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Righetti Vs Righetti

(TORONTO, ON) – Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso is souped up Valpolicella because it is fermented over the pumice of the semi dried grapes that are…


Quinta Do Estanho

Quinta Do Estanho Struts A Couple

By Robert K Stephen (CSW) (TORONTO, ON) – Being an unpaid internet journalist I really do cherish samples that may be sent my way. A…