Uncorked!

An elegantly dress table awaited journalists at The Chef's House, part of George Brown College, in Toronto.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

A Riedel Experience

(TORONTO, ON) – So many times and so many places I have been served wine in thick, clumsy, and entirely inappropriate stemware. And, in some…



Israeli-vineyard

Reliable Israeli Wines

(TORONTO, ON) – Although the modern Israeli wine industry is just that, we can comfortably say they many of these wineries are reliable in terms…


Robert Stephen's tasting notes booklet from Port Wine Day 2016 in Porto, Portugal.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Port Wine Day 2016

(PORTO, PORTUGAL) – Comparisons are odious, but suicide bombers must die to meet their seven virgins. However, if you attend Port Wine Day as a…


The terraced vineyards of Quinta S Luiz overlook the Duoro River in Portugal.Photo by Robert Stephen.

An Intimate Look At The Douro

(PESO DE REGUA, PORTUGAL) – I arrive in a bus with 50 journalists in the small town Peso de Régua, which is about two hours…


Overlooking the Douro River in Old Porto, Portugal.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Lunch With A Legend

(PORTO, PORTUGAL) – So. I have just finished attending Port Wine Day 2016 in Porto and it’s been a gruelling one, going some 48 hours…


CREW barrel oak wine

Three From CREW

It’s been too long since these lips savoured some of CREW’s wines. Lake Erie North Shore wines are rarely featured by the LCBO in its…



The Odeon of Herod Atticus at the Acropolis of Athens is sen in this file photo from 28 August 2016.Photo by Neil Shalapata.

Greek Triplets To End 2016

(TORONTO, ON) – Greek wines are elusive. There are so few available to the Ontario wine drinking public. It is a bit difficult to arrive…


Espuña Tapas Essentials cured meats, from Olot, Spain, are now available in Canada.Photo courtesy of Espuña Cured Meats.

A Surprising Wine Pairing

(TORONTO, ON) – Espuña’s background dates back to 1947 when Esteve Espuña began producing sausages, using traditional recipes, in his farmhouse near Olot, Spain. Espuña…