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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…


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…