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Borges A Sleeping Wine Giant?

The Douro is in northern Portugal and has achieved its fame, at least initially, through the production of Port wines. The Brits developed a mania…


Joana Mendes Cardia made the point that a luxury strategy consists of three elements; brand management, communication management, and product management.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

Croft Late Bottled Vintage Port

(TORONTO, ON) – Yes. I used to be like you. Port was an obscure type of wine best suited to old gentleman at the club…


A glimpse of the Douro Valley in Portugal is seen through a window of grape vines, on 8 September 2016.Photo by Robert Stephen during a sponsored trip to Portugal.

More Portuguese Bounty

(TORONTO, ON) – I am glad to have hopped on the Portuguese wine train early, before prices start to rise when Portugal is finally recognized…


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Can Cali Whites Deliver?

(TORONTO, ON) – Being a more or less diehard red wine drinker, with the exception of a Viognier or a German Riesling, I will still…


Georg J Riedel pours a decanted wine for tasting at The Chef's House in Toronto on 13 March 2017.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

To Decant or Not To Decant

(TORONTO, ON) – Perhaps this question is best left for wine geeks? I think not. Decanting a wine does affect its taste. In some cases…


Some of the cabernet sauvignon vines at Colchester Ridge Estate Vineyard are seen on 12 August 2012.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Israeli Wines Part 2

(TORONTO, ON) – As Passover approaches, get ready for a run on Israeli wines, assuming you can find any in your local LCBO. And if…


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Kendall -Jackson Hits Fast and Hard

(TORONTO, ON) – Most Canadian wine writers I know can’t make a living out of writing about wine. They pursue wine as their passion and…


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Israel And Wine Part 1

(TORONTO, ON) – I won’t repeat myself and say why the token releases of Israeli wine in Ontario? The Italians are the king of self…


A glimpse of the Douro Valley in Portugal is seen through a window of grape vines, on 8 September 2016.Photo by Robert Stephen during a sponsored trip to Portugal.

Best Wines of 2016 And Shame On Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) – The results are finally in. Portugal, its winemakers, and the consular officials in Canada and the EU are very serious about exposing…


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…