Alberta wine goes international

Spirit Hills just put Alberta’s cottage wine industry on the world stage. Or on the Japanese stage, at least. The southern Alberta honey winery just became the province’s first cottage winery to export its products internationally. In a press release yesterday, Spirit Hills stated that its wines will be available in high-end department stores, five-star... Continue Reading →

Theatre review: The Bone Wars

The tap-dancing T-Rex is worth the price of admission alone. Because, honestly, how can you not find that delightful? Delightful is an apt word to describe The Bone Wars: The Curse of the Pathological Palaeontologists, the newest show from Punctuate! Theatre, written by Matthew Mackenzie. I’ve long been a fan of MacKenzie’s work, with Sia... Continue Reading →

Backyard beekeeping in Edmonton

I'm officially a beekeeper! The bees arrived from New Zealand today and Matt and I installed them this afternoon. For those who just want to watch a video of us installing our package of bees, here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSEie3h4kt4 Matt and I took an urban beekeeping course at the John Jantzen Nature Centre last October, taught by... Continue Reading →

Cats, kids and cafes

Yesterday I found out that the Cat Cafe on Whyte doesn’t allow children under 10. A friend took her 7-year-old son there, only to be turned away at the door. He was pretty devastated, of course – they live in a small apartment and can’t have pets, so he was really looking forward to seeing... Continue Reading →

Theatre review: 9 Parts of Desire

It’s strange and deeply uncomfortable to burst into tears during a theatre performance. It’s also wonderfully cathartic. After all, isn’t that the whole point of art: to make you feel things so deeply, to empathize with the material to the point that the pain and grief and everything else on display become your own? Admittedly... Continue Reading →

How to taste wine and influence people

People ask me fairly regularly how I learned about wine and how they might go about learning more themselves. Proper tasting method is often at the top of their list of wine skills to master, and I agree that following a standard tasting protocol is a good way to start amping up your personal wine... Continue Reading →

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