Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Last fall, I did a blind tasting of some honey samples from local Edmonton beehives. I was asked to do so by Dustin Bajer, one of Edmonton's beekeeping experts and fellow Food Council member, on behalf of the YEG Bees Honey Co-Op: a collection of local beekeepers who pool their honey together and sell it at markets.... 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 →

Mega Purple? Mega No Thanks.

It was a shocking shade of purple and there was no way it was natural. Ever seen a wine that seemed to defy the laws of nature? Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon is one of them. It's not a wine I would ever purchase - not after seeing its ridiculous marketing campaign at the recent Rocky Mountain... Continue Reading →

Canadian Bubbly: The New Champagne?

One day Canada's sparkling wines are going to rival those of Champagne. Maybe that day is already here. Okay, it's not. Champagne is truly the finest sparkling wine in the world - but not every single bottle; some of it is totally overrated and, accordingly, overpriced. Canadian bubblies, however, are quite modestly priced - especially... Continue Reading →

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