Wine

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Finding the best food and drink pairings at the Fringe is a finely honed skill that I’ve developed over the past 12 years of spending way too much time on the Fringe grounds during marathon review sessions. This year I took on a much more […]

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

There’s a sea change happening in Italian wine: more and more producers are returning to the 500+ native grape varieties found in Italy alone. No other country can claim such a sheer diversity of grapes. Consider that 90 percent of French wine comes from only […]

Alberta wine goes international

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 […]

If I have to write another rosé wine article I’m going to scream

If I have to write another rosé wine article I’m going to scream

I’ve written about a dozen articles on rosé wine. For years it was one of the most dependable signs of spring. Forget robins or daffodils: when I found myself sitting down to write yet another story about pink wine, I knew summer was just around […]

How to taste wine and influence people

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 […]

You look like a Tempranillo to me

You look like a Tempranillo to me

I’m sure I’m not the only writer who looks back on their past work and shudders. Fortunately for me, everything I wrote as a fledgling writer has disappeared from the internet (along with everything else that was published by SEE Magazine). I still have copies […]

Alberta Cottage Wine & Mead Directory

Alberta Cottage Wine & Mead Directory

The following is a listing of Alberta’s current cottage wineries. Alberta introduced the cottage winery licence (Class E) in 2005 as a value-add proposition to diversify existing agricultural operations, such as U-pick fruit farms (which often barely break even). Initially there were minimum production requirements […]

Book review: Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th edition

Book review: Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th edition

If there’s one book I recommend all wine enthusiasts possess—no matter their level of knowledge or interest in wine—it’s the Oxford Companion to Wine (OCW). Yes, it’s an encyclopedia: bloody heavy and astonishingly comprehensive. It’s also fun to read, despite what you might expect from […]

Vancouver Island wine & spirits

Vancouver Island wine & spirits

The thing about being an editor for an alt weekly paper while maintaining a full-time day job is that it’s really difficult – okay, almost impossible – to get enough ahead on your writing that you can break free of the weekly article grind and […]

Is Edmonton’s Wine Industry Lazy & Entitled? (Northern Lands Fest)

Is Edmonton’s Wine Industry Lazy & Entitled? (Northern Lands Fest)

I knew it would piss off a lot of people. My most recent cover story in Vue was about the Northern Lands Canadian Wine Festival, which is a super exciting event happening this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. (I’ll definitely be posting […]