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 

Backyard beekeeping in Edmonton

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: Matt and I took an urban beekeeping course at 

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 

Food writing in Avenue Edmonton

Food writing in Avenue Edmonton

I’ve done a number of pieces for Avenue Edmonton magazine in recent months, though I just realized I haven’t shared them here. I was pretty happy to connect with Avenue shortly after leaving Vue, and that they were willing to bring me on to do 

In praise of chain grocers and frozen French fries

In praise of chain grocers and frozen French fries

Speak in favour of one thing and everyone will automatically assume you’re against its opposite. It’s a tempting but flawed logical leap that happens all the time in the food community. I’m sure it’s not unique to food, but this is where I’ve noticed it 

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 

Eating Haida Gwaii: Green Gaia

Eating Haida Gwaii: Green Gaia

The soup was great, but the community values were outstanding. We knew we’d have to stop in as soon as we discovered there was a place in Masset describing itself as an organic vegetarian cafe – more or less the diet we’ve adopted in recent