How to find any wine (or beer or spirits) in Alberta

How to find any wine (or beer or spirits) in Alberta

I often get asked where people can find the wines that I write about. There’s actually a really simple, quick answer: go to Liquor Connect and search for the one you want. Liquor Connect is a website (and an app) by Alberta Gaming, Liquor & 

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 

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 

Digging through the archives: Edmonton’s liquor history

Digging through the archives: Edmonton’s liquor history

A couple weeks ago I holed up in Edmonton’s municipal archives to see what I could dig up on the city’s booze history. It culminated in this week’s Vue Weekly cover: an annotated timeline of newspaper headlines of local liquor history, spanning the last several 

Cocktail Recipe: Alberta Premium Rye Whisky Smash

Cocktail Recipe: Alberta Premium Rye Whisky Smash

It looks like any of those other cheap bottles of whisky commonly lurking within your uncle/dad/grandpa’s liquor cabinet. Until very recently I completely overlooked Alberta Premium, assuming it was no different from Canadian Club, Gibson’s, Seagram’s, Royal Reserve, Crown Royal and the legion of other 

Edmonton’s 2014 Food Year in Review & Predictions for 2015

Edmonton’s 2014 Food Year in Review & Predictions for 2015

You’ve seen enough annual year in review lists; here’s one more. I put together a collection of food trends over the past year, concentrated on local Edmonton stuff but with an eye to the greater food world. There’s also some predictions for this new year: 

Wine Cocktails & Poor Man’s Sangria

Wine Cocktails & Poor Man’s Sangria

This is almost a moot point, but as long as the warmth sticks around town it’s still appropriate to drink wine cocktails. Not that you can’t drink sangria or mimosas on the coldest winter day, of course, but one of my personal signs of fall