From Wayne Gretzky to Snoop Dogg: tasting celebrity wine

From Wayne Gretzky to Snoop Dogg: tasting celebrity wine

I just finished writing a story for Edify about celebrity wines. The story will be in the September issue; I’ll share the link here when it’s out. Celebrity wine was one of the first topics I wrote about way back when I started doing a 

It’s TIME to Evolve: tasting value Okanagan wine

It’s TIME to Evolve: tasting value Okanagan wine

A little while ago I had the opportunity to try a few Okanagan wines that are part of the portfolio under Encore Vineyards: TIME Winery, McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars. Encore was owned by the late Harry McWatters, one of the OG pioneers of BC’s 

What does natural wine even mean?

What does natural wine even mean?

My latest story in Edify is a deep(er) dive on natural wines. I really wanted to dig into this topic further and explore what’s going on with natural wines in Edmonton particularly. I spoke with Erik Mercier of Juice Imports, Alberta’s first natural wine import 

Taste testing Odessa Black: Ukraine’s hybrid grape varietal

Taste testing Odessa Black: Ukraine’s hybrid grape varietal

Tonight I’m enjoying a unique wine from Ukraine. That’s right, Ukraine. This is the first wine I’ve ever tried from this country, which has a pretty tiny wine industry. The winery, Kolonist, is new to the Alberta market. I had been tipped off about these 

Bone dry bubbly from Champagne

Bone dry bubbly from Champagne

We are already well into February and the New Year seems like it was a million years ago already, but I’ve been meaning to post about the lovely bottle of Grower Champagne that I drank to ring in the New Year: Baron-Fuenté Grande Réserve Brut.  If 

Gazing into the Crystal Glass: 2021 Wine Trends

Gazing into the Crystal Glass: 2021 Wine Trends

It’s probably a dumb idea to make predictions about anything these days (says the woman who’s studying astrology), but I gave it a shot in my latest piece for Edify. I took a look at the wine trends I think we might see in 2021, 

Toasting away 2020 with Grower Champagne

Toasting away 2020 with Grower Champagne

Just a quick post today, on this last day of 2020, to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope you are all raising a glass of something delicious tonight whilst wishing 2020 a very merry fuck you. I also wanted to share my 

Natural wine musings and review of an Austrian natural wine

Natural wine musings and review of an Austrian natural wine

I recently picked up a case of wine from Color de Vino. In the last few years, they’ve really honed in on the natural wine zeitgeist. I was interested in dipping my toe further into natural wine after finishing my last freelance wine story of 

Wine Review: traditional qvevri wine from Georgia

Wine Review: traditional qvevri wine from Georgia

I first learned about qvevri in Alice Feiring’s 2016 book For the Love of Wine. In this book, she recounts her experience visiting Georgia and discovering the wines from this region, many of which are made in qvevri – giant egg-shaped terracotta vessels that are 

Wine Review: new vintage of my Chianti house wine

Wine Review: new vintage of my Chianti house wine

I posted about this wine a few weeks ago, as I have enjoyed many bottles of the 2014 vintage of the Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva over the course of this year. It just switched over to a new vintage so I was curious to compare 

Wine Review: chuggable organic Cabernet Franc from the Okanagan

Wine Review: chuggable organic Cabernet Franc from the Okanagan

One of these days I really need to visit Summerhill Winery in person and meditate in their giant pyramid. Summerhill is one of the mainstays of the Okanagan Valley wine industry and a pioneer of organic viticulture in Canada. It’s also one of the most-visited, 

Wine Review: drinking pink wine in the winter

Wine Review: drinking pink wine in the winter

I remember a time when it was difficult, if not impossible, to find rosé in the winter. When I started working in a wine shop in the early 2000s, we’d get a few pink wines in the spring – more and more each year as