Wine review: stinky Portuguese red from Luis Pato in Bairrada

Wine review: stinky Portuguese red from Luis Pato in Bairrada

Luís Pato – or “The Duck Guy” as I’ve come to think of him – is a solid Portuguese producer from Bairrada. He has been on the forefront of championing Portugal’s native grapes, like Baga, and focusing on quality over quantity. (Baga is a high-yielding 

Edmonton wine lists in the COVID era

Edmonton wine lists in the COVID era

My latest wine story in the newly-minted Edify Magazine talks about the changes that local restaurants are making in light of the massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 lockdown/shutdown and subsequent restrictive re-opening. Scroll down for the link. The TL;DR is that restaurants all benefited 

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

I remember the first time I tried bubbly red wine: I was super weirded out. It was a sparkling Australian Shiraz and while I can’t remember the producer (this was over 15 years ago), I recall it was quite sweet and extremely fruity. I didn’t 

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

I had a story in Avenue Edmonton magazine recently that I’ve been meaning to share here: an inside look at the Citadel sippy! I took a break from seeing theatre for most of 2018 and early 2019 due to being pregnant/having a baby. When I 

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 

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 

Alberta Fruit Wine & Mead: Complete Winery Listing

Alberta Fruit Wine & Mead: Complete Winery Listing

Last updated: November 19, 2020 The following is an alphabetical listing of Alberta’s producers of fruit wine and mead (honey wine). Scroll down to the bottom for details about Alberta’s cottage winery history and legislation. Barr Estate Winery Barr Estate was founded in 2010 by