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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 & 

Wine Review: soul-warming Xinomavro from Naoussa in Greece

Wine Review: soul-warming Xinomavro from Naoussa in Greece

Happy Xinomavro Day! Yesterday, that is – I’m a day late on this.  Greek wines are fantastic and often very overlooked in this part of the world – which is why they can often be excellent values. Xinomavro is one of the main red grapes 

Wine Review: cough syrup or Portuguese red? YOU DECIDE

Wine Review: cough syrup or Portuguese red? YOU DECIDE

As we hunkered down on the couch last night to watch an old episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the 17th time, my husband and I decided to have a glass of red wine. We pulled the cork on a bottle of Feuerheerd’s “Anchor 

Wine Review: extremely mediocre tawny port from Croft in Douro

Wine Review: extremely mediocre tawny port from Croft in Douro

Without fail, as soon as the nighttime temperatures start edging below zero, I get a hankering for port. Tawny port, that is – this wine is absolutely synonymous with fall and winter: warming and savoury, something to be sipped in the dark evenings as the 

Wine Review: sultry red from Coto de Imaz in Rioja that is quickly becoming a new fave

Wine Review: sultry red from Coto de Imaz in Rioja that is quickly becoming a new fave

Rioja wines are awesome and this one is no exception. Rioja ranks at the top of my fave wine regions, alongside Chianti Classico and Bordeaux. It’s one of the wines wines I reach for out of habit, when I can’t decide on anything else or 

Wine review: I can’t stop drinking this delicious red from Gabbiano in Chianti

Wine review: I can’t stop drinking this delicious red from Gabbiano in Chianti

Let me show you what I’ve been drinking for the past eight months: I discovered this wine shortly after the COVID pandemic ramped up in March 2020. Since then, I have drank dozens of bottles of it. I’m not exaggerating. This became our house wine 

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 

Local Edmonton food incubators: story in Edify

Local Edmonton food incubators: story in Edify

One of my recent stories was just published on the newly-launched Edify website. It’s a piece about local food incubators/collectives, featuring interviews with Kirsta Franke of The Public and Chris Lerohl of Uproot Food Collective. Here’s the link. This story was over a year in 

2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

Over the seven years that we’ve lived in our current home, we’ve transformed the backyard into a robust urban garden. We moved here in August 2013 and left things as they were for the first year. In 2015, we built a fence to enclose the 

Resuming life

Resuming life

I tried to write this post dozens of times over the last few months. The farthest I got was a couple of stream-of-consciousness notes on my phone, thumb-tapped out when the mood struck. Nothing complete ever came out of it. I’ve been doing a lot 

Cancelling life

Cancelling life

I’m sharing in the collective upwelling of grief in Edmonton this morning with the news that the 2020 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival has been cancelled. The news was not surprising – after the Edinburgh Fringe announced its own cancellation, I knew our Fringe was