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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 

Astrology of January 2021: monthly overview

Astrology of January 2021: monthly overview

Initially I intended to post an overview of the astrology for all 12 months of the year. However, the word count on that post hit over 6000 (and counting) and I decided it would be way more digestible to break it down into single month 

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 

Astrology of 2021: general annual overview

Astrology of 2021: general annual overview

The astrology of 2021 is better than 2020 – it’s hard to top the huge events that happened this year – but there are still some major challenges and disruptions ahead. 2021’s dominant space weather centres around the ingress of Jupiter and Saturn into Aquarius. 

Hello, my name is Mel and I study astrology

Hello, my name is Mel and I study astrology

For the past several years I have been quietly studying astrology. My interest in the subject started back when I was a kid. I don’t remember exactly when I learned about astrology first, but it would have been in a book. I was an avid 

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 

Forget Beaujolais Nouveau – try a Cru Beaujolais wine instead

Forget Beaujolais Nouveau – try a Cru Beaujolais wine instead

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day and I’m not going to drink any. Instead, I’m going to enjoy a lovely Cru Beaujolais, which is one of the most underrated (and therefore greatest values) in the French wine industry.  My latest story for Edify explores Beaujolais in 

Pros and cons of virtual wine tastings

Pros and cons of virtual wine tastings

I’ve been thinking a lot about virtual wine tastings lately, ever since attending one last week. (Write-up here.) There are pros and cons of these which I want to dig into a bit more. A few places around Edmonton have started doing virtual tastings during 

Celebrating Tempranillo Day with a virtual cooking class and wine tasting

Celebrating Tempranillo Day with a virtual cooking class and wine tasting

Happy International Tempranillo Day! I love a good Tempranillo, especially from Rioja, so I was delighted to be invited to a virtual Rioja wine tasting and cooking class hosted by Get Cooking.  This was my first virtual wine tasting. A few places in Edmonton have