Tag: American Wine

The Shiraz Effect

The Shiraz Effect

I’m so fucking sick of Malbec. I’ve been fucking sick of Malbec for a while now; in fact I published the original version of “The Shiraz Effect” on my old blog back in 2010. As it turns out, five years later the Malbec craze is…

Mega Purple? Mega No Thanks.

Mega Purple? Mega No Thanks.

It was a shocking shade of purple and there was no way it was natural. Ever seen a wine that seemed to defy the laws of nature? Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon is one of them. It’s not a wine I would ever purchase – not after…

Christmas Wine Tasting at Color de Vino

Christmas Wine Tasting at Color de Vino

I attended a tasting at Color de Vino this past Tuesday, one of the first done by this new Edmonton wine shop. (If you haven’t been, go visit them right away – it’s a wonderful shop run by lovely people, with tons of interesting, well-priced…

Benziger & Biodynamics

Benziger & Biodynamics

A ram’s horn filled with manure and buried under the full moon: it sounds like some kind of archaic ritual, but it’s actually a practice carried out by thousands of contemporary winemakers. Biodynamics is essentially organic agriculture with an esoteric twist. It is based on…

Wine Movie Reviews: from Sideways to SOMM

Wine Movie Reviews: from Sideways to SOMM

I’ve been marathoning wine movies over the last couple weeks and decided to write some capsule reviews of the better-known ones for this week’s Vue column. Here are the expanded versions: Sideways (I just wrote an in-depth post comparing the movie and book versions of…