Tag: Tasting Notes

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…

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

I recently tasted some honey from a local Edmonton beekeeper using a Flow Hive. If you’re not familiar, the Flow Hive is a new type of beehive design that started making the rounds on social media about a year ago when the company launched its…

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Last fall, I did a blind tasting of some honey samples from local Edmonton beehives. I was asked to do so by Dustin Bajer, one of Edmonton’s beekeeping experts and fellow Food Council member, on behalf of the YEG Bees Honey Co-Op: a collection of local beekeepers…

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…

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…

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…

Weekday Wine: Rawson’s Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon

Weekday Wine: Rawson’s Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon

I would love to drink expensive wines all day, every day. But since I’m not independently wealthy, I have to seek out well-priced, good-value wines for those weekdays when I’m craving a decent glass but don’t have the money to spend on something really nice.…

Canadian Bubbly: The New Champagne?

Canadian Bubbly: The New Champagne?

One day Canada’s sparkling wines are going to rival those of Champagne. Maybe that day is already here. Okay, it’s not. Champagne is truly the finest sparkling wine in the world – but not every single bottle; some of it is totally overrated and, accordingly,…