Tag: wine

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 

Wine Review: candy powder Crémant from Luxembourg

Wine Review: candy powder Crémant from Luxembourg

I visited Luxembourg in 2004 because my Contiki bus tour stopped there for lunch. I don’t remember much about it, except for seeing medieval castles on cliffs overhead. I was 19 at the time (hence the Contiki tour) and had only just started working in a 

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 & 

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 

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 

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 

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