Tag: wine

What does natural wine even mean?

What does natural wine even mean?

My latest story in Edify is a deep(er) dive on natural wines. I really wanted to dig into this topic further and explore what’s going on with natural wines in Edmonton particularly. I spoke with Erik Mercier of Juice Imports, Alberta’s first natural wine import 

Gazing into the Crystal Glass: 2021 Wine Trends

Gazing into the Crystal Glass: 2021 Wine Trends

It’s probably a dumb idea to make predictions about anything these days (says the woman who’s studying astrology), but I gave it a shot in my latest piece for Edify. I took a look at the wine trends I think we might see in 2021, 

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 

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