’09 Foxtrot Vineyards Pinot Noir

Wandering through Color de Vino I noticed this bottle of Foxtrot on their shelves and remembered reading a few articles about their minimalist cult-ish outfit (read: no tasting room) and figured I would give them a go. Plus John Schreiner, *the* authority on Canadian wine, regularly boasts about them. From the Naramata bench, this is... Continue Reading →

’14 LA Frenz Reserve Chardonnay 

Lately I've been having some difficulty reconciling the price of Canadian wine versus, say, Spain or Chile. Or Argentina. Or even villages-class France. We make some great stuff, no doubt, but it is often overpriced because of antiquated cross-border transport rules. However there are some exceptions where price is irrelevant and quality shines through. This... Continue Reading →

’14 Thornhaven Brooklyn’s Blend

Having tasted a true to style Sauv Blanc the other night, we go with a much different variety - a Sauv Blanc/Chardonnay(!) blend - for Christmas Eve. While uncommon, this white works very well when paired with food. The reason for this is that it presents neither the extreme herbacous or bell pepper notes of a... Continue Reading →

Bench Creek Brewing Black Spruce Porter

Wholly exhausted of clove/nutmeg/Christmas ornament flavored beers, I thought a more run of the mill porter would do the trick during our tri-annual cleaning of the coffee maker  - you basically toss polident into the reservoir and let it cook itself. Back to the beer, the name lends itself somewhat to the festive season anyway, so... Continue Reading →

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