What to drink and why this Burgundian producer is so special
I had the chance to sit down with Luc Bouchard of Maison et Domaines Henriot, which owns the well-known Burgundy house of Bouchard Père et Fils. Bouchard Père et Fils was started in 1731 and purchased in 1995 by the Henriot group, but it remains a family-owned business driven by quality.
Wine regions in the New World and Old World that are worth the trip
In September 2010, I realized my dream of visiting Madeira, Portugal. Since entering the wine industry and discovering the region, I have been captivated by its wine, geography and history — it was wonderful to finally see it in person. I plan to return soon, for a wine trip and a vacation.
Beware of wines that are not really organic or environmentally-friendly
I used to be a skeptic when it came to organic wines. I couldn’t taste the difference between organic and non-organic, and drinking organic usually meant spending a few more dollars for the privilege.
Tasting a selection of Bruichladdich whiskies
I don’t always drink wine. Sometimes I get a little tired of it and need something different to refresh the palate. I drink beer from time to time, but I don’t drink pop anymore — which somewhat limits my spirit options. I’m not judging anyone, but I don’t feel comfortable walking into a restaurant and asking for 2 ounces of vodka neat.
Visiting Caves São João, Quinta do Encontro and the Aliança Underground Museum
We began our second and final day in Barraida with a trip to Caves São João, which is named after St. John. It was a spectacular December day and compared to the temperatures back home (between -10 and -20 C,) the 8-10 C in Barraida was a welcome change.
Exploring one of Portugal's lesser-known wine regions
On my most recent trip to Portugal, I was absolutely stoked to participate in a brief side trip to a wine region of my choice. I was asked to rank my preferences among the Douro, Vinho Verde, Bairrada and Dão.
The pros and cons of corks and screwcaps
Most people only think about the cork in a bottle of wine when there is something wrong with it. The dreaded “it’s corked” comment, which frequently encompasses a range flaws that may not be the fault of the cork, often comes up. When the cork works well, we barely think about it.
A new way to purchase wine for your collection
Most markets in Canada see some form of wine auction — usually, a charity auction. These auctions are typically held to raise money for a charitable foundation or cause and rely on donations from private citizens, wineries and importers.