The best sauvignon blancs from the Wine Access 2012 International Value Wine Awards
Full competition results from the Wine Access 2012 International Value Wine Awards are available here.
A how-to guide to shucking and preparing oysters at home
From the West Coast’s kumamoto oysters to malpeques from Prince Edward Island, oysters are grown, and eaten, across Canada. Often enjoyed raw, served on the half shell, even the most adventurous oyster lovers typically save their experience for restaurants or at one of the many outdoor festivals touting the joys of this sea creature.
The founder of Villa Maria Estate reflects on 50 years of business
In 1961, George Fistonich leased two hectares from his father in Aukland, New Zealand. With just under half a hectare of vines, he started making wine under the name Villa Maria.
Adventure and wine collide in New Zealand
Sitting in the restaurant in the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland is quite an experience. You can sip a nice selection of both North and South island wines, while eating local cuisine including Kumara chips, made from indigenous sweet potatoes favoured by the Maoris. Out the window is a view of the ocean, but you can also see ample evidence of the surrounding volcanoes, not currently erupting, but always looming.
Pair these root vegetable fritters and lime cilantro dip with a crisp sauvignon blanc for a delicious midweek meal in minutes.
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Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are the stars of this small wine-producing country
The best sauvignon blancs at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards
The best sauvignon blancs from the Wine Access 2011 International Value Wine Awards
A dinner at Blink with Marlborough winemaker Beth Forrest
In July I caught up with Beth Forrest, the second generation winemaker at Forrest, a premium producer and one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand, at Blink in Calgary. Beth is a charming and direct woman who didn’t seem to have too much B.S. about her. She had come into town a few days beforehand to enjoy the Calgary Stampede, and was mixing a little work into her visit to Calgary.
Canadian superstar Sarah McLachlan loves New Zealand sauvignon blanc
Canadian superstar Sarah McLachlan released Laws of Illusion, her first album of new material in seven years, on June 15, 2010. The album draws inspiration from her life experiences — marriage, separation and children — in the period since 2003's Afterglow.