Wine Terms: Learning the Liquid Lingo

By: The Drink Wine and Giggle Gals “To have a second language is to have a second soul.” Charlemagne For some time, it has been the collective goal of the Drink Wine and Giggle Gals to be able to order wine in the native tongues of the top wine-producing countries in the world. In our book Drink Wine and Giggle we have an activity called Learn the Lingo in which we explore a new language and surround ourselves with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of its home culture. Wine is the wellspring of Learn the Lingo because nothing captures […]

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Top 3 Wines for Bad Customer Service: More Magazine

Much as I try, I can’t get stuffy about wine. Anyone can match an expensive Bordeaux with filet mignon, but which wine do you drink when you’ve been on hold with customer service for an hour? There’s the rub. Here are my top wine picks for the most commonly terrible customer service experiences from my column in More Magazine. Got one to suggest?   D’arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007 Mclaren Vale, South Australia Big black bruiser with dark fruit, savoury bacon, dark spices and mint. Full-bodied and smooth. Big “bang” for your buck.  981183  $49.95  Score: 91/100.     Rosehall […]

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A Letter to My Readers about My Wine Reviews

Dear Reader, Whether or not you’ve been following the recent debate on quoting third-party wine reviews, you deserve to hear my thoughts on it in the interest of balance and fairness. To summarize, I’ve always been open and consistent in my manner of attribution, but I realize that it should change and I am doing that now, and my reviews are not influenced by whether or not wineries subscribe to my site. When I was approached by a fellow writer about how I quote other writers’ wine reviews, I didn’t realize that there was an issue since I had been […]

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Taste Canada: Wine, Food and Books

It was a spectacular evening celebrating Canadian wine, food and books at the Taste Canada awards November 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Here are some pictures of the event courtesy of Laura Berman, Greenfuse Photography I’ve posted a short video below with Alison Pryor, owner of Canada’s best culinary book store called the Cookbook Store in Toronto near Yorkville. You can find my first post about Taste Canada here. The food that evening was terrific … a full-on, dazzling display of culinary delights by a number of the country’s top chefs.     That’s Bonnie Stern above, the […]

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Celebrating Canadian Wine, Food + Writing – Taste Canada

Monday evening was a terrific celebration of Canadian food, wine and writing at Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards. According to Quill & Quire, the magazine for the Canadian publishing industry, the competition drew 73 book submissions this year, “a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.” Karen Gelbart, National Chair of Taste Canada, commenetd, “The selection and diversity of the publishing and the cuisine in this country are breathtaking. Our judges were in the unique position of spending time with each of these books — reading the narratives and studying the presentation — to finally decide […]

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Thanksgiving Wines: Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce

My latest column in Active Adult Magazine has lots of terrific wines for your Thanksgiving dinner, including pairings for roast turkey, stuffing or cranberry sauce. You can also find my tips for pairing Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey and wine in Reuters (second story), Kansas City Star, The Vancouver Province, The Star-Ledger, Contra Costa Times and The Star-Gazette. Let’s give thanks for all of these great bottles!

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Drinking and Wine Quotes Part 4: A Literary Laugh

Round three of these drinking and wine quotes is here. Dorothy Parker is standing at the open coffin of a writer who has recently passed away. A friend remarks, “Doesn’t he look wonderful?” “Why shouldn’t he?” Parker replied, “He hasn’t had a drink in three days.” “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” ― Frank Sinatra “After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things […]

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Taste Canada Announces Shortlist: Food & Wine Writing Awards

This news arrived this morning … can finally drop my cracker (cabernet) as it was under embargo until 2 pm for press distribution … FOR RELEASE: 1st August, 2012 Taste Canada: The Food Writing Awards 2012 Announcement of Short Lists Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 73 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 5 November, at the new Arcadian Court in Toronto. These Awards will recognize and celebrate superior writing […]

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Best Food (and Wine) Writing Story Collection

The editor of the annual anthology Best Food Writing got in touch yesterday to say that an excerpt from Unquenchable will be published in this year’s edition. The book collects the best food (and occasionally wine) writing of the year from magazines and books, such as Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential), Ruth Reichl (Gourmet Magazine), Gabrielle Hamilton (Blood, Bones & Butter), Frank Bruni (New York Times), Alan Richman (GQ), Madhur Jaffrey (Indian Cooking), and Colman Andrews (Saveur). It also includes food-related writing from “non-food” writers such as Calvin Trillin (New Yorker), Michael Lewis (Moneyball, Liar’s Poker) and Barbara Kingsolver (Poisonwood Bible). If […]

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