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Dear Dionysus, June 8, 2012

There are some terrific bottles in this week's wine picks for Father's Day gifts and manly, open-flame barbecues next Sunday.  

As Canadian wine lovers, we have another reason to celebrate: a private member's bill that makes it legal to ship or carry wine across provincial borders was passed unanimously by our MPs this week. 

If you love BC, NS or Quebec wine, you're one step closer to being able to buy it from a winery and have it shipped directly to you (and vice versa). Finally, the end of Prohibition: I'll drink to that!  

Here's my take on the issue that aired on 
Global TV News today across the country, plus some fun with a wine showdown between Ontario and BC: which one is better?

I've also been making mischief with my Top 10 Wine Lists for Grumpy Old MenCagey Cougars (catty, oh yes) and Seductive Wine Names.

If you're the designated wine expert among your friends, you can create a wine list for each wine release and e-mail it to them. It takes less than 5 minutes to click-pick your favourites.

In the next issue of this newsletter, I'll share with you the winner of the Best Wine List of the Week with big points given for humour and sarcasm. So put your tongue firmly in your cheek and have fun with it!

PS Want tips on finding bargain wines? Lots in the latest issue of Smart Money Magazine.

Wines of the Week
There's a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc in this release that will bring your lime refreshment for $14.95 (89 points) and a voluptuous Californian Chardonnay rated 91 points that will soothe your senses. A Malbec from South Africa over-delivers in the red wines along with a French Syrah. See all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines here ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
We've got two spectacular grilled recipes for Father's Day and the rest of the summer for you this week. The first is a juicy recipe for Grilled Steak with Arugula, Tomato and Balsamic Vinaigrette from chef and caterer Tracey Black. The second is a tender, mouth-watering Grilled Pork with Peach and Feta -- here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Two of our terrific contributors have profiled some lesser-known wine regions and styles in their blog posts this week. Susan Desjardins looks at Nova Scotia wines while Gaby Israel selects his best cellar wines from tomorrow's Vintages Release More »

In other Global News, we talked about the terrific value wines from the Niagara region on the Morning Show.


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