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Dear Bacchus, August 2, 2013

Just in time for your long weekend are some terrific wines in tomorrow's wine picks, including robust Californian and French reds, Italian pinot grigio and a great German white for Asian and spicy dishes.

Get the text shopping list showing stock for all 79 wines I've recommended at your closest liquor stores.

You can also look at the reviews for the August 17 wines, including some remarkable New Zealand pinot noir and Chilean syrah.

I've recently updated the details on how I review wines if you'd like to know what my scores mean, how I choose wines to taste, and why food pairing is important.

There are now more than 70 wine videos in a searchable library that cover everything from how to choose wine from a restaurant list to what defines a biodynamic wine.

The video to the left is part two of our chat with Norm Hardie, the Gold Medal winner for Canada's Best Wine with Pizza, and the people's choice champion for his wine, Joe Hache.

Enjoy your long weekend,

Wines of the Week
Here are all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines. More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
This recipe for Grilled Canadian Feta Skewers is a great appetizer or side with grilled meats for your long weekend. Pair it with the smoky white and red wines I've recommended for August 3. Here's the recipe ...  More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Contributor Mark Cochrane (pictured left) of Ottawa is also a graduate of the Algonquin Sommelier Program. Check out his reviews, along with those of the fastest growing and most passionate community of wine bloggers in the country. 

In the fascinating video chat below Dr. Antonia Mantonakis reveals why a celebrity athletes' particular sport affects our perception of the wines they make or endorse. Think Mike Weir, Wayne Gretzky, Ernie Els, Greg Norman ... it’s not what you’d expect.

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