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Dear Bacchus, June 22, 2012

Got your wines for Canada Day and summer get-togethers? Tomorrow's Vintages Release has some terrific bottles, including several under $15 that I scored 90+ points.  

Our new Google + Live Video Chats have gone bacterial on social media, spreading more quickly than simply going viral :) You can see the couple to the left is clearly enjoying one of the videos (though he ought to watch the one about how to hold a wine glass):

How do they price wine? Is a $50 bottle twice as good as a  $25 one? John Skinner, Painted Rock Winery

What are biodynamic wines? How are they different from organic? Healthier? Ann Sperling, Southbrook Vineyards

Shipping Canadian wine? Can we now buy wine directly from BC and elsewhere? Shirley-Ann George, Free My Grapes

I'll also be interviewing well-known actors, muscians, writers and tv personalities who have a passion for wine but don't make it. Is there someone you think I should interview? Please e-mail me.

This week's Best Wine Lists include Holly Bruns' Rose Rant and Gaby Israel's Best Cellar Wines from the June 23 Vintages Release. I've also thrown one in for my Top 10 Wines for +30 Degree Heat. Let me know if you have a list to share.

PS In the latest issue of Occasions Magazine we discuss why Canadian wines deserve more attention.


Wines of the Week
There's a zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a rich, full-bodied California Chardonnay in this release for white wine lovers. If you prefer red, try the Chilean Syrah or Italian Barolo. Like to straddle the middle? Try the lovely and refreshing roses from BC and Provence. Here are all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines here ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
For Canada Day, try this recipe for Grilled Steak Sandwich with melting Canadian Harvarti Cheese paired with mouth-watering Canadian riesling ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
I suggested two terrific red wines in the Ottawa Citizen for Father's Day, but they make for great gifts throughout the summer for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries ... More »

John Skinner of Painted Rock Winery shares his strategies for how he priced his wines and what the price of wine does for market positioning.


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