Drinking upscale for the holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, festive get-togethers, and of course, great meals. What we sip with our festive foods should be something that is a notch or two above the ordinary. This is a great opportunity to pull out those special or rare bottles you’ve been hanging […]

Canada’s best bubbly

Over a decade ago, a long-time colleague/friend of mine, well-known Canadian winemaker/consultant Peter Gamble, was hired by Gerry McConnell of Benjamin Bridge winery in Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley to create a world-class wine. He was given three years to complete the task. As it turns out, the Gaspereau Valley, a rural community located about 3 […]

Any time is bubbly time

What tickles your nose, dances on your palate and makes magic every time you sip it? That would be bubbly of course. Sparkling wine is made several different ways. The Champagne method involves a second fermentation in the same bottle. In the Charmat, tank or cuvée close method (all the same), the second fermentation takes […]