Bottoms Up: Wine terms you should know

Here are some wine terms you may encounter on labels or in your wine tasting. Old Vines Occasionally a wine label will state that the wine within is made from old vines. Sometimes it’s right in the wine’s name like Old Vine Zinfandel. What up with that? After grape vines reach a certain age they […]

Bottoms Up: News from around the wine world

By now you’ve probably heard all the talk about interprovincial wine shopping in Canada. Or should I say ‘non-interprovincial’ wine shopping! An obscure 1928 Prohibition-era law presently makes it illegal for consumers to transport even a single bottle of alcohol across provincial boundaries. How archaic you say? Darn right! The original idea of this law […]

Bottoms Up: Remy Pannier celebrates 200 years

Happy Birthday dear Remy Pannier! Happy Birthday to you! After a certain age, birthday celebrations lose their appeal for many. However, when you’re celebrating a 200th, it’s a huge cause for elation. Such is the case with Remy Pannier who this year celebrates 200 years of winemaking in France’s Loire Valley. The Loire is France’s […]

Bottoms Up: Malbec & Torrontes are hot, hot, hot!

What’s hotter than Charlie Sheen’s wild escapades since the departure from his hit TV show? That would be Malbec and Torrontes. Both are flagship, varietal wines from Argentina, one of the top five producers of wine by volume in the world. Malbec is one of the traditional red grapes used in France, but rarely is […]