Canadian Wine Clubs
The other day, I heard for perhaps the thousandth time in my life the following cliche: “Oh, X is like fine wine… it gets better with age”, where X usually refers to a person, self-conscious about the fact that none of us are getting any younger. This got me asking myself the following questions: does all fine wine improve with age? Do any poor quality wines also improve with age? Which wines - if any - are best drunk young and ...Read More
Apart from wine, how many foods or drinks can you name which come with their own sets of rules? Granted, there are a couple of local specialities here and there which tradition dictates must be consumed in a certain way (don’t get a Brit started on whether the milk comes before or after the water when making a cup of tea), but wine really does take the crown when it comes to supposed ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to drink. Read More
Life can be full of disappointments, but there’s no reason to add wine drinking to the already overcrowded list of little let-downs that plague us from day to day. Wine is by its very nature a mysterious thing, and until you’ve gotten home, popped that cork and poured yourself that first glass, there’s no real way of knowing exactly what you’re going to encounter. It might be an unforgettable thrill, it might be a new firm favourite, ...Read More
One of the things I love about wine is the fact that nothing about it seems to be black and white. Myriad shades of grey permeate every facet of this stunning, varied and fascinating drink, and affect the way it is produced - from grape growing to fermenting and bottling - and the way it is drunk and enjoyed, with every country and wine culture seemingly having their own variations and practices.
Like many of the previous grapes covered in this series, Syrah has French origins. Although sometimes thought to have ties to the Iranian city of Shiraz, DNA testing has proven otherwise; Syrah is the offspring of Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche, two grapes indigenous to southeastern France.
Here's the thing: Syrah and Shiraz are two sides of the same coin; a single grape variet ...Read More