The Friday Files: News & Notes from Canada’s Wine Scene

It's no secret that Montreal is the wine drinker's mecca of Canada and competes pretty closely with New York and San Francisco for North American greats. The Globe and Mail presents: A votre santé! Seven Montreal hot spots to sip organic wines – and what to order there. Read with envy and plan your next visit.

In the Vancouver Sun, Anthony Gismondi breaks down the new tax and markup models the BCLDB plans to roll out for wine sales in BC and it appears disheartening for consumers and retailers alike. The proposed date all this is slated to begin? April Fools, of course.

Has food and wine pairing become overblown? In the Ottawa Citizen, Rod Phillips suggests so: Don't go overboard with wine and food pairing.

The Wall Street Journal rifles through the wine apps on the market and presents five that they think are worth seeking out.

Recently, in the Globe and Mail, Beppi Crosariol reviewed the very delicious Tawse Spark Riesling—you can pick it up from My Wine Canada here. His pick of the week was the Don Nuno Dry Oloroso from the great Spanish sherry house Lustau.

The National Post asks what wines pair best with Chinese food? I think it's less of a challenge than the writer suggests, but several sommeliers put forth great picks.

In Vanity Fair, some of America's top sommeliers review the new Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, Red Satin and White Silk. The wines don't exactly fare well.

 

Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Black Hoof. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.

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