1. Top Wine Picks! Toasting Prince, The Purple One

    Top Wine Picks! Toasting Prince, The Purple One

    Dearly beloved… we are gathered here to get through this thing called wine.

    Sacrilege, I know, to tweak Prince lyrics like that. But I only do it out of complete reverence for the late musical icon/genius, who died last week at age 57.

    And while Prince didn’t drink, many of us have certainly raised a glass in his memory over the past week, or simply enjoyed sipping on something while one of his records plays in the background.

    Here are a few wines that make me think of the Purple One…...

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  2. Wine 101 — Wine, Weather and Song

    Wine 101 — Wine, Weather and Song

    Like many, my taste preferences when it comes to wine change with the weather. On hotter days I prefer white, pink or sparkling wine, while on cooler days I reach for the red. This past weekend I got a good lesson — a Wine 101 of my own, if you will — on how most people’s tastes...

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

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

    It’s been a super-hot and sunny vintage so far in British Columbia, and Business in Vancouver has caught up with a few winemakers to find out if that’s a good thing. There’s a saying that goes, “If it’s good for fires, it’s good for grapes.”...

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  4. Wine 101: Sparkling Wit & Wisdom

    Wine 101: Sparkling Wit & Wisdom

    Well, we’ve almost arrived at New Year’s Eve when many of us will be popping the corks of Canadian sparkling wines, Spanish Cavas and French Champagnes (amongst others). I’ve assembled a cavalcade of sparkling wit and wisdom from around the internet, to assist with your shopping, enhance your...

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  5. Wine Tunes Round Up

    Wine Tunes Round Up

    Thankfully, our recent Wine Tunes have eased us gently into September. Here's a quick round up of the songs we featured on our Facebook page over the past few weeks.

    Jimmy Buffet - "He Went to Paris"

    Born on Christmas Day in 1946, Jimmy Buffet is best known for hits like "Margaritaville" (yep, that's him) and "Come Monday." Over the course of his prolific career, he went on to record over 30 albums and earn numerous accolades - and he's still touring. "He Went to Paris" was released in 1973 as the fourth single from his album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean and soon became a fan favourite. Considering that the setting is in Paris, it makes sense that Buffet mentions wine right off the bat.

    Lady Antebellum - "We Owned the Night"...

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  6. Wine Tunesday! Wine + Music

    Wine Tunesday! Wine + Music

    I’m pretty sure that our enthusiasm for this fermented liquid goodness that we call wine shines through on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Not only do we love the product itself, but we get caught up in the behind-the-scenes stories; the family that runs the winery, the decisions that weigh on the winemaker in a given vintage, the challenges and rewards that accompany the journey from ground to bottle. We are fans in the truest sense of the word.

    So it doesn’t surprise me that one of our other passions is music. Music and wine is, perhaps, the ultimate pairing. Having spent the first six years of my career in the music industry, I have had a lot of time to draw parallels between my two favourite subjects. The similarities between music and wine are endless, both are products of deeply creative activity. Producing either one entails focus, sensory perception, practice, math, intuition and talent. Whether you are part of a band or a family...

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