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Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.


  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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 Continue reading

  • 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.” Continue reading

  • 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 Continue reading

  • 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"

    This country group formed in Nashville in  2006 and has never looked back. They are now six albums and multiple hits into their career, and a regular on the pop-country music charts. "We Owned the Night" is the first single off their third album Own the Night, and hit number one on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2011. Check out the sweet video and listen for the wine lyric.

    John Mayer - "Heartbreak Warfare"

    One of the most talented guitarists in recent history, John Mayer has dominated pop music charts and award shows for the past 15 years. "Heartbreak Warfare" was released in 2009 as a single from his fourth album Battle Studies and was featured in the movie Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Bet you didn't realize that wine is mentioned in this ditty too!

    Death Cab for Cutie - "Grapevine Fires"

    A personal favourite, Death Cab for Cutie is an alt-rock band hailing from Washington.  On the circuit since 1997, the band has seen increasing popularity year over year thanks to their catchy tunes and insightful song lyrics. "Grapevine Fires" is about a wildfire that spreads through a small town, and this concept was illustrated very poignantly in Death Cab for Cutie's animated music video for the hit. The song features grapevines in the title and wine in the lyrics. Check it out!

    To see a complete list of all the wine songs that we have featured to date, head over to our YouTube page.

    Stay tuned for more hits from the vine.

  • 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 estate winery, you do whatever it takes to manifest your product, share it with the world, and continue to perfect it. Rolling Stone, Billboard, and SPIN are  tantamount to Wine Spectator, Decanter, and Wine Advocate. Viticulturists are like band managers, winemakers have the lead singer role, and liquor stores are reminiscent of major record labels.

    For the past year, every Tuesday we let wine and music collide on our Facebook page by featuring a song that has the word wine in the title or lyrics. This can be extended to a type of wine (ie. Chablis, Crystal, or Cherry Wine) or the artist’s name (ie. April Wine, Iron & Wine).  We call this celebration Wine Tunesday and although we have featured songs and artists of all genres spanning the past 70 years, we work hard to mix in songs that are contemporary, timely, and little known gems. We have our Billy Joel, Queen, and Paul McCartney days, but we also have our Joshua Radin, The Civil Wars, and Hozier days too.

    In honour of bringing Wine Tunesday to the Wine Blog, today’s song is a legendary monster of a hit. Written by two of the most talked about musicians in recent history and continually ranked in the Top 100 Songs of All Time by various music publications, the song is “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from the album Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones. Never one to shy away from getting to the point, Mick Jagger sings the wine lyric in the opening phrase. Check out this video of the band performing the song on the David Frost show in 1969, the same year that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards penned it. Stick around to the end and you'll be treated to David Frost's closing comment of the performance "A new form there…a slightly different form there of choral music with a slight difference."

    I saw the Stones perform last summer at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in their 50th year of touring and, I have to admit, like a fine wine they have aged beautifully.

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