Wine

Wine Maven

by Mary Bailey Benjamin Silver’s first job in wine was in Martha’s Vineyard. Now the down-to-earth Bay Stater makes wine on the other American coast in Santa Barbara county from French and Italian varietals— Pinot Noir, Cab Sauv and Cab Franc, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. The Trentotto File Syrah has full-throttle aromas and flavours, gaminess and …

Exploring the brave new world of natural wines

Everything old is new again by Mary Bailey I bet some years they didn’t get a delicious beverage. I bet some years it was stinky and mouldy. Because much can happen on the road from grapes to wine. Yet, modern winemaking has taken the process far beyond its simple beginnings. Maybe too far? How wine …

Wine Maven

by Mary Bailey Enguerrand Baijot is on a roll to reintroduce his family’s Champagne house to thirsty bubbleheads across Canada. The Lanson Black Label Brut has an effortless lightness on the palate yet is rich and complex in flavour, with zesty acidity and strawberry, yuzu citrus and honey flavours. It achieves its harmony thus—a high …

Okanagan Snapshot

Talking wine with the makers by Mary Bailey One of the very best things about talking to people about their wine is that everyone has a different take. There are no hard and fast rules, no formulas, no recipes. Grant Stanley, Lake Country; Marcus Ansem, Naramata; Darryl Brooker, Kelowna and Jay Drysdale, Naramata, talk about …

May the Bubbles Be With You

by Alison Phillips, FWS, owner, Aligra Wine & Spirits Alison tells Tomato readers about tasting Taittinger Champagne with brand ambassador Mikael Falkman. Taittinger (Tat –on jay) Champagne. Just saying it evokes elegance, sophistication, celebration. The name rolls off your tongue like the bubbles in the glass. Mmmmm! My job sucks. This week I had the …