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Wine Maven: Northern Lands

Shaw Convention Centre, May 2-6, 2017 by Mary Bailey Northern Lands is a stellar opportunity to explore wine, craft beer and artisan spirits. The inaugural event, held two years ago, was a remarkable gathering of food and wine people from across the country. Chefs, winemakers, winery owners, brewers, distillers and lovers of great food and …

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by Mary Bailey We had a sneak taste of the CheckMate Chardonnays this summer, the winery lambasted for launching in NYC and for the price by some, the wine eagerly anticipated by others. This sort of chat is nothing new for Anthony von Mandl, owner of Mission Hill, who has been confounding critics and wowing …

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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 …

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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 …

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by Mary Bailey Andreas Bender Hofpäsch Mosel Riesling Auslese The wine comes from a steep red slate slope near Liewen where Bender lives. Hofpäsch translates roughly to front porch. Can he see the vineyard from his front porch? Not exactly, but the idea is that this is wine from the neighbourhood. The extraordinary concentration, heady …

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by Mary Bailey Lovers of Barolo learn to be patient. The wine, often tight and unforgiving in its youth, needs time to develop its characteristic lushness and beauty. So, when a vintage like 2011 comes along, with its early approachability, Nebbiolo lovers rejoice. But, it’s a vintage with a lot of variability so it pays …