ESTATE BAROLO AT COOPERATIVE PRICES

Mark your calendar: February 10 – 14 (Calgary and Edmonton ½+½) Great Barolo isn’t know for its price-friendliness. If you love a story and the wine that goes with it, you can still get estate Barolo at cooperative prices. How? Buy the estate wine of a family who used to sell their grapes to a […]

THE ELEGANCE OF BARBS

Silly reasons to try new wine One of our favourite things about wine is that it’s your journey, so you can take whatever route you want. We like to have some fun finding unusual angles to approach it. Today, we’re looking at the elegance of Barbs. What does that even mean? Well, ever notice the […]

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO SHOWS CO-OPS DON’T HAVE TO SUCK BY DEFAULT

When you hear the word “stew”, you can picture a tin of Campbell’s or cassoulet from scratch. When you think of “live music”, you can see your sports bar’s rockabilly garage band or Dave Matthews at the Gorge. And when you buy wine made at a “cooperative”, you can get mass-produced mediocrity or Produttori del Barbaresco. […]

THE TURLEY ZINFANDEL PARADOX

I’m a traditional-wine-style guy. That means my taste and constitution lean toward the leaner side of weight with kaleidescopic aromatics. Think of great Ontario Chardonnay or perfect Chianti Classico. While I’ve enjoyed many a full-throttle bottle, that was in far younger years. I can no longer handle wines that are generous in everything but acidity and […]