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News stories by Rick

The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in review: ‘In one sense we are all Burgundians now,’

photoIt’s been around since the Middle Ages, a long-standing member of the wine aristocracy, and it has held its noble head up high through the centuries despite periods of downright mediocrity. Continue reading

Updated: Dear, Kathleen Wynne: New report shows you can make more money, give us better choice and better prices on booze if you privatize the LCBO — let’s do this

lcboMaybe now Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will listen. Maybe, just maybe, this government will pull their heads out of the sand for a minute or two and listen to smart people with even smarter conclusions on why privatization is good for everyone in Ontario. Continue reading

#oldniagara Part 1: Jim Warren’s Stoney Ridge Late Harvest Plekan Vineyard Riesling 1989; a grand old sweetie

mainOlder wine, slowly matured naturally in a well-designed cellar, is the thing that really excites me about the vinous world. Continue reading

The greatest bottle of wine EVER in their own words: Lydia Tomek, Mike Weir, Sandra Oldfield, Donald Ziraldo, Allison Slute, Angela Aiello, Thomas Bachelder, Paul Speck, Brad Royale, Terry David Mulligan

kangaroo island 2I would wager a bet that the most memorable bottle of wine you ever enjoyed wasn’t so much about the wine as it was about where you drank it. Continue reading

What would you do with $500,000? If you’re the LCBO you design a new logo because the old one reminded people of wine. Wow. Time to end the monopoly

logologoThis is what gets me mad the most: “We made a conscious decision not to spend a lot of money frivolously on throwing things out that are perfectly good just because it had a different logo on it,” LCBO spokesperson Lisa Murray told Newstalk radio 1010. Continue reading