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Trying something new – and a great Pinot Blanc

August 22, 2009

Things have been a bit quiet around here. But I’m still enjoying great wine – I’m just looking for a different way to share my thoughts for now. So I tried something new last night.

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All moved in

August 25, 2006

Thanks to the sweet sweet user-friendliness of WordPress, I’ve managed to transfer over all of my old posts from Blogger. You’ll notice that some editing needs to be done (all of my photos are royally screwed up) but I think that I’m all moved into my new home here.

So it’s official – set your bookmarks here:

I’ll post a link on the Blogger site for now, but I’ll probably take that site down after a couple of months.

And as part of the move to WordPress, a new member will be joining the team. Watch for more news and some new posts from the mysterious new writer in the next couple of weeks.


My new home!

August 24, 2006

This is the new home of Wine in the ‘Peg – which is currently active on Over the next few weeks, I plan on shifting as much of my existing material over as I can, and I hope to have this version up and running by early October.



Vacation time

August 3, 2006

Just a quick update;

I’m headed out to BC for a few days and won’t be back until late next week. Since traffic on the site seems to have slowed down with the nice weather (and since my updates have been sporadic at best), I’m guessing that nobody will mind too much if I don’t post until the end of next week.

In the meantime, if you find yourself sitting at the computer, be sure to check out some of the links to your right. An update of the links section is LONG overdue, so I’ll try and add a few more links before I leave tomorrow.

And in other news, I’ve now got an email address set up for this site. If anyone has wine-related questions and comments, you can reach me here:

(I don’t think I need to tell you to replace the AT with a @)



Toasting a year of blogging with Painter Bridge Chardonnay

April 6, 2006

I just noticed that this blog has been going for over a year now. Wow. Hard to believe. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, my work has kept me away from the keyboard lately, but I hope to catch up on some of my backlog of wine notes over the weekend.

I still have the final California Wine Festival notes to type up, and I just did an eight-wine Bordeaux tasting on Tuesday. And I have come across a few neat little finds that I want to share. Here’s one quick note to ‘wet’ your appetites for the next round of posts (hopefully by Monday).

Painter Bridge Chardonnay (2004)

This label is from J. Lohr, and it’s an excellent introduction to their wide range of wines. Sourced largely from Monterey County, this wine been fermented in stainless steel, so both the nose and mouth are very crisp. Interestingly enough, the Chardonnay is cut with a bit of Muscat Canelli (7.1%) and Viognier (2.4%). I usually don’t like dry Muscat (even in such small proportions), so I have to compliment the winemaker on their ability to disguise it. The overall effect of the blend is to make this a little richer than your average unoaked Chard.

This wine is lean, crisp, clean and it tastes like the world’s most perfectly ripe pear. Very tasty, although the finish is a bit short. For $13.99 at your local private wine store, this is worth it. The companion Zinfandel (cut with 23% Shiraz and 2% Petite Sirah) for the same price is also worth tracking down.


British Columbia vs. Ontario

October 7, 2005

Once again, I have managed to outdo myself in updating this blog. I’ve got about four different posts on the go and haven’t managed to complete one of them. Given that we’re still unpacking the new house, I’m not surprised.

And prepare for more delays, loyal reader (reader’s?). Tomorrow, I leave for a week in British Columbia, home of Canada’s finest wine. I’m not saying that as a shot against Ontario wine, which can be excellent. I think the Ontario industry is more consistent as whole, but individual BC wineries produce Canada’s best wines.

With the exception of Pinot Noir and Gamay (and I’m still not sure about Ontario Pinot Noir), I think BC produces the best reds in Canada. Ontario’s Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are better – no questions asked. But BC produces finer Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Gris. I’ve yet to try an Ontario sparkling wine, but have enjoyed the Stellar’s Jay Brut from BC’s Sumac Ridge many times. So there you have it.

When I’m back, I hope to have some time to actually post some of these tasting notes. And I plan on enjoying lots of good B.C wine when I’m out there too.


What’s this all about?

April 5, 2005

So what’s this all about? Well, I’m a resident of Winnipeg who enjoys wine. I work part-time in the “field” and I really enjoy what I do. And sometimes I get frustrated when I read the wine columnist in our local paper. It’s not that I disagree with him. He has his own opinions, and I have mine.

Instead, I don’t think he gets what people in Winnipeg really want to see in a wine column. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not presumptuous enough to think that I know what people want either. But after nine years of working in a wine store and answering a lot of questions, I think I can hazard a guess.

What do I think people are looking for in a wine column? Well, this is Winnipeg and we do love our bargains. People here want to know about well-priced, tasty wines. They don’t (for the most part) want to hear about expensive wines that you’ll never find in our local stores.

So you won’t find a lot of reviews of the latest cult Napa Valley wines. I’m not going to huff about the quality of this year’s Bordeaux harvest versus the 1990 vintage. Instead, I’m going to write about the wines that most people (including me) buy – namely those under $20 (CDN).

Beyond this, I plan on talking about all sorts of wine-related topics based on questions people have asked me over the years – namely details on different wine grapes, regions, producers, local restaurants, aging and so on. Wherever possible, I’ll try and include a Canadian perspective, since I believe that the Canadian wine industry is totally under-appreciated and doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

And I hope to do so in a non-pretentious way. Wine should be fun and accessible. I don’t have the patience for long-winded wine writers. There are enough of them around, so I plan to do things my way. On that note, you’ll find some links to other wine sites on the sidebar. Consider these folks my influences, I’ve learned a lot from them.

And finally, I welcome comments. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. But I would really like to keep the tone of this blog as positive as possible, so please bear that in mind when posting a comment.

(Just a few caveats)

  1. This blog represents my personal opinion (not that of my employer), so take it for what it’s worth. After all, wine is all about individual tastes.
  2. Most wines I review here are purchased at my own expense. I do have some very generous friends, so every now and again I’ll write about something I didn’t buy.
  3. I still work for one of the private wine stores in Winnipeg. It doesn’t matter which one, but to be fair, I will try to only write about wines that are widely available – either in the MLCC or in all of the private wine stores. I don’t want to be seen as favouring one system over the other.
  4. It has come to my attention that a private wine store here in Winnipeg has registered a domain name very similar to this blog. Just to be absolutely clear, there is no affiliation between this blog and the website operated by Deluca’s Fine Wine. I shop there, but I don’t work for them. If you’re in town though, be sure to check their store (and their adjacent Italian grocery) out. You can find their website here.