Tag Archives: Jancis Robinson

Adventures Abroad: Malbec Days in Cahors, and Ontario Chardonnay in London

For the next four days, I’m going to be all malbec, all the time. I’m just about to get on the plane that will take me across the Atlantic, as I head out to Cahors, in Southwest France, for the International Malbec Days and a particular tasting challenge at Château Lagrézette. The former provided the opportunity [...]
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Wine for Haiti at PalatePress: great lots for a great cause

I’m just catching up on this after a crazy week, but it’s still time for you to combine your love for wine and your humanitarian spirit, thanks to the Wine for Haiti initiative launched a week ago by PalatePress. PalatePress publisher David Honig set the initiative up right after the earthquake, pledging all proceeds to [...]
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Cellared in Canada: big bottlers move to stem growing outrage

Over the last few weeks, pressure had been building nationally and internationally, concerning the deceptive Cellared in Canada wines. These inexpensive bottles, made by the country’s major wine bottlers, give a Canadian aura to blends made totally (or almost) from foreign wine brought in bulk to this country from Chile, Australia or elsewhere. Last month, articles [...]
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Tasting Note : 1996 Cornas, Paul Jaboulet Aîné

I’ve long had a particular liking for the wines of Cornas, this supposedly toughest, most masculine appellation in the Rhône. I’ve always had a few bottles in my cellar, and was appalled when a scare over some of the oldest vineyards shook the region two years ago. One of the first Cornas I cellared, shortly after [...]
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Ontario, please clean up the Cellared in Canada mess

Things aren’t getting any better for Canadian wines on LCBO shelves. When I recently returned to Ontario, I was depressed to see that it’s still a struggle to distinguish between real Canadian wines (VQA wines) and Cellared in Canada wines that are made essentially (even totally, in British Columbia) from foreign grapes. The bottles are mixed on the [...]
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