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An award-winnng weekly columnist for Canada's top newpapers including the National Post, Globe & Mail and the Financial Times
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Detailed linked reviews for ALL TOP SCORES from MAY 29
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Remembering Steven Spurrier

Steven & I at Toronto Academie du Vin launch March 10, 2020
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Ontario's Wine Revolution

See the results of Canada's
1st tasting in London England
with top critics Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier & many more
SEE THE 1976 TORONTO LIFE FEATURE


one very long year ago
2020 Sauvignon Blanc Judging

It's hard to believe that I was in the beautiful Touraine town of Blois on the Loire River judging the 2020 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. As the only Canadian judge, I joined 74 colleagues from 24 countries and we worked our way through 1,110 submissions on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7).  Getting up at 2 am to start tasting wines is not much fun - but I survived. 
It really helped that I brought two dozen of my ISO tasting glasses (vs. the larger glasses used at the competition) as the ISOs really concentrated the aromatics and provided me with a level playing field for the thousands of other wines I taste annually. This was the LAST major international tasting event of 2020
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History in the Making
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGES
In 1974 the LCBO opened its first Vintages outlet.  In those days it was called the Rare Wines & Spirits Shop & was initially located in a tiny small third floor room at 43 Freeland Street. It then moved to an upscale location across from St. Lawrence Market.

See the original Toronto Life feature from March 1974
when BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE BRUT RD 1961 was $16.45

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