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An award-winnng columnist for Canada's top newpapers - the Globe & Mail and National Post, along with numeous magazines.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

502 AirMiles & LTOs - PT4
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Peppoli from the Heart of Italy

10 AirMiles on this Classic Sherry

An Award Winning Coonawarra Red

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July 11 Vintages Release Summary
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Great Summer Theatre
The 2015 Stratford Season

Hamlet / The Taming of the Shrew/ Love’s Labour’s Lost / The
Adventures of Pericles / The S ound of Music / Carousel / The Diary of Anne Frank / She Stoops to Conquer / The Physicists/ Oedipus Rex / The Alchemist / Possible Worlds / The Last Wife

check out the 2015 playbill

this week's highlight The Sound of Music a joyous celebration see J. KELLY NESTRUCK'S **** review

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The Shaw Festival
From the Broadway hit musical Sweet Charity, a contemporary take on the timeless Shaw classic Pygmalion; the world premiere of The Divine – a play especially written for The Shaw by Michel Marc Bouchard; and the adventurous Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher; check out the 2015 playbill

this week's highlight Peter and the Starcatcher has sailed its way into the Shaw Festival like a gust of fresh sea air
see J. KELLY NESTRUCK'S **** review

Destination Halifax
Discover the Halifax Art Scene
#1 check out the outstanding Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
#2 Chives - my favouite Halifax restaurant
#3 Garrison - my favoirite brewery

coming: August 8 Halifax foodie update

coming up in Lunenburg

27th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Lunenburg, Sunday August 2, 2015

A Recommended & Very Reasonable place to stay
Lunnenburg's Top Mast Motel

Discovering Nova Scotia Treasures
see my previous Nova Scotia travel feature

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Find the Best Rose
here are our ratings for all 48 Roses released in 2015
11 Recommended but only 2 Best Buys

Find Top Sparkling Wines
here are our ratings for all 54 Sparklers released in 2015
11 Best Buys & 9 Recommended
Ratings for all 17 Champagnes released in 2015
6 Recommended & 4 Recommended/Best Buys

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June 13 Vintage Assessments

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See our linked Summary of all 147 reviews
June 13 Recommended & Best Buy Summary

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July 11, 2015 release
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July 25, 2015 release
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2015 LCBO Licensee-Only selections
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Michael Vaughan's travel features have appeared in the National Post, Toronto Life, the Globe & Mail, Dreamscapes Magazine, etc. A past TMAC member, his focus is providing readers with genuine useful information - not advertorial.
Reviews are not based on freebies.

favoute summer destinations

check out the great gorges of Ithica
stay at my favourite resort La Tourelle
Also a stunning La Tourelle walk not to be missed!
La Tourelle to Lower Buttermilk Falls - walk out the resort's front door and follow the Buck Trail into Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park. The trail will lead you through Upper Buttermilk and all the way down to Lower Buttermilk on the Gorge Trail. It takes a little over an hour and the hike is all downhill...and La Tourelle will pick-up guests and bring them back to the resort if they don't want to do the uphill return hike!

not to be missed
the outstanding Ithica Farmer's Market
COMING UP: July 10-12 Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Michael Vaughan's previous features
New York's Finest - Dreamscapes Magazine
Finger Lickin’ Good Finger Lake Wines - National Post

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