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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Michelle Eshpeter

If you drink wine in the Yukon, certainly you have had a glass of Copper Moon wine. Maybe out of a glass bottle, but probably out of a box. I personally love that the Yukon wine drinking community has embraced alternative packaging and the pile of... Read more

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: Rick Massie

There’s at least one person for whom the drought in California has a silver lining. Luigi Zanasi is hoping for some magic to come out of his garage this year, thanks to the intense wine grapes he believes the California drought has produced. Read more

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the tiny community of North San Juan, on the same property her paternal ancestors settled during the California Gold Rush of 1849. But her heart is... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Chris Collin offers the “Address to a Haggis”, the first Burns’ verse of the evening in 2014 photo by Dan Davidson

Despite claims of memoirists galore, who say they walked the Chilkoot Pass with Robert Service, the man now known as the bard of the Yukon arrived in Whitehorse via the White Pass and Yukon Route Read more

Yukon People

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Crystal Cruises

About a year ago, I worked with Yukon Artists @ Work on a project called "Canvas Confidential," a fundraiser to help Yukon artists if illness prevented them from working. As part of this event, we hosted a wine tasting, and had very specific... Read more

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The National Championships continued on March 26 with a 15km classic race. Our wax tech, Alain, nailed the skies and the Yukon had one of its best days ever at the Nationals: six medals. I continued racing in top form and made the A final in the cla Read more

Yukon Winter

With the exception of New Years Eve, I think I drank two glasses of wine in January — not propitious behaviour for a wine writer. I even missed having something nice for my birthday, but I guess the flu followed by pneumonia is a decent excuse... Read more

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It took until the middle of July, but it seems (I don't want to jinx us) that summer has arrived in the Yukon! The past two weekends have actually been HOT, and I've been lucky enough to spend two Saturdays nights kayaking, swimming and sitting... Read more

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Several articles ago I promised to finish my tour of the Yukon Liquor Corp. (YLC) wine shelves before the snow melted. With the rains coming down and my frozen lake looking mushy, I'd better hurry! Read more

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I'm not looking to expand my writing into the restaurant review arena, but I couldn't help but relate an excellent dining experience I had last week. A couple of close friends invited me out to dinner last Thursday night, to celebrate both my... Read more

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The third Thursday of November, chalkboards across France announced, Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé! (literally, "The new Beaujolais has arrived!"). This annual event is the first opportunity for wine lovers to taste the first wines made from... Read more

Beverages

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Crystal Cruises

I was asked by some friends to participate in "An evening of Art, Wine and too much fun" presented by The Artist Relief Fund Society, and I was delighted to get involved. The Canvas Confidential event will be held on Saturday May 14 at the Old... Read more

Beverages

Most Canadian wine drinkers are pretty familiar with California wines. Their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have been celebrated in such movies as Sideways and Bottleshock, and their top-of-the-line Cabernet Sauvignons, like the 2007 Screaming Eagle... Read more

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I spent the last hour manifesting my next motorcycle adventure. Physically, I've been sitting on an airplane travelling between Whitehorse and Vancouver. That means my motorcycle is not my best buddy on this trip. It is sitting at home, in the drivew Read more

Yukon Outside

I noticed, when I worked as a wine merchant, that wine enthusiasts love a challenge. Occasionally a customer would come into the store, and relate a menu he or she was planning for a dinner, and ask for advice about wines to serve. Invariably, two... Read more

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If food defines a culture, I shudder to think about the people defined by Guerrero Negro's demon street food from hell. We'd pulled into town late, just as it was getting dark. Having read in the Lonely Planet Guide to Baja California that the stree Read more

Travel Outside

Over 30 years ago, in a moment of impulsive insanity, my partner and his best friend walked off into the Vizcaino Desert in Baja, California. For three days they walked without map or compass. They had only the water they could carry and two blanket Read more

Travel Outside

Our plans had changed of necessity, dictated by the weather. The light rain was turning into a torrent. We stopped at a nondescript roadside café to warm up. Read more

Yukon Outside

Several weeks ago, the Rotary Club that I belong to held its 18th annual Fine Wine and Food Festival. We had a record turnout and everyone who attended seemed to have a lot of fun. I was working one of the tables, talking about the wines while I pou Read more

Beverages

Julia Child, the late, great American cookbook writer and chef, was profoundly moved by her first French meal when she and her husband arrived by ship, in Rouen, France, in November of 1948. She wrote: ... Read more

Beverages