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Issue: 2017-02-08, Graphic: Michelle Eshpeter

This is a wine trend that anyone could enthusiastically embrace – wine and chips! Planning a casual night of watching a show or reading by the fire welcomes a glass of wine and a little snack into the evening. But the snack suggestions with wine... Read more

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Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: Miche Genest

While staying in the Valle dei Moscheni in the province of Trento, Italy a few years ago my husband and I were served a delicate herbal liqueur called génépi. It was one of those magic occasions when you encounter a flavour you didn’t know existed. 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

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: courtesy of Max Fraser

In 1943 Operation Husky was put into motion. Canadian Soldiers travelled deep into the Sicilian countryside to fight against the Nazi presence that had been established there. More than 500 Canadian Soldiers lost their lives during the campaign in... Read more

Photography - Film

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Miche Genest

I first encountered Campari in 1980 at a hotel bar on Alonissos, a small island in the North Sporades group of islands in the Aegean sea, halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Camparisoda was the favourite beverage of a group of northern... Read more

Beverages

The skiing in Italy was beautiful, until the races started. After a week of sunshine, the weather transformed back into a typical European winter — rain. I haven't raced in rain much, but if I learned anything this week, it's that I should start get Read more

Yukon Winter

While we had an exceptional summer, part of me welcomes the changing leaves, grey cool days, slower pace, stars, and northern lights. This change of season has brought me back to our kitchen, making pasta, pizza and roast meats. And my partner and... Read more

Beverages

wine-tasting

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

Beverages

We are familiar with names of great French Bordeaux wines like Château Lafite Rothschild, that sell out immediately, year after year, and command prices that average, for the 2009 vintage, $1500 a bottle. When it comes to Roll Royce wines, the... Read more

Beverages

I try to write a wine column every couple of weeks, unless life gets crazy, as it has over the past month or so. In that period of time, I will usually get the chance to have perhaps two or three dinners where I will want to serve a bottle of wine... Read more

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When I set out to do a walking tour through the Whitehorse Yukon Liquor Corporation (YLC) store, I imagined I could make it through the wine aisles and be onto a new subject by the New Year. Instead, a trip begun last November has taken me through... Read more

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Last night a friend stopped by for dinner. He brought moose sausages to grill; I boiled up some Yukon grown red potatoes and added butter and rosemary. We washed it down with the better part of a bottle of one of my "go to" bottles of Italian red... Read more

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A recent article on the consumption of Italian wine pointed out that, for the first time, the value of Italian wines exported was greater than the value of that consumed by Italians at home. In 2010, Italy exported 3.93 billion euros ($5.3 billion... Read more

Beverages

wine-tasting

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

In past articles, I have written about the fun of trying to match wines with food, and have also suggested that there is no one "right" answer to the question of which wine goes with which dish. These ideas were beautifully illustrated to me at a... Read more

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So now the rich, velvety darkness of the Yukon winter has descended and the temperatures at my cabin have dropped below minus 20, several evenings. And yet, it is probably my favourite time of year here. The blue lights are strung in the trees... Read more

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With the drop in temperatures, the shorter days and the recent snowfall, I am reminded that we are headed into the holiday season. Few places give me more of that happy feeling, of the anticipation of Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas... Read more

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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

It's always fun to be on the lookout for new wines to try, and this past weekend gave me the opportunity to explore two tasty and moderately priced red wines from Italy. They come from less familiar areas of Italy, that nonetheless are making excelle Read more

Beverages

I guess when most of us think of Italian food, we think spaghetti and those old-school straw-covered flasks of Chianti. I am channelling that scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp where they slurp on opposite ends of the same pieces of spaghetti... Read more

Beverages