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Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Dianne Homan

March is the perfect time of year to plan ahead for a “camino.” April and May in Spain offer green fields flecked with red poppies, storks nesting in bell towers, cuckoos calling in the woods and grape flowers smelling sweet on the vines... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Dianne Homan

It's a walk, it's a pilgrimage. It's called “the camino” and it has the power to make people feel called to do it, the power to make people talk about it, the power to draw people back to do it again. The Camino de Santiago is an ancient... more

Nov. 15, 2017 midnight Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Whitehorse resident Dianne Homan knows people make the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for many reasons. So on March 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., she and the Yukon chapter of the Company of Canadian Pilgrims are hosting an informal presentation... more

Mar. 08, 2017 midnight Travel Outside 1 Comments

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... more

Apr. 25, 2013 midnight Beverages

Christmas and New Year's are fast approaching us here in the Yukon, and this weekend reminded me what a beautiful and magical place we live in. If Whitehorse was not beautiful enough, I just came home from driving 500 km through low-angle sun and fre more

Dec. 20, 2012 midnight Yukon Christmas


Crystal Cruises

We're plunging into the winter and holiday season at full tilt and for me this is a season of getting together with friends for dinner and searching out new and more robust wines to bring to the table. The falling snow outside makes me yearn for... more

Nov. 29, 2012 midnight Beverages

One of the perks of spewing your beer brain onto a white page every couple of weeks is that people occasionally give you beer and suggest you write a column about it. One of my colleagues came back from a trip to Alaska in mid-October with a... more

Nov. 08, 2012 midnight Beverages

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... more

Aug. 02, 2012 midnight Beverages

This is a funny time of year in the Yukon. The return of the light and the moving forward of the clocks speaks to the impending arrival of spring. The other day I stood outside my cabin and heard birds calling their songs out, and thought... am I... more

Mar. 29, 2012 midnight Beverages

Several years ago, my then-editor at What's Up Yukon asked me to do a walk-through tour of the Yukon Liquor Corp. (YLC) store in Whitehorse, and write a bit about it. At first, I thought it was a little obvious, but the more I thought about it... more

Oct. 27, 2011 midnight Beverages

Searching for wines is a little bit like a scavenger hunt at times, and sometimes it calls for looking at the outliers of the wine world for new and exciting finds. Here in the Yukon, we're well familiar with French, Italian, American and... more

Jun. 30, 2011 midnight Beverages

In the days leading up to the Rotary Wine Festival, I felt as if I was eating, sleeping and breathing wine. At that point it was almost a subject I didn't want to contemplate for a week or two. However, I recently tried some very good Spanish red... more

Nov. 04, 2010 midnight Beverages

As we race toward Christmas and the new year of promise that follows, I can't help but reflect on the wonderful and poignant experiences that have transpired over these last 12 months. Post-Christmas, last year, began with a wonderful evening... more

Dec. 24, 2009 midnight Beverages

I, and the fellow wine enthusiasts I know, seem to have wandered from country to country in the process of discovering wines. We have familiar territories and sometimes work up the courage to explore new lands. I grew up tasting French wines first... more

Apr. 09, 2009 midnight Beverages

Working the Rotary Wine and Fine Food Festival last month, I was reminded all over again why I love the world of wine. There were new wines to discover and old familiar ones that I hadn't seen in a while. And the same was true for the people I met... more

Nov. 13, 2008 midnight Beverages