Joy of Wine

I am a wine enthusiast working towards a diploma in Wine Appreciation and Education. I am a Certified Wine Steward through the International Sommelier Guild (ISG), and have obtained the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits.

Recent Blog Posts

Any Day is a Good Day for Bordeaux
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Not only is the Italian wine selection impressive at the store, but Bordeaux also has its fair share of excellency here. The usual suspects are not here though. You won’t find any Château Lafite, Latour, Margaux or any other first … Continue reading →
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Thank God for Friends – there when you need them.
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I’ve been away from this blog for a bit…all good intentions to write, and then something inevitably comes up. Life has a way of kicking you when you’re down. I’m not sure if any can relate, but it seems that … Continue reading →
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International Albariño Day
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It’s International Albariño Day! I’m so glad they give this grape its due course and deservedly so! It’s crisp, refreshing tropical fruit wines are perfect for a hot summer day to sip on the patio, share a glass with a … Continue reading →
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Collisioni – A collision of music, wine…and food!
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Collisioni 2017 is in the books with successful concerts from Placebo and Robbie Williams, readings from poets, authors and actors, and copious amounts of wine tasted along with a new initiative this year:  Progetto Food. For me, this was my … Continue reading →
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My Favourite Grape…
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I am often asked what my favourite wine is, and my standard answer is always… “whatever is in my glass.” That may seem cliché to a lot of people, but I can never pick just one wine. There are usually … Continue reading →
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Some Interesting (& lesser known) Italian Grapes
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Nothing says interesting like Italian grape varieties, and these two are no exception with some new offerings brought in that are actually quite perfect for “patio” whites and all this hot summer weather we’ve been having! Bombino bianco is most … Continue reading →
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It’s Up To You, New York, New York
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The Big Apple. Doesn’t everyone dream of going there someday, at least to see it? In five days, I will be there, but perhaps not for the reasons that one may think… I would love to see Lady Liberty up … Continue reading →
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Destination: South Africa
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Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Toronto, Canada to take part in an initiative to further understand South African wines and learn about the PIWOSA group (Premium Independant Wineries of South Africa). What a treat it was … Continue reading →
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ChardonnYAY day!
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Who loves Chardonnay? Apparently many, with a twist on the name to ChardonnYAY, and enough to have a celebratory day! We were to have a tasting here at the store to celebrate this momentous occasion, but alas, it was too … Continue reading →
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The World of Yalumba
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In 1849, a vineyard was planted in Angaston, South Australia, which now makes Yalumba the oldest Australian family winery. Yalumba is also part of an elite group of families in Australia, called ‘First Families of Wine’, with the 12 families … Continue reading →
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