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An award-winnng weekly columnist for Canada's top newpapers including the National Post, Globe & Mail and Financial Times
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Remembering
The First Week of March

It's hard to believe that I was in the beautiful Touraine town of Blois on the Loire River judging the 2020 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. As the only Canadian judge, I joined 74 colleagues from 24 countries and we worked our way through 1,110 sub-missions on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7).  Getting up at 2 am to start tasting wines is not much fun - but I survived. 

It really helped that I brought two dozen of my ISO tasting glasses (vs. the larger glasses used at the competition) as the ISOs really concentrated the aromatics and provided me with a level playing field for the thousands of other wines I taste annually. This was the LAST major international tasting event of 2020!

* * * History in the Making * * *
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGES


In 1974 the LCBO opened its first Vintages outlet.  In those days it was called the Rare Wines & Spirits Shop & was initially located in a tiny small third floor room at 43 Freeland Street. It moved to an upscale free-standing location across from St. Lawrence Market.
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Believe it or not - I wrote this 46 years ago for Toronto Life for $750 per column
the original Toronto Life feature from March 1974
when BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE BRUT RD 1961 was $16.45


* * * A blast from the Past * * *
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1st tasting in London England
with top critics Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier & many more
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