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An award-winnng weekly columnist for Canada's top newpapers including the National Post, Globe & Mail and the Financial Times
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Thursday - September 24, 2020

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OUT OF 1,514 VINTAGES RELEASES
SEE OUR 298 TOP CHOICES

notes & scores fully-linked selections
from April 4 to September 19 and now even more

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See the hidden 82 delistings
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OCTOBER 3 VINTAGES CATALOGUE

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plus 338 LTO Offers valid until October 10

SEE OUR LINKED AUG 15 BIN END SUMMARY
slim pickings from last year's 2019 releases


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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 Riverjudging 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!
Here are the tasting results


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SEPTEMBER 19 VINTAGES CATALOGUE

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A happy Michael Vaughan at Thornbury's Beaver River
FISHING FOR THE TRUTH
"THE ONE THAT DIDN'T GET AWAY"

real reviews for people who know & love qualiity

* * * A blast from the Past * * *
See the results of Canada's
1st tasting in London England
with top critics Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier & many more
READ MORE FROM MY TORONTO LIFE FEATURE

* * * 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 then moved to an upscale location across from St. Lawrence Market.
READ MORE FROM MY NATIONAL POST FEATURE
See the original Toronto Life feature from March 1974
when BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE BRUT RD 1961 was only $16.45

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See my National Post feature on Madiera
it really was a lot better 20 years ago!
only 8 in Vintages in past 5 years


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