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Margaret Swaine’s Spirits Review – May 2016 Summer is finally about to arrive. Time to stock up on neat white spirits, ciders and perhaps one or two of the latest whiskies for late evening contemplation. Here follows are recommendations to tempt your taste buds. Out of Norway comes a vodka made from ecologically farmed Norwegian […] More

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES – May 28, 2016


Commemorating the 40th Year Anniversary of the Arrival of New World Wine By David Lawrason with notes from John Szabo MS & Michael Godel On May 24, 1976 eight California wines hand-picked by British wine merchant Steve Spurrier faced off with top Bordeaux and Burgundy in a blind tasting by French experts. It was dubbed […] More

2016: A Watershed (Dam Busting?) Year for Canadian Wine


The Canadian Wine Report – May 2016 by David Lawrason The 2016 growing season is underway across Canada, with vines galloping ahead in B.C. where temperatures have been higher than normal. In Ontario and Nova Scotia however, after a mild winter but a slow, cool spring, the buds are barely bursting as I write on May […] More

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Sake

Sake is an alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, in a process closer to beer, rather than wine, even though it is often called rice wine. Its alcohol content is usually between 14 and 17%, and it is found in a diverse range of categories, mainly defined according to how much the rice grains have been polished. It can be served hot or cold, depending on styles and traditions.