Bill Zacharkiw

Bill Zacharkiw
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Bill began his wine journey at the age of 23, when he opened his own restaurant in downtown Montreal, Quebec. At 33, he became head sommelier at one of Quebec’s top restaurants, the Relais & Chateau L’eau a la Bouche, where he honed his skills as one of the province’s authorities on pairing food and wine.

He writing career began in 2004 with the The Caveman’s Wine Blog, one of the internet’s first. Bill quickly garnered a reputation for his irreverent take on the wine world, his staunch defence of “authentic” wines, his distaste for snobbism, and his willingness to take on the industry’s most sacred cows. Caveman was cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most interesting wine reads on the internet.

Now in his forties, Bill has gone from on-line to ink and for the last 5 years has been the weekly wine writer for the Montreal Gazette. His articles are carried across Canada via National Post.com and other newspapers, making him one of Canada’s most widely read wine writers. He has judged international wine competitions in Canada, Chile and New Zealand where he is known as the critic who prefers to taste barefoot.

Over his 25 years in the wine industry, Bill has garnered a reputation for his irreverent take on the wine world. Whether in writing, on his weekly radio spot on CHOM FM, working the restaurant floor, or in his many speaking engagements, Bill has not strayed from his ideological roots- that wine can be talked about in “real speak,” that wine was meant to be drunk and not idealized, and that no matter how big they may be, every sacred cow should be questioned as to whether or not it should be turned into hamburger.

Twitter: @billzacharkiw

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Lanson Brut Rosé Bottle Lanson Brut Rosé
Champagne, France

Review added: December 21, 2017
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$65.00 None
(0)
Egly Ouriet Tradition Grand Cru Brut Champagne Bottle Egly Ouriet Tradition Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Champagne, France

Review added: December 21, 2017
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$97.50 None
(0)
Château Mont Redon Châteauneuf Du Pape 2012, Ac Bottle Château Mont Redon Châteauneuf Du Pape 2012, Ac
Rhone, France
959627
Review added: December 20, 2017
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$45.95 High
(51)V
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Bottle
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
Spain
216960
Review added: December 12, 2017
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$15.45 High
(1000+)G
Entre Pierre Et Terre, Cidre Mousseux Rosé Aromatisé (Canneberge) Bottle Entre Pierre Et Terre, Cidre Mousseux Rosé Aromatisé (Canneberge)
Quebec, Canada

Review added: December 12, 2017
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$16.25 Shopping_bag
Domaine Buisson Charles Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2015 Bottle Domaine Buisson Charles Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2015
Burgundy, France

Review added: December 12, 2017
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$64.75 None
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Domaine René Bouvier Marsannay Le Clos 2015 Bottle Domaine René Bouvier Marsannay Le Clos 2015
Burgundy, France

Review added: December 12, 2017
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$32.75 None
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley Bottle Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley
California, Usa
310409
Review added: December 12, 2017
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$29.95 High
(1000+)V
Jean Louis Schoepfer Gewurztraminer 2015 Bottle Jean Louis Schoepfer Gewurztraminer 2015
Alsace, France

Review added: December 12, 2017
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$24.15 None
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Stratus Moyer Road Rr1 Riesling 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Stratus Moyer Road Rr1 Riesling 2016, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada

Review added: December 12, 2017
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$22.15 None
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