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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Union Libre Cidre Mousseux 2014 Bottle Union Libre Cidre Mousseux 2014
Quebec, Canada

Review added: August 16, 2017
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$18.80 Shopping_bag
Pascal Doquet Arpège Premier Cru Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature Bottle Pascal Doquet Arpège Premier Cru Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature
Champagne, France

Review added: August 16, 2017
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$60.50 None
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Domaine Barmès Buecher Crémant D'alsace 2014 Bottle Domaine Barmès Buecher Crémant D'alsace 2014
Alsace, France

Review added: August 16, 2017
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$26.20 None
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Domaine Loubejac Chardonnay 2015, Wilamette Valley Bottle Domaine Loubejac Chardonnay 2015, Wilamette Valley
Oregon, Usa

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$24.30 None
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La Sœur Cadette Bourgogne 2016 Bottle La Sœur Cadette Bourgogne 2016
Burgundy, France

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$25.15 None
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Coste Delle Plaie Cerasuolo D'abruzzo Rosé 2016 Bottle Coste Delle Plaie Cerasuolo D'abruzzo Rosé 2016
Abruzzo, Italy

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$20.90 None
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J.L. Chave Sélection Mon Coeur 2015 Bottle J.L. Chave Sélection Mon Coeur 2015
Rhone, France

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$23.30 None
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Devois Des Agneaux D'aumelas 2013 Bottle Devois Des Agneaux D'aumelas 2013
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$19.45 None
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Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015, Columbia Valley Bottle Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015, Columbia Valley
Washington, Usa
394759
Review added: August 15, 2017
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$18.95 High
(1000+)G
Stratus Moyer Road Rr1 Riesling 2015, VQA Niagara Peninsula Bottle Stratus Moyer Road Rr1 Riesling 2015, VQA Niagara Peninsula
Ontario, Canada

Review added: August 15, 2017
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$22.15 None
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