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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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2009 Bottle Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2009
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Agent
Review added: November 26, 2013
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$50.00 Shopping_bag
Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2009, Ac St Julien Bottle Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2009, Ac St Julien
Bordeaux, France
201848
Review added: November 26, 2013
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$474.85 None
(0)V
Antinori Solaia 2009, Igt Toscana Bottle Antinori Solaia 2009, Igt Toscana
Tuscany, Italy
987586
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$249.95 None
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Château Margaux 2009, Ac Margaux Bottle Château Margaux 2009, Ac Margaux
Bordeaux, France
202325
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$1,994.85 None
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Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia Bottle Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia
Western Australia, Australia
WA-58902
Review added: November 26, 2013
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$90.00 None
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Eduardo Chadwick Seña 2009 Bottle Eduardo Chadwick Seña 2009
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Agent
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$125.00 Shopping_bag
Château Léoville Barton 2009, Ac St Julien Bottle Château Léoville Barton 2009, Ac St Julien
Bordeaux, France
201327
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$164.85 None
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Ornellaia 2009, Doc Bolgheri Superiore Bottle Ornellaia 2009, Doc Bolgheri Superiore
Tuscany, Italy
722470
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$195.95 None
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Château Haut Brion 2009, Ac Pessac Léognan Bottle Château Haut Brion 2009, Ac Pessac Léognan
Bordeaux, France
209809
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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009, Napa Valley Bottle Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009, Napa Valley
California, Usa
710400
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$299.95 None
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