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

Latest Reviews (4544 in total)

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Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Steel Post Vineyard 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench Bottle
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Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Steel Post Vineyard 2016, VQA Beamsville Bench
Ontario, Canada
11427
Review added: July 18, 2018
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Roche Wines Pinot Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Roche Wines Pinot Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
12569
Review added: July 18, 2018
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Narrative Riesling 2016, Okanagan Valley Bottle
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Narrative Riesling 2016, Okanagan Valley
British Columbia, Canada
12330
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Clos Du Soleil Signature 2014, Similkameen Valley Bottle
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Clos Du Soleil Signature 2014, Similkameen Valley
British Columbia, Canada
10854
Review added: July 18, 2018
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$45.00 None
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Contino Reserva Rioja 2011 Bottle Contino Reserva Rioja 2011
Rioja, Spain
672923
Review added: July 17, 2018
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$43.00 None
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Cune Gran Reserva 2011, Doca Rioja Bottle Cune Gran Reserva 2011, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
393553
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Cune Crianza 2014, Doca Rioja Bottle Cune Crianza 2014, Doca Rioja
Rioja, Spain
39925
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Carrelot Des Amants 2017 Bottle Carrelot Des Amants 2017
Southwest, France

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Cave De Roquebrun Granges Des Combes 2015 Bottle Cave De Roquebrun Granges Des Combes 2015
Languedoc, France
155804
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Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2015 Bottle Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2015
California, Usa
985176
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