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Wine Preservation

Posted by hitnerwine on June 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Preserving opened bottles of wine is a tricky business. There are so many products out there, in what has really become an excessively saturated market, guaranteeing to keep your wine fresh for days on end.

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But which ones actually work? Many studies have been done on the subject. Of actual closures, wines under screwcap have shown to boast the best track record, while glass...

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Eliminating transfer restrictions

Posted by hitnerwine on April 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A few days ago, I read in the Toronto Star that a parliamentary committee in Ottawa is set to hear a private member’s bill that would permit alcohol to be shipped between provinces, thus eliminating a rule that has been in place since 1928 forbidding such transfers.

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One would expect opinions on such an issue to vary.

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Delta Chelsea: Bb33 - Bistro + Brasserie:

Posted by hitnerwine on February 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Every few years, my parents and I head to Bb33 - Bistro at the Delta Chelsea in downtown Toronto for dinner. Vouchers in hand, we get to do this once in awhile on account of my father having stayed at various Delta hotels so many times when travelling on business.

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Excellent fare at the Bb33 - Bistro as usual, this year there was one difference: we were able to bring our own wine, subject t...

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Bordeaux 2009 Notes

Posted by hitnerwine on February 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Typed up much sooner than I anticipated, here are the first of my notes from the outstanding 2009 vintage.

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White Wines:

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Château Pape Clément Blanc 2009, Pessac-Léognan AOC, Bordeaux, France: After Haut-Brion and La Mission, ...

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Union des Grands Cru de Bordeaux: '09s

Posted by hitnerwine on January 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Scrambling to taste as many wines as possible, by the time the evening was over I’d amassed a small yet handsome sum of 28 detailed notes out of 115 wines. I would have recorded much more, but meticulous wine commentary takes lots of time.

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Still, it would have been nice if I’d been able to record many more wines, but three hours is not enough time to properly ta...

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Meyer Family Vineyards: Part III

Posted by hitnerwine on January 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Having tasting roughly four different wines from Meyer Family Vineyards, I have now arrived at several conclusions.

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First, rather than focusing on quantity, co-owners Jak Mayer and Janice Stevens have opted to trudge a far more difficult path—that of focusing on quality. Second, while their Chardonnays are not without charm, it’s the Pinots that truly stand out....

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Another article on LCBO price gouging

Posted by hitnerwine on January 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A delightful, to-the-point piece by Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn on the recent findings of Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter, on the blatant heavy-handed price gouging of the LCBO. For his part, Mr. Regg Cohn blasts the LBCO for forcing wineries to sell products to the LCBO at an inflated price, just so the latter can charge its Ontario-based cust...

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Chablis, champagne, and oysters

Posted by hitnerwine on January 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Chablis, champagne, and oysters: one of the most classic pairings known to my profession.

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This past Saturday, my father and I dined at Rodney’s Oyster House in downtown Toronto with local, internationally focused wine writer Liz Palmer, a good friend of ours. Starting off with a plate of twenty-four oyste...

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Beer or champagne?

Posted by hitnerwine on December 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Just read Toronto Star beer critic Josh Rubin’s short piece (or insinuation) on how one might view it as questionable that people are so quick to gravitate towards champagne or other types of sparkling wine to celebrate the New Year. In short, Rubin argues “why not go for a change and toast [the New Year] with a beer?”

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David Kamp: wine snobs

Posted by hitnerwine on December 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

An unusual wine website I just visited, called snobsite.com, and created by David Kamp, a writer from Vanity Fair. Hard to, at least initially, make out the point that Kamp seems so compelled to impart, that people who take wine seriously are all snobs.

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Is such an assertion corre...

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