Review: 2011 Elvio Cogno Barbera d’Alba “Bricco dei Merli”

The picturesque Elvio Cogno estate is perched in the hilltop town of Novello in the rolling hills of Piemonte. These fourth generation winemakers are combining the traditional grape varieties and historic vineyards of this legendary region with modern winemaking practices to produce wines that toe the line between contemporary and traditional styles. There were roughly […] Continue reading

Okanagan Gems

Several months ago I was approached about hosting a wine tasting that exhibited my favorite Okanagan wines. Having visited the area less than a month before the request, my enthusiasm was still fresh and the wines were bright in my mind. A decade or two ago, selecting six producers to represent would have been a […] Continue reading

Review: Il Pallagio When We Dance

When Sting and The Police creep into your head, music is generally the first thing that comes to mind. Discovering that the music legend owns a winery in Tuscany is a little strange; finding out the wines produced there are actually wonderful is borderline astonishing.  It isn’t necessarily surprising that so many rock stars and […] Continue reading

Scotch Review: Arran Orkney Bere

This limited release bottling from one of our favourite distilleries combines a little taste of history along with the soft, sexy style that has become the trademark Arran’s whiskies. Made in conjunction with the Agronomy Institue of Orkney College, this whisky uses a heritage strain of barley known as bere. Bere barley is Scotland’s oldest […] Continue reading