Cognac: A luxurious taste of history

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Mark DeWolf|Cocktail Confidential   The Cognac region, with its gentle rolling hills and sleepy country towns, lays a short drive north of Bordeaux and just a quick river barge ride away from the Atlantic Ocean. Here in quiet cellars, blissfully unaware of the world around them, rests some of the world’s most luxurious spirits. Their…

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Beer Book Baskets

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Mark DeWolf|Beer Building Blocks   If you just can’t bring yourself to give your husband another tie, or your wife another bottle of perfume this holiday season, then consider appealing to their sense of sight, taste and smell this season by creating a special beer-inspired gift basket accompanied with a book on the subject. A…

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Three great wines for the holidays

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Mark DeWolf|Wine Discovery   If you’re like me, you can almost smell the turkey or prime rib roasting in the oven. It’s Christmas time, which in my home means a great excuse to celebrate with wines I’ve been eying over the past year. Superb with Seafood Many of my friends celebrate New Year’s with a…

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Hey, Hey Beaujolais!

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Mark DeWolf There is a joyous nature to the release of Beaujolais Nouveau. The annual event takes place tomorrow, where every year, Beaujolais producers release their freshly fermented grape juice on the third Thursday of November. Beaujolais Nouveau seems to transcend its wine-ness. In truth, it is a wine style that isn’t about contemplation or…

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Vietnamese cuisine; local beer pairing

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‘When it comes to the brews to pair, I often instinctively reach for a similarly light and fragrant style. While American-style Pales Ales would have the citrus tones to match, their bold flavours often overpower the light texture of classic Vietnamese dishes . . .’ Mark DeWolf I’ve always loved Vietnamese cuisine. The flavour is…

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Alberta Premium Rye Whiskies

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The start of a great Canadian rye cocktail Mark DeWolf The rye revolution has begun. Whisky enthusiasts, who had long passed by the “rye whisky” section, are now seeking out versions made with a large amount, and even 100 per cent, rye. By law, Canadian whisky familiarly known as rye whisky, is typically made from…

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Crowning Achievements

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Mark DeWolf Crown Royal, one of Canada’s stalwart Canadian Whisky brands came to the world’s attention last year when its Northern Harvest Rye was awarded the 2016 World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray. “Rye, that most eloquent of grains, not just turning up to charm and enthral but to also take us through…

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