March Over to Le Marche

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Mark DeWolf | Wine Discovery It’s said that Umbria lies in the shadow of Tuscany. The region doesn’t get the volume of tourists, nor do the names of its wines drip off the tongue like Chianti does. Then there is the Le Marche (leh mahr-kay), on the other side of Umbria, a province wedged between the…

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Canadian Club’s Dan Tullio: The Godfather of Whisky

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Mark DeWolf | Cocktail Confidential Beam Suntory’s Master Ambassador of Canadian Whisky has earned his title and his moniker. To many, Dan Tullio is better known as ‘The Godfather of Whisky.’ The nickname is well-earned. Tullio has been working the whisky trade for 36 years and over that time, has earned numerous distinctions for his efforts. A…

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Soave and Valpolicella: Venetian treasures

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Mark DeWolf | Wine Discovery Venice has long been considered one of Italy’s wealthiest cities. Its initial wealth can be attributed to its strategic position at the head of the Adriatic Sea, making it both a naval power and the most important center of trade connecting Europe with Asia and the Byzantine Empire. The city’s riches…

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Piedmont Reds

Mark DeWolf | Wine Discovery Piedmont may be in the shadow of the Alps but the sun is shining on its wine industry. Piedmont or Piemonte, as it’s known in Italy, is home to some of that country’s most revered wines as well as some of its least pretentious. The region is a veritable epicurean…

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A taste of curry and local IPA

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Mark DeWolf | BEER BUILDING BLOCKS Curry takes many different forms, as cultural and regional differences within India produce a staggering amount of variations. If you are like me, even though you know curry has so many different permutations for mid-week dining, it’s often just a dish that you add curry powder to as a means…

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Bordeaux Blends

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Mark DeWolf California vintners in the 1960s and ’70s made grape varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon famous. Over the last decade, or two, California has returned to its roots as red blends are making a big comeback. Blended wines range from traditional Bordeaux blends (known in California as Meritage) made using the same…

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Caldera’s Jarret Stuart: one of Nova Scotia’s newest, brightest distillers

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Johanne McInnis Hurricane 5 Canadian Whisky was one of my best new discoveries at the Festival of Whisky this year. I also had the pleasure of interviewing the owner and mastermind, Jarret Stuart, when I visited Caldera Distilling this summer. Originally from Calgary, Stuart began his career as a project manager for a large engineering…

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