Vintage One: Where to Make Wine in Toronto

Make-your-own-wine stores have always had a dodgy reputation: The strip-mall locations, the invariably cheesy names (D-I-Wine, Wine Not?), the el cheapo ingredients. You’ve probably been at a get-together where the host proudly whips out his crookedly labelled bottle of aftershave-spiked fruit punch. But it doesn’t have to be this way. … Read More

Wine Wars: The Past, Present and Future of Rioja

There’s a war raging over Rioja, a wine, usually red, named for a region in northeastern Spain. Historically admired for its subtle, oak-aged wonders, Rioja is at the centre of a worldwide conflict over just wine should taste. Jonathan Nossiter underlined Rioja’s troubles in his 2007 book, Taste and Power. … Read More

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