A New Generation of Greek Wines

Though not as well-known as their Italian, French, or Spanish counterparts, Greek wines are gaining in popularity as they become more readily available to North American consumers. From time immemorial, grapes have been cultivated in Greece, benefiting from its warm and sunny climate. However, the state of wine production in Greece is changing rapidly as a result of the…

The Innovative Side of Wine

“Innovation is not just about finding new ways, because sometimes the old ways are the innovation of today. We are rediscovering and reinterpreting the things we learned.” Set to the stunning landscapes of BC’s Okanagan Valley, this video takes a look at what actors in the region’s wine industry define as innovative. For many  of those interviewed,…

Course Summary – April 7 2016

We had our final course on April 7th. Unfortunately, the class was cut short because of scheduling constraints but we still managed to have a good course. We got to see and evaluate each others’ blogs one last time. I was impressed by my classmates’ blogs. They had all put a lot of effort into…

“France Falls From her Pedestal”

It is a testament to the importance of wine in the French psyche that Le Parisien newspaper felt it necessary to dedicate three pages covering the recent news that France was no longer the world’s biggest wine producer. It is also indicative of important changes taking place in the global wine industry such as the…

The Coravin

An exciting new development in the world of wine is the Coravin. It allows the user to pour  a glass of wine without having to remove the cork. As a result the wine doesn’t come into contact with oxygen thus greatly extending its shelf life. This is great news for wine bars and restaurants especially!…

Course Summary – March 23 2016

March 23rd was the first ever “Jeux de la terminologie”! A momentous occasion indeed. Dr. Caignon gave us terms such as “nanophotonics”, “aerogel”, “grapheme” and “optoinforatics”. We then had to create definitions for them. I was in a team—aptly named “The Cool and Friendly Terminologists”—with Susannah and Smadar. Coming up with definitions for the terms…

Canadian Wines are on the Rise!

Suggest a Canadian wine to someone and you’ll likely be met with skepticism, if not outright hostility. Aside from icewine, the Great White North isn’t exactly known for producing quality wine. But all that is changing. Thanks to hard work and tireless efforts to improve their product, Canadian wine producers are starting to gain some…

Le vin et la technologie

Les avances technologiques ne cessent de transformer nos vies. C’est surtout les progrès informatiques qui transforment profondément le monde que nous habitons. L’industrie du vin n’est pas à l’abri de ces changements. Les viticulteurs sont toujours à la rechereche de nouvelles technologies capable d’améliorer la production et la consommation du vin. L’article suivant de Benoist…

Africa: The Next Wine Frontier?

Until now, “African wine” has been virtually synonymous with “South African wine”. Indeed, South Africa vineyards produce some  excellent chenin blancs, rieslings and pinot noirs. South Africa even has its own signature varietal: pinotage. Pinotage gives wines of a deep-red colour with smoky, earthy aromas. However, wine in Africa is moving beyond South Africa’s borders. Wineries…

Natural Wine

A new trend in winemaking is so-called natural wine. But what exactly is natural wine? There is no agreed upon criteria  for natural wine. Generally, we can say that natural wine is “unadulterated”; no preservatives, chemicals or artificial aromas are added after vinification. Read the article below for more information on this new and exciting…

Red Obsession

A fascinating look at the effects of the skyrocketing demand for wine in China. Image Source