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The Champagne guide

If you’re interested in wine and the name Tyson Stelzer doesn’t sound familiar living in the northern hemisphere, trust us it soon will. His resume presents very notable credentials including current International Wine & Spirit Wine Communicator of the Year. Not just content to being a wine writer, he uses all mediums to reach wine enthusiasts worldwide including authoring numerous articles and books, speaking at wine events worldwide, as well as hosting his own television series. AdVINEtures recently had the privilege to correspond with him about wine, specifically Champagne, given the release of the fourth edition of his 15th book, The Champagne Guide, along with the launch of his personalized Champagne Tour next month. Our only regret is that being halfway around the world meant missing out on meeting him in person. But you can bet by the passion and knowledge in his responses below we’re definitely considering a visit to Australia in the near future. Tyson, as the responses below show, not only knows his subject thoroughly, he communicates it clearly, making it both interesting and it easy to understand.

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The Tiny Giant

The Tiny Giant


Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Chiang Mai thailandAt barely 5 feet tall and in stark contrast to the enormous creatures that reside at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Sangduen “Lek” (Thai for “small”) Chailert easily stands tall among them. But what she lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in passion and perseverance.  The founder of Save Elephant Foundation (www.saveelephant.org ), Lek has spent the past 35 years rescuing and advocating on behalf of animals, most notably the Asian elephant.

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Woodinville SignsUnless you’re a resident of Washington State or a serious fan of Washington wine, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Woodinville.  Located just a 20 minute drive north of Seattle, Woodinville is a small suburb that is home to more than 140 wineries and tasting rooms featuring wines predominantly made in the Walla Walla, Columbia and Yakima Valleys in the southeastern part of the state. And while wine is the reason we discovered this somewhat hidden gem, it’s the wine combined with the outstanding food, and genuine local hospitality that keeps us coming back.

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Sunlight through glassIn Pursuit of Balance (“IPOB”) is the creation of rock-star sommelier and now winery owner Rajat Parr and vineyard owner Jasmine Hirsch. Just exactly what is IPOB is not easy to answer. A group of like-minded California wine-makers? A marketing collective? A wine seminar producer? An ideological movement? It is all of the foregoing, or at least it was, but 5 years after being created, and arguably at the height of its power and popularity it has suddenly, and of its own volition, decided to end its existence at the end of 2016.

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Bodegas  Pintia

Bodegas  Pintia


Posted on Aug 3, 2016

Spanish WinePintia is one of the creations of Spain’s (arguably) most famous winery: Vega Sicilia. The lineage of this wine is so important to how it has achieved greatness, that Pintia must be understood in the context of its forebears.

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Photo: Richard Duval Images

Photo: Richard Duval Images

There are few things better than drinking great wine, and without question one of those things for us is drinking great wine while simultaneously contributing to a great cause. Next month the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) will be hosting its annual charity event in Woodinville August 18th – 20th, and regardless of whether you’re a relative newcomer to wine, a wine enthusiast or full blown oenophile, it is definitely an experience not to be missed.

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Township 7 Winery (BC)

Township 7 Winery (BC)


Posted on Jul 20, 2016

BC WineTownship 7 Winery is actually two wineries: one in Langley, BC and one in Naramata, in the Okanagan Valley. It opened its winery in Langley in 2001, just a year after the first grapes were planted. The original founders, Corey and Gwen Coleman were two University of Saskatchewan graduates (both B.Comms) who left the prairies to learn the wine business first-hand in the Okanagan. Corey worked at winemaking and sourcing grapes from local producers. Gwen was a marketing consultant who had several wineries as clients. They teamed up and headed down to the coast to start their own winery in Langley.

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