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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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CSWHomanWhat do you get when you combine a passionate winemaker with a European education and a background in hospitality? A charming and unpretentious gathering place that makes and sells great wine. Welcome to City Side Winery, a new spot in Vancouver that is redefining the local wine scene.

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J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon


Posted on Jun 23, 2016

Paso Robles WineLohr Vineyards and Wines is the creation of Jerry Lohr, a South Dakota farmboy turned land developer who became one of the founding fathers of the Central Coast wine producing region in California. Lohr did extensive research before assembling land in the Monterey and Paso Robles regions on which he planted grapes in the early 1970s.

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Chateau Trotanoy

Chateau Trotanoy


Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Trotanoy (pronounced trot-an-wah) sits atop the plateau in Pomerol, the small appellation of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, known for making tiny quantities of Bordeaux’s finest (and often, most expensive) red wines. Like its neighbours, Petrus, Lafleur and Le Pin, it makes stunningly rich and complex wines that will age for an eternity and are extremely difficult to acquire.

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Cass Winery (Paso Robles)

Cass Winery (Paso Robles)


Posted on Jun 8, 2016

Through a wine glassNestled about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies the city of Paso Robles, or more correctly, El Paso de Robles (the Pass of the Oaks). And while most people think of Napa and Sonoma as the hotbed of California wines, Paso is quickly gaining notoriety amongst wine lovers as an area not only for producing great wine but also for providing an unpretentious wine country experience. Cass Winery perfectly embodies this spirit of relaxed yet quality living.

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