Monthly Archives: April 2013

A dinner with Brothers in the Temple of the Table

When seasoned Templars of the Table meet for dinner, a very special thing happens.  In psychiatric jargon, we regress in the service of the ego.  Translated into plain English, we deliberately and consciously think, feel and behave like happy pre-schoolers.  … Continue reading

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Bargain-hunter heads-up!

On Friday May 3 I’ll be sitting down with Greg Dunlop at LCBO headquarters to taste a case of “estate wines” from Europe and the New World priced under $10.   I should have the notes posted within a few days … Continue reading

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Wine as medicine and nutrition in old France

Click on the link to get a preview of a show about wine’s role in pre-revolutionary France.  It will be broadcast on the History Channel in Canada this Friday and Saturday.  : http://youtu.be/QpOw4pqIaa8

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Temple of the Table, CBC Radio One Fresh Air, April 14, 2013

The link below will get you to an interview I did with Karen Gordon (a wonderful broadcaster and good friend) on “Fresh Air,” CBC Radio One’s province-wide weekend morning radio show.  I hope you enjoy it.. http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2379480944

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A Brief History of Wine

The origins of fermented beverages are lost in the mists of time, but it’s a safe bet that they were discovered by accident.  Some poor soul stored fruit or grain soup in a clay, wooden or hide vessel and forgot … Continue reading

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My Dinner with Hannibal

Twelve years ago I visited my eldest daughter who was studying in Florence.  We attended the premier of the film “Hannibal” (Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal psychiatrist), which takes place in that city.  In the movie Hannibal is obliged to cut … Continue reading

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South African wine

In 2010 I toured and tasted in South Africa with fellow members of the English-based Circle of Wine Writers.  The scenery was stunningly lovely, as were the wines.    Before the fall of the Apartheid regime, most of South Africa’s … Continue reading

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