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About iwolkoff

Irvin Wolkoff is a psychiatrist and wine journalist who has been a wine enthusiast and collector since his university days.

Baha Beauty: A Claret Lookalike from Mexico

Hiro Yoshida, the proprietor of Hiro Sushi in Toronto (416 304-0550) and a cherished friend, came to dinner at our house and brought a remarkable bottle of wine with him: Passion Meritage Ojos Negros 2004.  This Bordeux-blend beauty from Bodegas … Continue reading

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Burgundy Coming Around

Burghounds thronged the recent Burgundy tasting at the Arta Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District to taste the region’s red and white wines.   My decades-long immersion in wine began in Toronto in 1974 with red Burgundy.  One night Elizabeth Vinassac, … Continue reading

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Maison Ruinart Still Knocking it Out of the Park at Age 288

Benedictine Monk Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709) was a friend and confidant of the more famous champagne-making monk Dom Pérignon.  The Dom’s nephew Thierry Ruinart (1697-1769), a linen trader, presented his shmata customers with sparkling wine as a kind of loyalty … Continue reading

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Bollinger: Still Delivering the Goods

Bollinger is a venerable and highly regarded Champagne producer.  Founded in 1829, the house has survived the region’s engulfment in wars, revolutions, economic depressions and waves of destructive vineyard plagues and is now at the top of its game.  The … Continue reading

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Champagne Jacques Selosse

The Selosse family had been growing grapes in Champagne for centuries when Jacques Selosse began bottling his own wines in 1959.  Hedging his bet, he continued to sell much of his crop to Lanson.  He needn’t have worried.  His wines … Continue reading

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Champagne Jacquesson

Champagne Jacquesson was established in 1798.  The house flourished through the 19th century under the eponymous founding family.  In 1920 ownership passed to a broker, Léon de Tassigny.  In 1974 the business was purchased by Jean Chiquet.  The baton passed … Continue reading

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Canada-EU CETA Deal Could Ease Drinks’ Costs in the Great White North (from Drinks Business, Feb. 15, 2017)

Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal <!– https://jasny.github.io/bootstrap/dist/js/jasny-bootstrap.min.js –> Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal 15th February, 2017 by Arabella Mileham The EU has voted to ratify a controversial trade deal with Canada which will boost the exports of drinks … Continue reading

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