NATIONAL POST Friday, May 30, 2008 Presented by I know I should let this breathe, but… Margaret Swaine, National Post These are some of the questions I am asked more frequently about wine: Are wine words baloney? In short, no. All those descriptors mean something. Heck, there are even lengthy lexicons of wine words. There […]

By Margaret Swaine 1. What are some good wine accessories worth buying? Until screwcaps become ubiquitous, the most essential is a corkscrew. There are many types, styles and price levels. The most basic is the sommelier corkscrew that looks like a pocketknife with the worm (i.e. screw that winds into the cork) and foil blade […]

by Margaret Swaine For several decades now, in any given month I am likely to be sampling hundreds of wines sometimes as part of glamorous multi-course dinners, other times as grueling early morning marathons of a hundred or more bottles. The setting can be as rudimentary as a bare bones lab in Toronto or as […]

A wine judge on how the winning vintages are chosen By Margaret Swaine Award winning wines sport their medals like proud soldiers after a victory. Mostly these wines deserve their accolades but every battle is different; some are more hard won than others. Much depends upon the organization behind the competition, the skill of the […]

By Margaret Swaine November 22, 2003 Let’s begin with a short history of Tuscany. Then I’ll take you to modern day and the story of the super Tuscans. The wines in the glasses in front of you are all full and flavourful reds built for the modern palate. Some are made with the traditional grape […]

By Margaret Swaine It’s no secret or surprise that the favourite region for many in the wine business is Tuscany. Where else is such a combo of idyllic countryside, beautiful historic buildings, art, food and wine. John Matta, owner and winemaker at the Chianti Classico estate of Castello Vicchiomaggio, has all this as part of […]