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Kitchen Considerations

Submitted by Brian Hanna Today’s blog appears to be taking a decidedly culinary twist. Let’s call them kitchen considerations. *** A sprinkling of toasted nuts will help draw out many dishes to the oak-accented flavours of barrel-aged Chardonnays. *** If your wine is more acidic than the dish you’re having with it, consider a couple ...

WORDS for WINE

by Brian Hanna Tasting wine with words can range from mechanical word descriptors, drained of vitality, such as: fruit-forward, buttery and lest we forget, ‘yummy!’; to something delivered from on high, say a papal encyclical, laden with lofty abstractions. Language is how we make sense of the worldly. Each subject needs its own language. The ...

SHAPING YOUR TASTE

by Brian Hanna Are you a synesthete? Do you feel vibrations, sense shapes, see colours, or hear sounds when tasting a wine? By definition, it’s the stimulation of one sensory pathway that leads or triggers automatic responses in a second sensory pathway. Can we experience wine by using a black ink pen and draw what ...

Finding Nuggets of Inspiration

By: Brian Hanna For Jeremy, it’s stargazing and for Ronald, it’s backgammon. Often, borne of necessity, we cultivate enticing, engrossing nuggets of passion.  In my case, it’s musing over restaurant wine lists culled from myriad websites around the globe. Wine lists are inventories of taste, authored by a few and well-intended for the measure and ...