Brian’s Blog

Self Restraint…Discipline

 Moderation in consumption is one matter while the elements of discipline and self restraint yet another. Example in point: two recently released reds, both from the winery’s South Bay Vineyard, 2017 Merlot and 2017 Cabernet Franc. 2017 was subject to an unquestionably wet start. Unrelenting rain in May through mid- June to reveal a sunny ...

How To Drink Huff Wines Responsibly

Riesling Off Dry – This is an ideal wine for sipping on the patio while sharing some laughs and memories with some long-time friends… or for those who live with their cat a TGIF Netflix night will also do. All Day Rosé – As the name suggests, perfect for enjoying no matter what time of ...

Showcasing “Terroir”

By: Brian Hanna (Sommelier, ACSP) Why can’t you buy a loaf of bread and tell where the wheat was grown, or savour a lemon and say instantly whether it comes from Spain, Mexico or Florida. The ANSWER: This is what marks wine from almost any other agricultural product known to us. I suppose if you ...

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 ...