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  • All posts by Nick Jeffrey

    • Etruscan Excellence

      We owe a lot to the ancient Etruscan civilization, a wealthy and powerful nation-state that existed from 900BCE to 100BCE.  The Etruscans were eventually assimilated...

    • Spirits of Japan

      Japan is home to one of the ancient civilizations of the world, and like any of the great empires of history, has a long relationship...

    • Patagonia Pinot

      While browsing the aisles of my local bottle shop last week, I came across an unfamiliar selection of Pinot Noir from Argentina. Experienced boozers in...

    • Joie To The World

      Long timel readers may recall that I make an annual pilgrimage to the Okanagan Valley of BC to sip my way through the tasting rooms...

    • Radical Retsina

      The Greeks have a long and storied history with wine. While there is archeological evidence of other countries cultivating grapes into various states of fermentation...

    • Barbera-ians At The Gate

      Art, architecture, food, and wine.  What’s not to love about Italy?  From time immemorial, Italy has been spreading its culture across the world, dating back...

    • Well Blau Me Down

      I was browsing the aisles of my friendly neighbourhood booze merchant last week, when I bumped into one of those in-store tastings hosted by a...

    • Sour Power

      The craft beer revolution continues to gain new adherents every day, with adventurous brewmasters reviving lost styles and looking for inspiration throughout history. One example...

    • Spirits of Christmas

      It has begun.  The incessant cacophony of holiday music has been grating on my tender ears for the past few weeks.  It seems to begin...

    • Any Port In A Storm

      Portugal is often considered a one-trick pony in the world of wine, being famous for their eponymous Port, but not much else. Prepare to be...