Sweet excess: Port and Sherry

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Grace Hopper

Port and Sherry are a glory of flavour and meticulous process. We we will explore the way these wines are made and introduce you to the delicious richness they produce.

Meet John Skupny from Lang and Reed in Napa!

After years spent in the restaurant world Tracey and John Skupny developed a deep love for Cabernet Franc and in particular the way it is expressed in the Loire Valley. Bringing that finess and artistry to the grape in a region dominated by Cab Sauv has built them a unique and beautiful reputation. 

We are thrilled to have John here with us to share his story as well as his wines. Come discover why he is considered the master of Cabernet Franc.

Italy off the map

We all hear about the super tuscans of Bolgheri, the Chiantis of Tuscany and Barollos of Peidmonte. Lets journey a little further and experience the wines of the Marche, Puglia and Emilia.

The wines are as unique as the countryside and every bit as beautiful. Let us show you all that Italy has to offer beyond the usual stomping grounds.

Why do I like this wine? A class in palate and preference. Red Wine

How many times have you gone out, had a fantastic wine and had no idea why you liked it?

The point of this class is to break down major categories and flavors of wine. First and foremost we want to help you understand why you like the wines you like and how to find them again.

We will be trying wines and discussing the major characteristics from a consumer viewpoint. We will also discuss how to communicate that to be sure you get something you enjoy.

Ultimately it will give you tools to hone your palate and start your exploration.

Ice and Innovation; The Niagara Basin

“The Creator wished to bless the home of the Iroquois and he placed his immense hand upon the earth, and the impression it left was the Finger Lakes”  Melanie Zimmer

From fully oaked Reisling to brand new grapes developed just for this terroir and the evolution of icewine the Niagara basin is the place where the future becomes clear. Come find out this special region has become the proving ground for the most exciting ideas and flavors to come.

Voyage down the Rhone

The Rhone valley offers deep dark reds and lush full whites. The variety of soil types and climate are a true gift to the wine drinker.

The Road to the Black Sea: Romania

Go beyond the usual suspects of Italy and France. Have an adventure beyond the realm of old world wine you know and explore the wines of Romania. From Transylvania to Dealu Mare and the Black Sea, The delicious and diverse wine culture is producing some of Europe’s most exciting wines.

Wines of the Middle East, Definitely not middle of the road.

Spicy, intense and structured; the wines of Isreal and Lebanon are incredibly unique. The combination of unusual base grapes, unique climate and evocative soils bring something to the table you’re probably never experienced. 

Join us to find out what riches these wines have to offer.

Why do I like this wine? A class in palate and preference: White Wine

How many times have you gone out, had a fantastic wine and had no idea why you liked it?

The point of this class is to break down major categories and flavors of wine. First and foremost we want to help you understand why you like the wines you like and how to find them again.

We will be trying a series of wines and discussing the major characteristics from a consumer viewpoint. We will also discuss how to communicate to be sure you get something you enjoy.

Ultimately it will give you tools to hone your palate and start your exploration.

Southern Comfort; Chile

““I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.” – Pablo Neruda

The variety of geography and weather in Chile is nothing short of astounding!  This ecological wonderland allows for an almost endless variey and abundance of grapes to harvest. Learn how the worlds most famous grapes are grown here and about the new paths being broken!