It’s Tea Time…

Want to learn more about the drink that’s avidly consumed all over the world, second in popularity only to water? An ancient beverage that predates the building of the pyramids in Egypt, tea is a marvelously complex drink. It is the ultimate affordable luxury, though genuine tea enthusiasts will assemble just the right accessories and…

Aged to Perfection: Pu-Erh Tea

The specific terroir of pu-erh certainly matters when it comes to the tea’s flavour, but what matters most is how it’s processed and aged. I n the rarified world of fine tea, the tea that makes the most passionate collectors’ mouths water is certainly Pu-erh (pronounced poo-air). It’s distinctive, very expensive, and it’s unlike any…

Exquisite and Enchanting: Oolong Tea

Oolong teas fall between green and black teas in intensity and flavour. They can be delicate, fruity, and ethereal, or they can be deep, smoky, and brooding. The range of styles in Oolong teas is simply staggering Oolung Tea brewed with Macaroons (alchemy.ca) Perhaps no beverage in history is as desirable, complex, and coveted as…

Wine Knowledge

What exactly is “Fine Wine”? In the dictionary “fine” means excellent, or first rate, so the implication is that the wine is of the highest quality. But isn’t quality subjective? If one person finds a wine to be exceptional, will another? Will you? In the wine world, “Fine Wine” is a term reserved for truly…

The Wine Glass

If there is an issue that the wine connoisseur has generally struggled to gain acceptance around him, this is it. In the general impression, the quality of a wine is an absolute value; the good wine will be good regardless of the container. The connoisseur, however, knows that tasting is largely the domain of the…

The Most Important Italian Grapes

In an article originally penned for Berry Bros. & Rudd’s blog (bbrblog.com), Italy Specialist Chris Pollington compiles crib notes to a short-list of the Italy’s many hundred indigenous grapes – more than anywhere else in the world. Wine has been made in what is now Italy for at least three millennia, with invaders from all…

Italian Wine:

Ancient and Modern Perhaps in no other country in the world is wine so seamlessly integrated into culture and history as it is in Italy. From ancient times to modern, grapevines have woven their way through the nation’s history, farming, landscape, religion, and business interests. Though Italy is a country of many dialects, customs, and…