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Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

Current events + our random ramblings on wine, sake and the lovely cities we call home.

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Aligoté – A delicious grape from Burgundy!

Ask anyone around you to name a white grape variety from Bourgogne and chances are you’ll get the familiar answer of, Chardonnay. That’s no surprise! Many wine drinkers may not be familiar with other varieties, including Aligoté, which even has its own appellations in Bourgogne! Aligoté has characteristics of refreshing citrus and subtle spices; similar to it’s varietal […]

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June 29

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Enjoy Sake in Summer!

Summer is just around the corner in Vancouver and it is time to enjoy summer sake! While beer is often traditionally seen to be the drink of summer, sake seems poised to overtake that title. Although there is no technical definition for “summer sake”, sake breweries are releasing more and more light and refined, fresh […]

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June 26

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Heroic Viticulture – AKA Priorat!

Every two years the organization that regulates the Priorat wine region – The DOQ Priorat- brings approximately 50 wine professionals from around the world to the small and rather remote towns of Priorat to immerse themselves in the vines and wines, so they can better understand the wines created there and how the magic of the region contributes to […]

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June 25

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Umeshu is so much more than you think it is…

Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liqueur made from ume fruit steeped in alcohol (typically in shochu or sake) and sugar. It is sweet, fruity, and tangy and can be enjoyed in various ways; straight, on the rocks, or with soda. Umeshu has a long history; first referenced in an early culinary book that was published […]

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May 26

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May 1

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Report from London – IWC Sake Judging

written by Mariko Tajiri   The International Wine Challenge is the biggest wine competition in the world. The sake category is in its 11th year with over 1100 sakes and I was lucky enough to participate this year as a judge for the first time. There were 64 judges this year from all over the […]

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May 1

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Why Fresh Isn’t Always Better | Sake

written by Mariko Tajiri Millions of people flock to Tsukiji Market each year to watch the fish auction, walk around the market and enjoy some of the best seafood the world has to offer. It’s a breathtaking sight, seeing fish from all over Japan and the world land in this small and very cramped place. […]

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March 29

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Manzanilla. Yes you need it! | Sherry

written by Margaux Burgess Walking through the streets of Sanlucar de Barrameda in the spring is a wholly different experience than walking the streets of Jerez.  Jerez is full of orange trees and wafts of azahar while Sanlucar de Barrameda is the salty savoury scent of Manzanilla.  It permeates the air as if the entire […]

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March 29

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Caution! Fake Information Re: Henri Bonneau | Notice

Dear That’s Life Gourmet Ltd. Customers, We just have been informed by the domaine, Henri Bonneau, that a Danish merchant, RARE WINE, is offering VINTAGE 2012 from Domaine Henri Bonneau in Chateauneuf Du Pape.  This is FAKE information because the wine is still in barrels at the domaine.  Please be aware of this notice. Thanks!

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March 3

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Hanami

written by Mariko Tajiri ~ If you’re in Japan in the Spring, there are a few things you should be doing. First, there are the cherry blossoms. Everyone talks about them because they’re like nothing you’ve seen before and you should go see them. Better yet, have a picnic under the blooming trees because that’s […]

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February 28

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