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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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Bubbles All Around!

Historically in Northeastern France, the cold weather would halt fermentation during the winter months, leaving it to restart in the As a result, we have today’s delicious and wonderful sparkling white wine, Champagne. The region of Champagne is dominated by many of the big brands we know today, such as Möet & Chandon or Veuve […]

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November 6

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What About Sparkling Sake?

My inclination to be sassy makes me want to say “What about sparkling sake?” when someone asks me this question. Of course, I only say it in my head so I don’t become a social recluse but it comes from my frustration with the category, where the sakes can be fresh and beautiful, made with […]

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November 3

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TLG Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Surrounded by many wine and sake lovers, we had another very successful portfolio tasting! Our annual event was joined by three guest breweries: Kazunari Shata of Tengumai Shata Shuzo, Munetaka Nakashima of Kozaemon Brewery, and Sato Mayumi of Hakkaisan Brewery. We also had Nina Saulnier Blache of SBC Wine & Sake from France, who joined […]

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October 4

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Sake, Wine & Everything Fine! | A Dinner Collaboration with Royal Dinette

A delicious and fantastic evening with Royal Dinette at our “Sake, Wine, and Everything Fine!” Event. What a great turnout we had; thank you to everyone who came to support the many producers we featured and paired with food prepared by chef Alden Ong and his team! The range of the portfolio was showcased to […]

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October 2

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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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