Wine-making Canadians in Napa – Meet Ray Signorello Jr.

Over the holidays, I had the pleasure of reading Canada’s #truepatriotlove poster boy, Mike Myers. His memoir, Canada, is the former SNL funnyman’s unabashed love letter to Canada and his critical take on what traits define our country. A “bastion of progressive ideals”, “a country where I am my brother’s keeper”, the “heartland of civility”…

Counter Culture goes Mainstream: The arrival of Weed Wine (part 2)

When 60’s folk icon Bob Dylan wrote “….everybody must get stoned,” he could never have imagined a counter culture drug would be so common, so regulated, sooooo corporate. But here we are at the end of 2017, pot will be legal in California come January and across Canada by July 1st. Riding into the middle…

Taste Canada Awards Gala: Wine Pairing with Canada’s Top Chefs

There was a cornucopia of culinary royalty at the 20th annual Taste Canada Awards Gala/Les Laureats des Saveurs du Canada held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto last month. The red carpet was rolled out to honour Canada’s finest cookbook authors, publishers and food bloggers with 24 Gold and Silver awards given out. Categories ranged from…

Tasting Notes: Rangeland Wines and the Wines of Paso Robles

Rangeland is one of the best-kept secrets in Paso and Paso is one of the best-kept secrets in the wine-world. It didn’t take me long to figure that out. The awareness challenge that I talked about in my first Paso post, is changing….slowly. The community is banding together to help get Paso the recognition it…

From Vine to Wine: Harvest Curriculum @ Rangeland Winery

Harvest is a feverish, high-energy time in the vineyard and winery. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing seven months of nature’s miracle growth transition from vine to wine. Our* 10 days of working harvest with Paul Hinschberger and vineyard manager Patrick Hamilton were not only rich in curriculum, but they were fun. SO. MUCH. FUN….

Part 2 – Working the #2017 Paso Robles Vintage @ Rangeland Wines

I decided earlier this spring it was time for another harvest experience. I can drink wine till the cows come home (see exhibit A) but as an educator, I know the best learning happens when students are given hands on, real-world experience and – most importantly – responsibility for making real-world decisions. In the wine…