Peter Rockwell, for metro canada

Irish spirit

Since only one quarter of me can trace itself back to the Emerald Isle, my Irish eyes usually just smile when a new U2 album gets released (which coincidentally was earlier this month) and on Saint Patrick’s Day.Though no stranger to the making of great booze I can’t imagine that any Irishman would...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 7:26 AM

Old friends

Whoever coined the phrase “the past is the past” never envisioned Facebook. While hearing from old high school chums and former flames may not appeal to everybody, my Facebook experience has been a hoot — especially when friends post long forgotten images of us from back in the day. I’ve been...

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7:00 AM

Thrifty thirst

Forget about country, region, producer or even grape variety; if my email inbox is any indication when it comes to wine, the only thing many of you are interested in during these turbulent times is something to sip on that doesn’t drain what’s left in your bank accounts.Blame the economy. As it...

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 8:20 AM

Cinema sipping

In these trying times nothing beats my recessionary blues like watching rich people prance around in fancy frocks and jewelry worth more than my house. They’ll be plenty of both at the Oscars this Sunday; and like oodles of other little people around the world I’ll be watching with bated breath to...

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:56 AM

Bubbly love

Here’s a question for all the guys out there. Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I’m betting most of you aren’t. Since it’s on a Saturday this year there’s no excuse for you not to whip up a little brunch in bed for your sweetie accompanied by a glass of some liquid passion.For me there’s no sexier...

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6:50 AM

Pizza picks

If you’ve ever been to Italy you know the way we treat pizza in Canada is a crime. Over there the combination of dough, tomatoes, mozzarella and toppings is an art form. Here, with some notable exceptions, our attempt at a good pie is a bore that takes an hour to deliver.It drives me crazy because...

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:46 AM

Down south

While I’ve gone to a lot of far out places to wet my whistle the furthest so far has got to be South Africa.With a layover in London my trip last fall to the Western Cape took over thirty hours, but it was worth it to get some lips-on perspective as to what’s hot and happening in its unique wine...

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6:53 AM

Long lost grape

When it comes to grapes there’s been a lot of excitement in the vineyards over the last few years. We’ve seen the return of long forgotten whites (riesling, sauvignon blanc), the rise of the South American red (malbec, carménère) and Obama-sized adulation for inventive blends (like the marriage of...

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7:10 AM

Comfort wines

While I’ve never needed any added incentive, the recent blend of crappy weather and an even crappier economy have surely been enough to drive even the most determined teetotaler to drink.With the way the world’s spinning lately the search for wines that combine a decent price with drinkable juice...

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 6:40 AM