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Rod Phillips
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Improving my quality of life one sip at a time
Improving my quality of life one sip at a time

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The data shows that household spending drops well below the annual average in the weeks following Thanksgiving up until the 3rd week of November. The fact is that you don’t have to give a good glass of wine with dinner or after a hard day, you just have…

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Best Buy ~ Black Hills 2014 Syrah #bcwine

The main thrust of this blog is to weed through the masses of under $20 wines to find the true values. Having said that, every so often I come across a wine that is over $20, that grabs my attention and excitement. This is one of those wines. Released to…

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After a bit of a summer ending break I am back it and will have a number of posts in the coming weeks. First will be my take on a new release wine out of the Okanagan (yeah, you want to get on this wine). Followed by some notes on tasting aged wines and…

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Over Delivers ~ Blue Grouse 2015 Pinot Gris #bcwine

In the late 90’s I worked for a wine importer the owner of which had a penchant for European wines. We had a great portfolio and it featured some brilliant Alsatian (France) white wines. I fell in love with Pinot Gris from Alsace. To me it seemed that the…

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Rock the Shores happens again this weekend and my long term colleague Glen Barlow has put together some great bevvie choices. Among them is one of my favourite Rosés on the market right now, the 2015 Quill Rosé from Blue Grouse. Think of how beautiful it…

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Are BC's Liquor Distribution Woes Fixable?

This week saw a first from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch; an apology letter. A letter was send to every wholesale customer of the LDB. Given that they have a monopoly on all imported product and spirits, this mean close to 12,000 businesses was saw…

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Box Wines For Camping & The Cottage.

Heading out of town? Going camping or to the cottage? One of the smartest ways to take wine with you is to take a box of wine; yes a box of wine. I know the impression is that box wine is total plonk, but here in BC, that is because we have always only…

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Best Buy/Must Buy ~ Red Boot Italian Red 9.2/10 #U$10

If you don’t have time to read this post, then simply drop everything and run out and buy as much of this win as you can! It is the end of the school year and we always give our kids teachers the gift of a bottle of wine. As it happens we needed to stop…

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Over Delivers ~ Domaine de Pellehaut Rosé

Have you ever watched the move My Summer In Provence? Every scene that involves a meal has a bottle of Rosé. It makes perfect sense because Rosé can be incredibly refreshing and wonderfully versatile. In fact Rosé goes with a broader spectrum of foods…

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Over Delivers ~ Lovico 2013 Gamza #winesofbulgaria

You know that part of the store that you walk past each time. Typically it is the dark corner where the dust bunnies hold their daily get togethers. This is where retailers categories that have the lowest sales, but have enough sales to justify being in…
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