Month: January 2016

Book Review: Orhan’s Inheritance
Book Reviews

Book Review: Orhan’s Inheritance

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather dies, he bequeathed only the decades-old vertically integrated business to his grandson, and the family homer to a strange woman living in an Armenian retirement home in California. Orhan travels to California in an attempt to get the lady to sign documents declaring that […]

Book Review: Better off dead
Book Reviews

Book Review: Better off dead

The author served fro 32 years in the military and had six overseas missions under his belt, including one year in Sarajevo. After his retirement from active service due to PTSD, he was employed as a civilian peer support coordinator, assisting soldiers and veterans with their “service related” psychological injuries. […]

New Zealand Wine Fest
Wine Wine Reviews

Tasting New Zealand Wines

New Zealand’s North- and South Islands produce wines in Otago, Marlborough, Nelson are notable regions on teh South Island. The North Island’s somewhat warmer than Marlborough most notable region is Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels is somewhat warmer than the region on average and the soil composition more suitable […]

Portuguese Tasting
Wine

Portugal’s indigenous grape varieties

Modern viticulturists in most countries with moderate climates succumbed to the allure of world famous French grape varieties like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, syrah just to name a few. Riesling is also popular, but much less, because of its specific terroir requirements. Portuguese growers […]

Halpern Enterprises portfolio tasting 2015
Wine Wine Reviews

Halpern Enterprises portfolio tasting 2015

I always look forward to the annual Halpern Enterprises’ cru fundraising event. The wines are always well selected, and outstanding. While some of the wines are general list, many periodical Vintages offerings, many are either consignment or private order products. Consignment orders can be filled in a few days; private […]

Tasting wine
Wine Wine Reviews

Tasting wines on the Niagara parkway

Niagara parkway that runs from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara falls my ne one of the most scenic drives in the country. All houses are well maintained, architecturally pleasing, studded with historic sites and wineries that maintain tasting rooms for interested parties, and sell their wines to those who like what they […]

Bar Raval
Restaurants

Bar Raval – Toronto

Torontonians are privileged to select the bar or pub they prefer. There are thousands of pubs and bars catering to thirsty souls, who also want to discuss daily happenings in the city, or throughout the world. Bar Raval on College Street, conceived and owned by Grant van Gameren is unique […]

Aftershock
Book Reviews

Book Review: Aftershock

Harbour pilots fulfil important function in guiding ships in and out of harbours all over the world. Many lives depend on their knowledge of the waters, their skills and judgement. Occasionally, thankfully seldom, thing go wrong, sometimes very wrong and people die. One such incident happened December 6, 1917 when […]