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2015 ends and 2016 trends

I'm a bit late to this #bye2015hello2016 stuff! Anyways, I've said it way too many times than you care to read: I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. But this is the first year where reflecting and looking forward to the next year has felt the least forced. Despite my abrupt and perhaps ephemeral positivity, I won't be superimposing any fortune cookie pieces of advice onto filtered landscapes anytime soon - March seems to be my I-fucking-hate-everything downfall month anyway, so we'll see how much my outlook relapses. At the beginning of 2015, I made the tongue-in-cheek resolution to be a bit more selfish: to not to be guilt-ridden about having a balanced serving of things that make me happy and to give less of a shit about what...

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Exams and grand slams

It's done. I've completed (or performed, rather, since we'll find out whether or not I've actually completed the thing come September) the last unit I needed to complete for the WSET Diploma! I'm tempted to prance around maniacally while getting drunk really quickly on this fantastically sunny day, but September will have to wait for even bigger celebrations, I suppose. Which calls for fancy Cava instead of Champagne, maybe?! I mean, no, of course, but I bought this already so let's. In a couple of days I envision myself in a state of academic and mental paralysis. I will have a weird need to study, and I will give in. Someone make me watch a TV series or something! Alta Alella "Laietà" 2011 Gran Reserva...

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Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015: “All About Syrah”

Legit tried to give my ticket away or sell it just hours before like a chump, because the previous day's Australian Shiraz tasting made me seriously question what possessed me to buy a ticket to an event where I was subject to taste eleven more Syrah wines. No ma'am. I couldn't even give my ticket away to someone for free, as he reluctantly looked at me as if I'd just knocked on his door and asked if his life had been saved by Syrah yet. I thought it was a bad sign when some sort of false fire alarm went off right when the beginning of the event rolled around. As soon as I was going to test if the rhythm would match up...

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I suck at wine: 2014 VIWF Blind Tasting Challenge

My 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival activities begun on Wednesday! Insert majestic trumpet sounds here. I was really scared for the Blind Tasting Challenge (at the Pacific Culinary Institute of Arts) on said morning . This mostly meant barely being able to keep my breakfast in my stomach, listening to Glee's rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade" on repeat for high energy (do you hate me yet?), and then thinking that coffee was a bad idea. A classmate saw me looking at the water as I was listening to music and taking refreshing winter breaths of Granville Island air - she was just as nervous as I, but another classmate told us we were more jittery and nervous than we...

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2008 Thelema Shiraz

My first whiff and I muttered "woah", which prompted my classmate to throw me a "I know right?" look. There are a lot of things going in this wine, aroma-wise, and there's a concentrated character to boot. Barnyard and slight ashy meaty aromas are well balanced by fruit and a firm but ripe structure. A complete steal for $29 dollars....

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nine bottles for six bodies

[caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="695"] mmmmmm.[/caption] Yeah - part of my job is that I get to taste a lot of wines. It's really helping with stressful midterm season, and my co-workers and I decided to taste some stuff at one of our houses (Thanks! I'm sure we annoyed your neighbours oops). Unfortunately one of us was sick and couldn't make it, which really sucks because we tasted some pretty cool things, but I guess more wine for us OH WELL. Also, we all had these blind with the exception for the last one, which is always fun. I'm glad everyone waited for a co-worker and I to close and travel to the place - I'm sure everyone was itching to open the...

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