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Mouthfeel: Confessions of a Wine Slut

Working in a winery tasting room is not always the beautiful experience the bucolic setting would suggest. A glance behind the “Employees Only” door often reveals an intimidating landscape of high drama and low morals, where good taste meets bad manners.
 
This is where I got my start in the wine business.

Mouthfeel: Confessions of a Wine Slut
is the story of one woman’s search for love and livelihood in wine country.

Mouthfeel is the first memoir to present an authentic and opinionated view of the Sonoma County wine scene.

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Stocked Up: Pitching for Change at Vancouver Soup – Edible Vancouver, Spring 2017 

What do you get when Vacouverites mix community activism with democratic capitalism, add a pinch of soul food, and stir? You get Vancouver SOUP, a delicious way to crowdfund community projects on a full stomach.

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A Taste of Gastown’s Past – Edible Vancouver, Autumn 2016

In all the times I’ve passed through Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, I’d never noticed that half of the side pillars are flat. Nor did I know why: The Canadian Pacific Railway ran out of money for round pillars when they built the terminal back in 1914. These factoids were entertainingly illuminated on a recent Taste Vancouver Food Tour of Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood.

Hemp Biz Journal cover

It’s hard to believe that the modern hemp industry is over 20 years old. When I started publishing the bimonthly newsletter, HempWorld — The International Hemp Journal, in 1994 there were only a couple dozen hemp companies in the nascent industry to write about.

BC Zinfandel - Edible Vancouver

The Great BC Zinfandel Roundup – Edible Vancouver, April 2016

When Zinfandel rolled into California in the mid-nineteenth century, its identity was as mysterious as Clint Eastwood’s in High Plains Drifter. The grape thrived in California’s warm climate and was often blended as a jug wine with the more tannic Petit Syrah to give it backbone. BC is now the third largest Zinfandel region behind California and Australia. But there are differences.

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