Author Archives: W John Switzer

About W John Switzer

I am wine writer, educator and tour guide. Since 2005 I have written a bi-weekly newsletter, the Winesights Vintages Newsletter. I hold the WSET Diploma, I am a WSET Certified Educator, I teach in the WSET program at the Independent Wine Education Guild in Toronto where I am the Director of the WSET Diploma program. Since 2010 I have been a judge at Decanter World Wine Awards on the Rhône panel. I am a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

Cottage country mixed case – 2014 edition (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I published tasting notes on a somewhat random selection of wines available at local LCBO stores located many miles from major urban centres (and many miles from fashionable cottage towns in places like Muskoka and … Continue reading

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LCBO vintages release – July 19, 2014 (WVN 196)

This weekend is arguably the height of summer, the time when we all try to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. This means meals on the patio served from the grill.   If this scenario is familiar … Continue reading

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I like to count things

This weekend marks the second issue of WVN which will never be sent. The memory will live on however as I have decided to attach a WVN number to each set of Vintages release notes I post at my blog, … Continue reading

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Cottage country mixed case – 2014 edition (Part 1)

As I did last year on my way to the cottage I stopped at the LCBO in Maynooth Ontario for a Canada Day cellar refresh. For those who have no clue where Maynooth might be, it is an historic railway … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages Release – July 5, 2014

This weekend’s Vintages release is a very good one. It features summery wines from New Zealand with a particular concentration of wines from the South Island region of Marlborough. One of the feature wines makes my list. The good news … Continue reading

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On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog

In case you didn’t know already the clock is ticking on the life of the printed word, especially as it relates to wine writing. This is a timely look at blogging, wine-style. I have noted in the past the growth … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – June 21, 2014

This weekend’s release features wines made with a number of different noble grapes and for each variety an Old World and a New World wine is featured. Cute. Ontario, Niagara/PEC – VQA Ontario Norman Hardie Riesling 2012 As you might … Continue reading

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The end is nigh

In my newsletter this week I have written the following: This is the last edition of my newsletter to be distributed as an email attachment. I started writing the Winesights Vintages Newsletter on December 8, 2005 with a readership of … Continue reading

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The Rolls-Royce of Cavas

On my recent voyage to the Decanter World Wine Awards I spent a morning in the Penedès region of Spain. I took a 45-minute drive out of Barcelona with only one destination in my plan: a small Cava maker, located … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – June 7, 2014

This weekend the Vintages theme is wines from Australia made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Chardonnay grapes. These are the grapes that best represent Australia in the minds of most consumers so it is a worthy theme.   As I … Continue reading

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