Author Archives: W John Switzer

About W John Switzer

I am wine writer, educator and tour guide. From 2005 to June 2014 I published a bi-weekly newsletter, the Winesights Vintages Newsletter (WVN). This Newsletter was closed in July 2014 when the Government of Canada put in place the onerous administrative requirements of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation. The legacy of WVN continues on this blog spot where I post wine-related articles as well as reviews of a small selection of best-value wines from each bi-weekly LCBO Vintages release. 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 and I am a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

LCBO Vintages release – August 22, 2015 (WVN 221)

This weekend features one of the smallest releases in recent Vintages history. This modest release must reflect the late summer doldrums that set in as August winds its course and as many consumers take a late vacation – witness the … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – August 8, 2015 (WVN 220)

This weekend your Vintages shop has a fine selection of wines, the best values from which are predominantly French. I admit to an Old World bias in my profile and it continues to show with each successive update to this … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – July 25, 2015 (WVN 219)

The arrival of summer this year continues to be a start-stop thing. The weather has been generally cool with the occasional hot spell but except for one weekend, the hot spells seem more like hot flashes. Early forecasts called for … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – July 11, 2015 (WVN 218)

Next weekend will be the occasion of the fourth annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration to be held at various sites in the Niagara wine region. If you haven’t attended this event in the past you should make an effort … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – June 27, 2015 (WVN 217)

After a month or so of radio silence TWR is back on line. I have had a month of intense activity on the home front as we moved out of our house after 25 years and moved into a wonderful … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – May 16, 2015 (WVN 216)

I am now back home from an intense week of tasting at DWWA. It may be age, it may be the wines, it may be the fact we are in the final stages of packing for a big move; in … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – May 2, 2015 (WVN 215)

I write this week from London where I am participating in the annual Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) as a member of the Rhône panel. There is one worthy value wine from the Rhône on this week’s value list, a … Continue reading

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Ullage, an addendum

First, my wife says she was not proud when she identified the odour of the offending wine as that of a wet basement. On the contrary, she was surprised, if not astounded, she got it right. Second, my wife wanted me … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – April 18, 2015 (WVN 214)

Ullage My wife proudly suggested I write on this topic. I will explain shortly the background for this unusual suggestion but first let me explain the term. Ullage is the space between the bottom of the closure (cork or screw-cap) … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – April 4, 2015 (WVN 213)

In the past I have opened each TWR Vintages posting with a brief comment on the theme of the current Vintages release. In these remarks I have often made unflattering comments about the theme of the release and how poorly … Continue reading

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