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 past 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 – February 6, 2016 (WVN 230)

This week’s recommendations come from France and South Africa with a good cross-section of reds, a white and a sparkler making the up the list. South Africa, Stellenbosch – WO Stellenbosch Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 In … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – January 23, 2016 (WVN 229)

This weekend there is a France focus and a bright, juicy red focus in my selections. These are wines that will match well with winter cuisine but which also will serve well in the spring and summer when the barbecue … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – January 9, 2016 (WVN 228)

Happy New Year! This new year has started off with a crash – global stock markets are down, the Canadian dollar continues its downward trend, the price of oil slips daily, and to top it off…there is an early sign … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – December 12, 2105 (WVN 227)

This is the weekend of the last release of calendar 2015 and once again it is a holiday season blockbuster – big and expensive. This weekend is also the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the WVN and its successor, … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – November 28, 2015 (WVN 226)

This weekend we see the big Vintages release of the year, if not the millennium. There are some 140+ wines offered this weekend at an average price per bottle that must be a new record high (my calculator may not … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – November 14, 2015 (WVN 225)

We are now back at the TWR news desk after some travel that involved no wine-related activity. Apologies to those who wait with great anticipation for my bi-weekly recommendations. The fact is, there has not been a great deal of … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – October 3, 2015 (WVN 224)

Thanksgiving approaches and this week’s WVN selections represent a solid cross-section of wines that will be a fine match for your holiday turkey. A couple of wines may appear pricy but they are fine values – as you would expect. … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – September 19, 2015 (WVN 223)

I’m late this weekend and regret any inconvenience this may cause my intrepid bargain-hunter readers. I have been occupied for the past few days as Chief Judge of the Ontario VQA Wine Competition for this years’ Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – September 5, 2015 (WVN 222)

While it doesn’t feel like it outdoors, the start of the fall season arrives next week. After Labour Day everything shifts to acknowledge the changing season –school starts, Halloween candies go on sale, hockey practices begin, winter clothing appears in … Continue reading

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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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