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 – September 13, 2014 (WVN 200)

Wines of Ontario is the subject of the main feature at Vintages this weekend.   This is a feature not to be missed: it is big, with some 22 wines from 18 wineries on offer; the selection is diverse from … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – August 30, 2014 (WVN 199)

This long holiday weekend has another Vintages release – in fact, I think there has been a release on each long weekend this summer since the Victoria Holiday weekend in May. There are three features: 90+ wines, wines from the … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – August 16, 2014 (WVN 198)

This week’s Vintages release features wines from the Midi region of France along with a handful of wines from Argentina made from the Malbec grape.   The Midi is the diverse and confusing zone at the south-western corner of France, … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – August 2, 2014 (WVN 197)

We are now into August, a sign that the summer is moving all too fast. This would be OK for many of us if July had been more summer-like but the cool weather we have experienced so far makes the … Continue reading

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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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