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.

Book review – American Wine Econonmics

As wine becomes more a part of new world lifestyle it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a discipline based on the study of wine economics has emerged. By using the term discipline I refer to the study of wine … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – March 29, 2014

This weekend’s Vintages release is a relatively small one with a self-serving, 30 Reasons to Love Vintages theme. The reasons start to get thin around number 1 and this reflects the overall quality of the theme wines. As always I … Continue reading

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Truth on the bottle?

As a wine person I receive a steady stream of things-vinous to read, be it in print form or links sent by email.  Many of these just pass by as there is obviously more to read than hours in the … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – March 15, 2014

This weekend’s Vintages release features iconic wines from California.  This is an excellent release for the collector: the feature selection is a who’s-who of collectible Californians, ranging in price from $34.95 to $170.95 per bottle. Unfortunately none of the feature … Continue reading

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Two items

First, the winter of 2014: Canadians love to talk about the weather.  We always lament the lost weather we had last season when we are in the midst of whatever weather Mother Nature delivers this season. Well, the winter of … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – March 1, 2014

The first of three Vintages releases for the month of March hits the shelves at LCBO stores this weekend.  Wines from Canada, the USA, France and Australia made with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape are featured. The selection is interesting but … Continue reading

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France – an opportunity lost

This weekend the main feature is France, part of the February month-long Joie de Vin celebration at LCBO stores across the province. There is a selection of some 20 wines chosen from the wine-producing regions of France and all price … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – February 15, 2104

This weekend the main feature is France, part of the February month-long Joie de Vin celebration at LCBO stores across the province. There is a selection of some 20 wines chosen from the wine-producing regions of France and all price … Continue reading

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I last made New Year’s resolutions in January 2009 in WVN issue 74. The reason was simple: I had absolutely no discipline when it came to fulfilling any of my pie-in-the-sky ambitions. To make matters worse I felt obliged to … Continue reading

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LCBO Vintages release – February 1, 2014

This weekend’s Vintages release features wines from Australia. Australia continues to face challenges in its wine sector.  The decanter.com website reported last week that Australian wine exports dropped some 6% by volume in 2013 from 2012 with a decrease in … Continue reading

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