THE PENEDES MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD | torres dinner squad . . #vvv #the6ix #toronto #wine #torres #graniteclub #penedes #catalunya #squad #vino #latergram

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SCHIST A SPLASH | schieferkopf a piece of that kit kat bar . . #vvv #wine #riesling #chapoutier #alsace #schist #toronto #the6ix #latergram

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WITCHES BREW | crispy albariño to put a spell on u. coming to vintages aug 4th $19 . . #vvv #wine #albariño #riasbaixas #spain #galicia #lcbo #vintages #torres #latergram

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GIRLCOTT | why call it a boycott anyway? this bottle of 2012 niagara chardonnay will be my last by this producer for quite some time. as i return to canada from vacay i come back with mixed emotions about someone i had considered an ally in the wine community. admittedly, guilt is part of it, because i’d previously heard rumblings, but like others have said, “it wasn’t my story to tell”. concern with a splash of empathy is another part – how do we continue to coexist peacefully in the world knowing he (and others yet to be flagged) probably no longer deserves our dollars or our respect, but still needs to make a living for themselves and their families? it’s tough to reconcile these feelings as a woman, and especially tougher now that i manage staff of my own, and observe the power of influence / influence of power on another level. i’m sad. i too have had my breasts and buttocks grabbed, and my business ideas taken, twisted and mansplained to infinity by men in the industry. i’ve also been explicitly sexually propositioned in the worst kinds of ways by restaurateurs and ersatz sommeliers in this city. i have had to master the art of diplomacy, aka gently telling someone to go to hell while still offering service with a smile. bad behaviour and coercion of power by means of sexual harassment is inexcusable and unacceptable and i stand with the fellow females whose morale and career aspirations have been stunted by careless actions. thank u to the great women (and men! love u @chanteclerto) who have already made a mark in this much-needed conversation. my official tasting note on this bottle: bittersweet with a sour finish. to anyone angry or struggling and needing someone to just listen: this is an open invitation to say i’m all ears. . . #vvv #metoo #thefutureisfemale #wine #wineindustry #hospitality #restaurant #sommelier #bartender #winemaker #toronto #the6ix #ontario #vqa

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BASQUEING IN THE MOMENT | this dreamy enchanted forest is part of the start of the tasting menu at @azurmendi_atxa, the 3 michelin starred restaurant by @enekoatxa at @gorkaizagirre – i just dropped by for a peek before dinner service but i would love to dine here one day! . . #vvv #wine #food #spain #winelover #latergram #travel #basquecountry #bilbao #michelin #michelin3stars #enekoatxa

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GORKAGE | fabulous wine tasting and tour of gorka izagirre w owner bertol izagirre of amazing new school bizkaiko txakolina! . . #vvv #winelover #wine #spain #latergram #winetasting #bizkaikotxakolina #biscay #bilbao #travel #ondarrabizuri #basquecountry

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LOCKED STOCK IN BARREL | hand stacked barrels of reserve rioja – the only things holding these barrels up are the wedges of wood in between . . #vvv #wine #latergram #winetasting #rioja #spain #winelover #araex #travel #barrel #cellar

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ROADSIDE SNACKS | this is what u get when u pull over to a castle on the side of the highway for snacks in spain . . #vvv #food #wine #burgos #rioja #spain #latergram #winelover #winetasting #travel

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“CAVA + CREAM = DREAM” @itskittybits i cannot explain it any better! . . #vvv #spain #barcelona #wine #winetasting #winelover #bcn #elborn #cava #cheese #queso

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ONE VINE TO RULE THEM ALL | in arid, dry ribera del duero, new rootstocks are too soft and weak to survive the climate and soil. vines are thus propagated by planting canes from the original vine into the ground adjacent to the mother plant, where it will then take root itself. many old vines here are therefore part of a large chain, making up a very interdependent ecosystem. this is one such chain. the more you know! 🤓 . . #vvv #wine #riberadelduero #castillayleon #travel #spain #dominiodecair #tintofino #tempranillo

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THE ROA LESS TRAVELLED | i’m slower at posting because i am having such a good time in madrid. roa is a really interesting town in the region of ribera del duero that has survived endless battles over french / spanish occupation. there are only 2,000 people living here but 20 bars, 1 library and plenty of old 13th century castles you can rent for 1€ a year (!!!) provided you restore the architecture. i got the insider’s scoop spending the day w ricardo esteban, proprietor and winemaker at bodegas valderiz. . . #vvv #travel #spain #roa #riberadelduero #castillayleon #wine #valderiz

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DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE ROCKS THAT I GOT 🎶 i’m on, i’m on a 30-year old plot . . #vvv #wine #riberadelduero #spain #travel #vineyard #winery #vines #tempranillo #tintofino #valderiz #bodegasvalderiz

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TORRES YAGO-GO | thank u yago for an awesome tour and tasting @torreswines yesterday! . . #vvv #wine #spain #penedes #barcelona #travel #sommelier #maslaplana #vino #bcn #winery #winetasting #milmanda #perpetual #salmos #gransmuralles #marimarestate #priorat #concadebarbera #russianrivervalley #russianriver

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