A wine critic fights back.

So this past weekend I wrote a story about the limits of wine criticism for the National Post. I received the following email from a wine critic whose name you’d likely recognize. I have decided not to identify the author. Andy [sic] – You entered into this article with a clear bias against wine criticism and sucked and sculpted every supporting quote out of any willing wine critic you could find (and not the best in the land either except for Szabo). You were smart enough to give Szabo the only valid counter-point, but only on the superfluous issue of…

My ebook will tell you how to make cocktails (updated with links to buy)

On Dec. 4, my first e-book will be released. UPDATE: Here’s where to buy it: iTunes Kobo Amazon Google Barnes & Noble OverDrive Drink Different: A Refreshing Guide to Home Mixology is based on my columns in the National Post, but I rewrote stuff and added to it so that it functions as a primer on making cocktails at home. That’s fun and easier than you might think. As a teaser, you can read the first chapter here. Anyway, if you have a thirst, a thirst for knowledge, and an e-reader …

I told the Americans what to drink in Toronto

Imbibe is a quality magazine about drinks based in Portland, Ore.; in my opinion, it’s the most important publication on the subject of drinks that are not wine. Why? Because if you’re a good bartender or booze geek in North America, it’s how you keep on top of the trends, simple as that. In the current issue, my Destination Toronto piece talks about the great things that have been happening for cocktail and beer drinkers in this burg over the past couple of years. I’m pretty proud of us, so it was really gratifying to do the story. Pick the…

Buy Sharp’s Book for Men! (Scotchey Scotch Scotch)

Do you like Scotch? Do you think you would enjoy reading a tantalizing tale of one man’s whirlwind tour around Scotland to drink crazy delicious whisky, complete with an explanation of what it is and how it’s made? Scotchey Scotch Scotch? Then pick up the fall/winter edition of Sharp’s Book for Men. No, you can’t read my piece online. But if you buy a copy, you’ll also learn about knifes and tuxedos and watches and stuff like that.  

My first story in The Grid

When Eye Weekly transformed into The Grid suddenly in 2011, I was initially skeptical. But the new entity has proven to be quite attractive, a pleasure to read and the subject of a lot of professional admiration from fellow journalists. They’re doing a good job, in short, so I’m happy to be involved in some small way. When I caught wind of some changes happening at the Revue Cinema — a Roncesvalles institution I wrote about a few times circa 2006-7 — I took the story to The Grid because I thought their readership would appreciate the heads-up. This is…