* all articles are written by Daenna Van Mulligen & are copyrighted & are the Intellectual Property of WineDiva (registered trademark)
An introduction: twenty-two of my impressions including: Jandals, sustainability, wind, lollies, solid piloting,
alien introductions and more...here
posted April 2011
Why I love Air New Zealand - My First Choice... here
posted May 2012
The South Island
Central Otago - The land of Pinot Noir - posted April 2011
Marlborough - The Savviest Place on Earth - posted May 2011
Canterbury/Waipara - Christchurch's Wine Region - posted June 2011
The North Island
Wairarapa/Martinborough - A little known gem - posted July 2011
Hawkes Bay - bold reds & elegant whites from Hill, Range & Gravels - Posted July 2011
Auckland/Waiheke Island - where history is made posted August 2011
An Introduction to this high altitude winemaking region - posted April 2010
Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo/Agrello - posted May 2010
Mendoza's Maipú - posted May 2010
Mendoza's Uco Valley - posted June 2010
The Wine Tour and Reviews
New South Wales posted May 19 2009
McLaren Vale posted June 2 2009
Barossa Valley posted July 28 2009
Clare Valley posted August 26 2009
Adelaide Hills posted September 24 2009
Yarra Valley posted October 14 2009
Sonoma Valley posted March 11 2009
Napa Valley posted April 6 2009
(Re) Discovering Chile
posted January 7 2009
You can never really get lost in Chile, the magnificent Andes Mountains are always within view, and are always east. And, if you head west, into the sunset, you’ll find yourself at the Pacific Ocean...
(Re) Discovering Chile - the Valleys
Aconcagua posted January 8 2009
Errazuriz is a multi-layered producer. Besides being an highly regarded name world-wide and an important piece of Chilean history, it now encompasses a growing number of labels and sustainable vineyard sites...
Maipo posted January 15 2009
The Maipo valley, although nowhere near the largest DO in Chile is certainly the most densely packed with wine producers. The region is anchored by the capital city of Santiago, which depending on what day and whom you ask,
Beiras, Estremadura & Ribatejo posted November 13 2008
Portugal is knocking, I suggest we answer...
Douro and Port are familiar in our wine vocabulary – for good reason - but what about the rest of Portugal? What of Bairrada and Dão, Estremadura and Alentejo, Algarve and Ribatejo? Diverse and distinctive each...
Portugal part 2- Alentejo and Terras do Sado
posted Dec 3 2008
Alentejo was my greatest surprise (and my biggest crush) of this trip. The wide open spaces, gently rolling landscape, the arid, savannah-like geography. The oak cork trees dotting the roadside constantly drew my attention, as the sun warmed me during that end of October excursion. The sunsets in Alentejo are stunning – ranging from burnt orange to brilliant fuchsia while the wines are bold and sometimes as untamed as the Alentejo terrain.
my heart remains and my palate praises Pinotage
Posted October 2 2008
It’s a new country to those of us who talk on the grape vine yet it was witness to the birth of civilization. Traveling through South Africa affected me on a visceral level unlike almost anywhere else I have traveled. The geography is rough and powerful, rocky and sweeping and stretches as far as the eye can see. Unlike our Rocky Mountains which seem to strike the sky with enthusiastic authority the mountains...
Read about South Africa & Pinotage
Read about Cape Wine 2008 - tasting notes from around the festival
Read about Glen Carlou, KWV and Nederburg - visits and tasting notes
Read SA wine reviews by WineDiva
Sienna and Arezzo
Posted August 28 2008
If you were offered a romantic getaway to any Italian wine region of your choice, which would you choose? I’ll bet the vast majority of you would say Tuscany.
Read about wines from Sienna and Arezzo...
Tuscany - Maremma (Livorno and Grosetto)
Posted September 11
So what is the Maremma?
In Italiano – Mare - of course tells you it’s by the sea. But to be more a little more specific...
Read about wines from Maremma...
A New Riesling Generation
It's time to experiment.
Traditional or modern styles of German Rieslings?
It's all good!
Part 2 - Rheinhessen, the Pfalz and Nahe
Posted July 31 2008
Part 1 - The Rheingau
Posted July 17 2008
Does the thought of drinking Riesling for a solid week make you pause?
Or does it make your mouth water in anticipation - even knowing its acidity will have your palate waving the white flag in surrender?
Wine Weenies love Riesling. Why?
PLUS an additional insight into German wine labels...
Drinking Italy - part 2 the south
Sicily, Campania, Sardinia and Puglia...
Posted June 11 2008
I have Sicilian family, so I grew up thinking that Italy was Sicily.
When you grow up in the middle of the Canadian prairies having Sicilian relatives makes for a far more interesting childhood than most. My uncle Vince (Vincenzo) made regular trips into Winnipeg to find items as close to home as possible...
Drinking Italy - part 1 the north
Posted - May 15 2008
They walk a little slow, they drive a little fast, they arrive a little late but oh dio mio they make good wine.
Si-si, the Italians.
Tasting my way through countless wines during a recent trip to Italy didn’t tire me out so much as fire up my engines for more...
Tasting Room Tips - 10 helpful hints transferable to any festival style tasting here
Vancouver Playhouse International
Wine Festival 2012
- posted Feb 22, 2012
An intro primer - My wish list for great events city wide here
International Tasting Room - What to Taste, Who to Meet here
Printer-list, wines only. What to taste in the International Tasting Room here
Hola! Great Chilean Wines 16 high scoring wines to buy here
Wines to buy - Cannot make it to Wine Fest? 80 bottles from the wineries here
Winners! Playhouse Wine Fest Wine List Awards, Sommelier of the Year + here
It's a Wrap - Memorable Moments from the 2012 VPIWF here
What's New & Hot in Wine posted September 2011
McWatters - A new label for Harry
Trinchero Family Estates - new wines + vintages
Okanagan Crush Pad - new releases, new labels
Akarua - new Central Otago Pinot Noirs
Penfolds - Luxury & Icon release
Dr. Loosen - new bubbly
Don Melchor - Concha Y Toro icon celebrates 20 years
posted June 2011
Louis Latour - Loius Fabrice Latour visits Vancouver
Masi - Salvatore Boscaini visits Vancouver with his Amarone
Fraser Gallop - new Western Australian wines
Okanagan Crush Pad launch
Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival 2011 preview
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2011 What to taste! Suggestions for 180+ wines from 50+ wineries
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Fest 2011 Restaurant Wine List Award winners here
Top Drops Winter 2011
Shingleback - McLaren Vale
Top Drops Fall 2010
J Vineyards Russian River
Bordeaux '07 releases
Antinori - Italy new releases
$3200 L'Essence de Courvoisier
a new Bin for Wyndham
Dolan Family Wines
Caliterra Chile, new vintages...
Black Hills - Iconic Nota Bene celebrates 10 years
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars Celebrates 20 years
Familia Schroeder from Patagonia Argentina
Top Table Group Celebrates a Trifecta of Anniversaries 20+10+10
Tasting Jadot with Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer
Top Drops - Best Sips of Summer 2010
Decero - Mendoza Argentina
Falesco - Lazio/Umbria, Italy
Maison Brotte - Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Marotti~Campi - Le Marche, Italy
Villa Maria - Marlborough, New Zealand
High Society, the Allure of Argentina by Daenna Van Mulligen
Double Take - The new Celebrity of the Vintner by Daenna Van Mulligen
Pinot Paradise - A little bit of Heaven on Earth in Walker Bay South Africa - by Daenna Van Mulligen
Top Drops - Best Sips of Spring 2010
Belle Glos - Calif.
Caymus - Calif.
Mer Soleil - Calif.
Kendall-Jackson - Calif.
ConoSur - Chile
Penfolds - Australia
Skillogalee - Australia
McWilliams - Australia
Dourthe - France
Le Clos Jordanne -
Fall's Best Tastings - 2009
Vina Errazuriz, Peter Lehmann, Davis Bynum and Rodney Strong
A month of tasting June 2009
Some Young Punks - Clare Valley, Australia
Caliterra - Colchagua Valley, Chile
Viña Morandé - Chile
Louis Latour - France
Stag's Hollow- Okanagan Falls, BC
Boekenhootskloof - SA
and a bevy of SA Shirazes... all here
Tinhorn Creek - BC winery celebrates 15 years - posted May 6 2009
2005 Bordeaux- another vintage of the century? posted September 2008
Longshadows new wine reviews and story - posted August 20 2008
Posted May 29 2008
“Wow, what great labels.” That was first comment I made to John Ash – award winning Chef and partner in Sauvignon Republic Cellars during his recent stop in Vancouver. The second was, “So why of all varietals - Sauvignon Blanc?"...
Regional Hero - The Punt & The Rebel
posted April 29 2008
In a time when competition for shelf space and consumer attention is at an all time high, how are individual wine producers supposed to stand out? Every winemaking corner of the world wants to sell their wine. Some sell it locally - out of the cellar door – and some only within their own country. But many want to sell their wines internationally, to grab the attention and appeal to the palates of wine drinkers everywhere. But it’s not possible, we only have so many wine stores, and there's only so much square footage that can be filled.
Substance Magazine -
More than just Icewine - The world Class Wines of the
Southern Okanagan Valley
Five days, 3900 wines, black teeth
posted April 9 2008
Have you ever wondered exactly how a wine competition is run?
What are the processes, who are the judges, what are the qualifications for a winning wine? Is there a secret to winning or a style that stands out to a judge’s palate?
Well, I’ve certainly wondered about all of those things. Small competitions aside, based solely on local wines, how does a commission of tasters decide what the best wines are when comparing those from all over the world?
When this Royalty Comes to Town they Bring Wine!
Posted March 18 2008
Each year an elite group of “wine royalty” converges on a different city in the world. This elite group consists of the planet's premium wine families.
The Primum Familiae Vini (the first families of wine) produce internationally recognized wines known to represent tradition and history in the world of wine.
It’s a wine weenie’s dream team.
Red Heads Have More Fun
posted March 2 2008
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary – ‘young turk’ radical; one advocating changes within a usually established group….
Welcoming Italy with Open Arms
posted March 2 2008
Your imagination is not working overtime. And it’s not just your own personal discovery…Italian wines are popping up all over the place and they’re certainly becoming more important to Canadian consumers each year.
Pacific Breeze Winery
Posted March 5 2008
Few know that in a small industrial park in New Westminster BC there is a winery. Just minutes away from the Quay and historic downtown New Westminster sits the tasting room and winery of Pacific Breeze.
So, in a province where we can’t get enough of our own wine, we drink it incessantly and we travel to wine country given any opportunity - is so little known about this gem?
Take a Quaff on the Green Side
Posted March 10 2008
There are certain words synonymous with freshness when one refers to wine.
The three blancs - Pinot, Chenin and Sauvignon, and of course…Vinho Verde.
Beyond a general understanding that Vinho Verde translates to green wine few understand what and where Vinho Verde is...
A Chilean Icon
posted March 11 2008
There’s been a lot of buzz about Chile lately - almost like that long sliver of land suddenly reappeared on the map. We get the impression that perhaps it’s been reinventing itself while we were face first in our bowls Aussie Shiraz. Or maybe it’s that interesting bottles of wine from Chile’s smaller producers are finally finding their way across our borders and the premium offerings from large established Chilean houses are the new media darlings.
Either way, its good news for us all. read more...
posted March 12 2008
Where Wine Meets Art
A few weeks ago someone mentioned the name of an Italian wine producer that I instantly recognized, but I couldn’t remember why. It suggested to me that the name was established enough that I’d become familiar with it in the past and yet I hadn’t seen a bottle of their wine for quite a while. The logo and label escaped me.
So, when I was introduced to Chiara Lungarotti...
Read it all...