How nice to have memories of freer and more pleasant times in this covid-19 era. Thursday March 8, 2007, was just such an occasion for our wine scribe, Jim Walker and his wife Hélène Buisson. The fact that it was spent in Burgundy wine country certainly didn’t hurt.
BURGUNDY – HOW COINCIDENTAL!
In last month’s episode, our wine scribe Jim Walker told us about the first Burgundian winery that he represented in Ontario. In this, his 50th blog for Gentleman’s Portion, he tells about two more and how all three became inextricably linked. Continue reading “BURGUNDY – HOW COINCIDENTAL!”
A BURGUNDY GAMBAL
Like many tipplers, our wine scribe Jim Walker has long adored the wines of Burgundy. But, when he began his wine importing business, he never imagined that one day he might represent a winery from that storied land of Bacchus. Yet, as improbable as it might seem, he eventually had not one but three Burgundy producers in his vinous stable. This is a story about one of them. Continue reading “A BURGUNDY GAMBAL”
CAVORTING IN COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES
Our wine scribe Jim Walker along with his wife and partner in vinous pursuits, Hélène Buisson, had been visiting Provence and enjoying its Southern Rhône nectars for years. But little did he know that lurking just around the corner from their base in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence was a little-known wine region that held a veritable trove of tasty treasures. Read on to learn about this secret source of remarkable wines. Continue reading “CAVORTING IN COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES”
Ever in search of new elixirs to tantalize the taste buds of his wine club members, our wine scribbler Jim Walker and his wife Hélène Buisson journeyed to the Alsace wine region of eastern France where they found what they were looking for, and much more. Continue reading “AH! ALSACE”
SUSSING OUT THE SUCCULENT SOUTHERN RHÔNES
As many of you know, our wine scribe Jim Walker operates Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club and imports wine from France’s southern Rhône region into Ontario. He, along with his wife and vinous partner Hélène, journey regularly to southern France to assess recent vintages and maintain relationships with their vintners. Here Jim chronicles the latest visit to their beloved Provence.
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À BIENTÔT BORDEAUX
It was the final day of our wine scribe Jim Walker’s 1988 weeklong assault on the storied wineries of Bordeaux. That morning he and his thirsty band of imbibers had visited three storied chateaux. Read on to find out about the apt conclusion to their seven day bacchanalia.
MARVELLOUS MARGAUX AND MORE
Tasting wine at four Bordeaux châteaux would be a treat for any oenophile. But, in a single day … before lunch? Join our wine scribe Jim Walker and his fellow imbibers as they accomplish this marvellous feat. Continue reading “MARVELLOUS MARGAUX AND MORE”
CAPTIVATING CAP FERRET
An oenophile in need of a wine break? Astonishing, but true. Our Cabernet kid, Jim Walker and his troop of tipplers had planned a day off near the end of their 1988 Bordeaux excursion in order to rejuvenate their exhausted taste buds (not to mention livers). So, off they went for a bit of rest and relaxation after their arduous first few days of tasting some of the world’s finest wines. Continue reading “CAPTIVATING CAP FERRET”
RESPLENDENT IN OUR ROBES
It’s hard to believe, but Claudia Cardinale, Hugh Grant and Jackie Chan have something in common with our wine scribe Jim Walker.