Rais­ing a Glass

Some­times it’s about choos­ing the right res­o­lu­tion.

Vancouver Magazine - - Ed Note - Anicka Quin ED­I­TO­RIAL DIREC­TOR [email protected] @ ANIQUA

IN AN­TIC­I­PA­TION OF 2018, I went over my New Year’s res­o­lu­tions for the pre­vi­ous year to see how suc­cess­ful I’d been. Turns out, my2017 res­o­lu­tions weren’t so sticky: pack an earth­quake kit (I bought the wa­ter), prac­tise the gui­tar (learned one Crowded House song; quit), tap dance (mmmm, maybe oneclass?) and med­i­tate (not so much as an “om”).

Clearly my mo­ti­va­tion for each of th­ese res­o­lu­tions isn’t as high as it should be. (Ex­cept for the earth­quake thing. I should un­ques­tion­ably make it more than a ca­sual res­o­lu­tion to •nally get that damn kit to­gether.) So this year I’m set­ting the bar—no pun in­tended—much lower, and my mo­ti­va­tion much­higher, by fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing my wine knowl­edge. My (ugh) gluten in tol­er­ance means beer is pretty much o™ the table th­ese days, and acou­ple of weeks in France this past sum­mer cer­tainly amped up my in­ter­est in all things wine (rosé, rosé, rosé). And given that there is a wine ex­pert in this ožffice who sits amere few feet away from me, my ex­cuses are nil.

And so my res­o­lu­tion be­gins with this is­sue. Our food edi­tor( and afore­men­tioned wine ex­pert ), Neal McLen­nan, has gathered up over 60 bot­tle rec­om­men­da­tions for our an­nual Wine Is­sue—in­clud­ing both the wine fea­ture it­self( page 24), and a pair­ing for ev­ery ar­ti­cle in the mag­a­zine. For ex­am­ple: for a bot­tle to toast Rick Clu™ on his de­par­ture from the CBC (page12), here com­mends the sparkling Sum­mer hill Cipes Brut. He talks with Ki er an Fan­ning from Farmer’ s Ap­pren­tice about the nat­u­ral-wine fad (start­ing with the ques­tion, “What the hell is nat­u­ral wine?”). He’s re­cruited the top wine ex­perts in the city—Barb and Iain Philip, Lisa Ha­ley, Ja­son Ya­masaki—to share their favourites. And writer Kur­tis Kolt gets be­hind thescenes at a weekly tast­ing with som­me­liers from the top restau­rants in town, learn­ing how the best in the biz get even bet­ter (“Young Guns ,” page 24). Ba­si­cally, my education starts here—and so does yours.

And now I’ll start my wine com­mit­ment by rais­ing a cheers to all of you for a great 2018. May your res­o­lu­tions prove to be both bet­ter­ing and to have the same stick-to-itive­ness that Ihope my own will show through­out the year to come.

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