Posts Tagged ‘Shiraz’


Kathleen Sloane-McIntosh and Ted McIntosh


I’ve noticed lately that many of us in the blogging world are on vacation. The last couple weeks I’ve been sort of off the grid too, either touring with the Hot Club of Detroit, or relaxing with my family on the Canadian side of Lake Huron. But the latter has resulted in some cool research on Canadian wines, and people in the Canadian wine world. Check out my article on Ontario wines, and the Canadian sommelier Ted McIntosh, which will appear soon at wineandjazz.com. The full interview with Ted — a must read for any young sommelier — appears below here at It’s About That Time.

Paul Brady: How did you become interested in food and wine?

Ted McIntosh
: I always bar tended at night. And standing in front of all the alcoholic beverages I thought, I’d better learn something about this. If you want to be a salesman, you better know your product. So then I started out with the wine appreciation course I in Toronto at Sheraton College. Then I came out of that with even more questions so I moved on to course number II. Then that led me to the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) sequence, and I did a couple levels of that. And then in 1995 I decided to take the Sommelier program at George Brown. And I always worked full time too; I was a letter carrier for 27 years and I tended bar at night. Then wine sort of evolved into single malts; I had my own single malt importing business. And my wife Kathleen has been a food writer for 25 years. She does a lot of writing for Wine Access, and she’s done a cookbook, “The Wine Lover Cooks,” which is wine driven instead of food driven, with Tony Aspler, the wine writer in Toronto. (more…)


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Anthony Minne and Paul Brady

As sommelier Anthony Minne and I began a blind tasting of an Italian Pinot Noir he’d been raving about, with a 2006 red Burgundy, my sister, Melissa King, observed that readers might like an outsider’s view of what really goes on at one of our tastings. Melissa is a freelance writer in the Detroit area and has done some reporting on wine and music.

I am what my brother Paul calls “a recreational wine drinker.” Though I like to think this is said with some affection, the label is most often slung at me after I admit to some oeno-egregious offense such as drinking wine without food or asking him not to chew his wine in front of me (I can’t stand the noise). In short, I am not his first choice taster for a wine panel. (more…)

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