An attempt to make life better through wine and food

  • How Wine Tastings Have Gone Astray
    http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-email-you-dont-want-to-get.html I’ve thought for a long time that most wineries have become tourist traps. The wine matters less and less, the destination experience for the casual consumer is what pays the bills. Consumers who are serious about wine, are left in the lurch, because the winery – despite all the training, all the staff –… Continue reading How Wine Tastings Have Gone Astray
  • Sparkling or Soda?
    I answered a question on Quora, mostly from memory the other day, and it led me to double check the differences between Club Sodas and Sparkling Waters. My contention is that sparkling water is generally a bottled mineral spring water, and therefore contains various trace minerals, but most usually sodium (Na) and calcium (Ca.) The… Continue reading Sparkling or Soda?
  • The Ultimate Coffee Info?
    Okay, this may seem odd to put on a booze blog, but I have yet to meet a serious fan of the grain and grape to not also have an enormous affection for the greatest Arabic invention of all time: Coffee! I’ve been roasting and grinding the stuff for almost 40 years. (Dear God! I’m… Continue reading The Ultimate Coffee Info?
  • Ho Ho Ho! A drink to seasons past and seasons future
    No Christmas Eve would be complete without a glass of real egg nog, not that horrid stuff you buy by the carton.
  • No. 99 Canadian Whisky
    Gretzky has just launched a whisky. And I’m here to say, it’s a pretty good one. But it is also deeply interesting from a technical point of view.
  • Ardbeg Kelpie: A thoroughly Modern Malt
    Here’s the latest limited release from Ardbeg a thoroughly modern Scotch for the New World Order. Firstly, no age statement. Judging by the pale colour of the whisky I assume it is between 6 and 10 years. Distilleries are increasingly edging away from the traditional statement of age on the bottles. This if you haven’t… Continue reading Ardbeg Kelpie: A thoroughly Modern Malt

James Romanow


“After working as a business journalist in Canada, America, and the Middle East, I decided to write about something that mattered: I began writing about my life long romance with beer, wine and spirits, under the pen name of Dr. Booze.”