Profile: Christine Campbell
From The Alcohol Professor
A pursuer of wine education, Christine Campbell is a Vancouver, B.C.-based freelance writer with a passion for wine knowledge and finding her favourite example of every grape variety on the planet. Christine has worked in the publishing industry for the past 15 years after completing her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. Christine loves to travel and has recently returned from an intensive study in Champagne, France which happens, also, to be her favourite beverage.
NoteStreams By Christine Campbell
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with winemaker Nikki Callaway from Quails’ Gate Winery during a three-day trip up to British Columbia’s wine country in the Okanagan Valley. Quails’ Gate is located in West Kelowna on top of stunning south facing slopes overlooking Lake Okanagan. This harvest marks Callaway’s second with Quails’ Gate after a few years at Mission Hill Winery managing their small lot portfolio. At 32 years of age, Callaway is already well respected within the industry for her excellent wines and dedication to quality.
Nestled against the German border, Alsace is a French wine region rich in cultural diversity. With over three centuries of identity crisis, it has belonged to both France and Germany over six times in the past 300 years. The German legacy left behind unique features that are specific in France only to Alsace.
It is important to Masa Shiroki to make the distinction that Sake is rice wine and not a beer product or by-product, “It all comes down to your choice of words – fermentation instead of brewing. I think the misconception is from when people came to Japan to study the art of Sake making and someone saw the process and associated it with beer but it is not like beer. Sake is wine – it is a rice wine.”
Category: Craft Beer
Michel Chapoutier is a bold man who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. In 1990, at the age of 26, he took over the Chapoutier family business, putting the family name firmly on the French wine map. The Chapoutier estate has vineyard holdings in the Rhône Valley, Alsace and Roussillon in France as well as areas in Portugal and Australia – impressive!
Champagne is classified as a wine, in the sparkling category. There are four methods used to make sparkling wine but only one region on the planet can claim their sparkling wine as Champagne. It is the one region of the world that focuses solely on sparkling wine and has made famous a style that highlights their cool continental climate for growing grapes.
Learn about the grape varieties allowed, as well as how this bubbly beverage is born. Cheers!