Cabernet sauvignon has long been called King Cabernet and is still deserving of the title.

Many wineries love winning medals because, like high scores from wine critics, they provide external validation of their wines. But what do these accolades really mean?

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Canada isn’t as densely planted in vines as Italy, France, and Spain, but vineyards can be found from coast to coast. To the west are wineries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and on the eastern seaboard are a few in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, with many more in Nova Scotia

The popularity of rosé has given rise to wineries creating rosé production programs rather than treating it as a poor cousin to red and white wine.

Whether we’re attracted to a quirky brand name or a picture of an animal, it’s the label that guides us to the bottle.

Although some, perhaps many, wine consumers have either turned away from chardonnay completely or reduced their purchases, many more have rallied to it.

Madeira, the fortified wine from the Atlantic island of the same name, is far less popular than it was a couple hundred years ago, but in the last two or three decades it’s undergone a renaissance.

Malbec has become widely known only since Argentina put it on the world wine map less than two decades ago.