About me

I am all about wine: sommelier, wine lover, wine educator.
I am a wine enthusiast since I am in legal drinking age. While enjoying good wine, I always was hungry for learning wine making and wine culture, aroma and taste variations, grape and climate and so on.
PhD in molecular biology, and many years of doing scientific research in biology and genetic (yes, I do know a lot about GMO) allow me think deep and clearly understand biological and chemical mechanisms of vine growing and wine making.
Years of teaching university students gave me capability to extract information, organize it, and present it clear and condensed in a form interesting even for teenagers with short attention span.
Being a serious photographer, I believe in my ability to find interesting and unusual views on every subject.
Now, naturally alloying these four quarters of my nature - loving wine, methodical scientific approach, teaching wording, and artistic views, I became a wine professional, advanced sommelier certified by United State Sommelier Association. I welcome you to join me in journey to World of Wine, to a beautiful world, full of pleasant surprises.
The ways to go to this amazing world you can find here, and you can learn more from my articles here.

  

Welcome to In Vino Paratus

The wine appreciation and education resource


What’s new:

June 11, 2024.
June 11, we celebrate World Gin Day. See the new video on my YouTube channel about the history of the gin origin, its influence on people’s fate, the technology of production and gin types, and how to choose the proper gin.

June 9, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Kir, the cocktail born in Burgundy, crafted from entirely Burgundian ingredients: Aligoté white wine and blackcurrant liqueur known as crème de cassis.

June 7, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Aligoté, the lesser-known offspring of Burgundian vineyards.

May 25, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Swamp Water, the cocktail that was used for Chartreuse promotion in the USA.

May 16, 2024.
Today, on May 16th, we celebrate Chartreuse Day.
See new video Chartreuse. The Elixir of Longevity with Four Hundred Years of History about this unique liqueur on my YouTube channel.

May 16, 2024.
Today, on May 16th, we celebrate Mimosa Day.
See new video Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz about this cocktail on my YouTube channel.

May 14, 2023
On May 16th, we celebrate Mimosa Day.
More about the history, different variants of this cocktail, and its recipe in the new article: Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz.

May 9, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Pisco Sour, the most popular cocktail on the Pisco base, and the subject of international debates between Peru and Chile.

May 6, 2024
About the cocktail named after the main character of Oscar Wilde’s novel in the new article: Dorian Gray.

May 5, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Pisco, a type of brandy produced by both Chile and Peru, and the subject of international scandals between these two countries.

May 1, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the story of Tannat, a France-originated red grape variety that has found its second motherland in Uruguay.

April 26, 2024.
New video on my YouTube channel. See the history of the creation and the recipe of the Bee’s Knee cocktail.

April 25, 2024
The Absinthe Sour, a cocktail for absinthe and sour cocktails enthusiasts. More about this cocktail in the new article: Absinthe Sour.

April 13, 2024, Mission, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Rum, and cocktails based on it” with 8 guests.

April 12, 2024.
Great news! I’ve launched YouTube channel focusing on stories about wines, spirits, and cocktails. See my series of five episodes about Champagne.

March 25, 2024
The renowned Sauternes, the white pearl of Bordeaux, holds the prestigious title of being the finest sweet wine globally, and rightfully so. Despite the waning interest in sweet wines, Sauternes continues to maintain its esteemed reputation. More about contributors to the distinctive taste and elevated price of Sauternes in the new article: Sauternes. Gold of Bordeaux.

March 15, 2024, North Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Introduction to Wines of Spain” with 8 guests.

March 5, 2024
On March 5th, we celebrate Absinthe Day.
Absinthe, also known as the green fairy or green muse, has gathered more legends, political campaigns, government bans, and misinformation than any other drink. More about absinthe and its intriguing in the new article: Absinthe.

February 29, 2024
Let’s delve into barrels and oak, understanding their purposes, what they impart to wine, and how to consider the oak influence when choosing wine. More about oak and beyond in the new article: Vine and Oak.

December 27, 2023
The Tequila Sunrise, a cocktail with a concise recipe but a rich history. More about this cocktail in the new article: Tequila sunrise.

December 20, 2023
While December 20th may seem an unexpected choice for Sangria World Day, a beverage typically associated with balmy summer days, it’s worth noting that our globe encompasses diverse climates. In many regions, the current weather is indeed conducive to enjoying this revitalizing drink. Delve into the details of this fruity aromatized wine in the article: Sangria.
Here’s to savoring Sangria Day wherever you are!

December 14, 2023
In the art of wine selection, where the choices are as diverse as the palates that make them, mastering the skill of navigating wine labels emerges as an invaluable asset.
Find out what useful information can be extracted from European wine labels read in the new article: Learn to Read Labels. Europe.

December 7, 2023
The genesis of this article can be traced back to the uncorking of a bottle of Belgian ale—a rich, robust, and aromatic concoction, skillfully brewed with a trio of hop varieties. The effervescent sip of hop-laden ale stirred a cascade of memories, guiding my musings toward the sanctum of brewing. The foundational essence of the brewing process in the new article: Hop and Malt. Introduction to brewing.

November 27, 2023
This cocktail is crafted with the discerning palate of Concord grape enthusiasts in mind. More about this cocktail and Concord grape in the new article: Train’s A Comin’.

November 13, 2023
Preakness Manhattan can be considered as an evolution of the well-known classic Manhattan cocktail. As is often the case with cocktails boasting a rich history, the Manhattan has inspired numerous adaptations over the years. The Preakness cocktail is one of such fascinating modifications. More about this cocktail in the new article: Preakness Manhattan.

November 6, 2023
In the present day, it’s virtually impossible to envision the global wine market without the vibrant presence of South American wines. Overview of the history and nowadays of South American viniculture, most important grape varieties and regions in the new article: Overview of South American wines.

October 31, 2023
As All Saint’s Eve draws near, the time for a spine-tingling Halloween cocktail is upon us. Spiders, creatures with long-standing connections to witchcraft, embody the eerie essence of this celebration. They weave intricate, gossamer nets during this autumn season, setting the stage for the drink known as the Spider’s Net. More about this cocktail in the new article: Spider’s Net.

October 27, 2023, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “South American Wines” with 6 guests.

October 19, 2023
October 19th marks International Gin and Tonic Day, one of the world’s oldest and most beloved gin-based libations. More about history and nowadays of this cocktail in the new article: Gin and Tonic.

October 10, 2023
Autumn descends, casting a spell of crisp air heavy with the earthy fragrance of fallen leaves. It’s a season that beckons us toward aromatic, robust, and soul-warming libations. See the recipe, and the photo in the new article: Harvest.

September 29, 2023
October 1st marks World Sake Day, a celebration of this revered Japanese libation. More about the technological intricacies of sake production and the valuable information concealed within the sake bottle’s label in the new article: Sake.

September 18, 2023
Life often resembles a zebra, with its alternating dark and light stripes, but it’s a good journey nonetheless, much like the stride of a striped horse. To infuse more joy into this zebra-like existence, I’ve created the Drunken Zebra, a dessert cocktail or jelly cocktail, call it what you will, based on the delightful combination of Panna Cotta and berry jelly. See the recipe, and the photo in the new article: Drunken Zebra.

September 13, 2023
If the Margarita stands as the most popular tequila-based cocktail in the USA, the Paloma (meaning “dove” in Spanish) takes the crown as Mexico’s absolute favorite and even holds the title of the national cocktail. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article: Paloma.

September 6, 2023
Cocktail Lovers, Get Ready for a Year of Flavor! Indulge your passion for cocktails with my stunning wall calendars: Calendars.

August 25, 2023
Crete, is the birthplace of Greek viniculture and a land where its modern renaissance shines brightly. More about the island’s vinicultural history, unique grape varieties, and my personal winery experience in the new article: Wines of Crete.

August 14, 2023
Find your way into Wonderland! See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article: 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fifty-Three. Alice In Wonderland.

August 7, 2023
If you enjoy Aviation but find the bright sweetness of Maraschino Luxardo not to your liking, the Waterlily might be your perfect choice. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article: 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fifty-Two. Waterlily.

August 1, 2023
August 1st marks World Albariño Day, a delightful occasion to pay homage to this beautiful grape variety that gives us light, refreshing, and highly aromatic wines, perfect for the summer season. Read about this Spanish-Portuguese grape variety in the new article: Albariño.

July 24, 2023
Today, on July 24th, the world celebrates Tequila Day – a perfect occasion to explore tequila and raise a toast to its rich heritage and exquisite taste. Read about history of tequila origin, production technology, tequila types and much more in the new article: Tequila.

July 6, 2023
As I mentioned the Swamp Water cocktail in my Chartreuse story, it’s only fitting that we delve into its history. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article: 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fifty-One. Swamp Water.

June 23, 2023, North Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Tequila, and cocktails based on it” with 5 guests.

June 16, 2023
Tomorrow, June 17, the third Saturday of June, is Drink Chenin Blanc Day.
Chenin blanc – a noble grape of remarkable potential. The amazing versatility of Chenin blanc allows for the production of an astonishing range of wines, unmatched by any other grape variety. Sadly, this grape variety is often underappreciated, perhaps due to the challenges it presents to winemakers. Read about this grape variety in the new article: Golden Chenin Blanc.

June 12, 2023
English Rose – the cocktail that reflexes the quintessential English beauty, intertwining the concepts of women and flowers. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article:
52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fifty. English Rose.

June 7, 2023
Chartreuse is a unique herb liqueur that stands out as one of the rare liqueurs that has a direct connection to medieval elixirs, making it an authentic relic from the Middle Ages.
See the article that was extensively revised and expanded after my visit to the Chartreuse:
Chartreuse. The Elixir of Longevity with Four Hundred Years of History.

May 26, 2023
One more cocktail for Chartreuse lovers. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Nine. Amber Room aka Golden Glow.

May 11, 2023
“Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered….”
Ray Bradbury
Read about Dandelion wine, which is actually a mead, and about my experience of making it in the new article Dandelion Wine.

May 7, 2023
I haven’t made cocktails with Pisco for a while. Until I found Andean Dusk, which brought reminiscences of my Andean adventures. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Eight. Andean Dusk.

April 28, 2023
And again, about Burgundy gifts. Kir is a cocktail created in Burgundy from completely Burgundian things: white wine Aligoté and blackcurrant liqueur – crème de cassis. See the story, the personality behind its name, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Seven. Kir.

April 21, 2023
Burgundy gave life to two of the most world-popular grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot noir, but the third offspring of Burgundian vineyards, Aligoté, is also worth noticing. Read about this grape variety in the new article Aligoté.

April 14, 2023
April 14 is Tannat Day. If you are not yet familiar with this grape variety but love powerful, full-bodied, heavy red wines, it is time to pay attention to Tannat. Read about this grape variety in the new article Tannat.

April 10, 2023
Another multicoloured lady on my cocktail list. For Chartreus lovers. See the story, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Six. Mujer Verde.

March 19, 2023
And we are back again to aviation and Crème de violette. See the story, the recipe, and the photo of a Martini-style riff on Aviation in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty. Ad Astra.

March 15, 2023
March 15th is Espresso Martini Day. Martini that is not truly Martini. See the story of this cocktail, the recipe, and the photo in the new article Espresso Martini Day.

March 13, 2023
March 13th is International Riesling Day. Riesling is one of the great grape varieties, and one of the few grape varieties that allows making wine with a wide range of tastes. Riesling taste is dramatically dependent on terroir, Riesling is good for long ageing, it allows to make wines of any sweetness level, and, finally, it is appropriate for sparkling wine production. Read about this interesting grape variety in the new article Riesling.

March 11, 2023, North Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Riesling” with 8 guests.

March 8, 2023
Last November, my friend took me to her favourite Oregon winery. Read about my impression of it in the new article Rain Dance Winery.

February 27, 2023
February 27th is National Kahlua Day. Cocktail White Russian is a nice way to celebrate this Day. See the story of this cocktail and Kahlua liqueur, the recipe, and the photo in the new article National Kahlua Day and White Russian.

February 25, 2023
Today, February 25th, the last Saturday of February is Open That Bottle Night.
More about this day and my personal bottle in the new article Open That Bottle Night.

February 24, 2023
Today, February 24th is World Bartender Day.
To honour people in this profession, first of all, to those who bring in it fantasy and possession, I offer my own cocktail Her Majesty. See the story of this cocktail, the recipe, and the photo in the new article Her Majesty. The cocktail without number for World Bartender Day.

February 22, 2023
Today, February 22 is International Margarita Day.
Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world and the most popular cocktail based on Tequila. See the story of this cocktail, the recipe, the variants, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Five. Margarita.

February 17, 2023, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines” with 8 guests.

February 16, 2023, North Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Wines of New Zealand” with 7 guests.

February 16, 2023
Today, February 16 is International Syrah Day.
Syrah is one of the great grape varieties. It is in the dozen of the most popular varieties and grown around the vinicultural world. Read about Syrah in the new article International Syrah Day.

February 13, 2023
It is still winter outside. So, here is an aromatic gentle cocktail, ideal for winter. See the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Nine. Argentina.

February 1, 2023
Today, February 1st is International Furmint Day. If you have never heard about such grape variety as Furmint, it is time to do so. Although it is quite possible that Furmint for you is not complete terra incognita, you just don’t know its name. Read about Furmint, the grape that is a base of one of the world-famous dessert wines in the new article International Furmint Day.

January 31, 2023
Today, January 31st is Brandy Alexander Day. See the story of this popular cocktail, the recipe, variants, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Four. Brandy Alexander.

January 25, 2023
Today, January 25th is Irish Coffee Day. See the story of this popular cocktail, the recipe, variants, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Three. Irish Coffee.

January 17, 2023
Another cocktail that is devoted to aviation and Crème de violette. Find the story of the cocktail, the personality behind its name, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Eight. Rosina Ferrario No. 203.

January 13, 2023
Red Mountain is a small, but interesting AVA located on the southwest slopes of Red Mountain, accordingly. In September I visited some wineries of this AVA. Read about my impression in the new article Washington Wineries. Red Mountain AVA, 2022.

January 11, 2023
Today, January 11th is Hot Toddy Day. See the story of the cocktail, its name mystery, the recipe, and the photo in the new article Hot Toddy.

January 8, 2023
Not only wine filled the alcohol world of Burgundy. If you ask locals what to try specifically Burgundian, they tell you about Ratafia. Read about Ratafia de Bourgogne in the new article Ratafia de Bourgogne.

January 4, 2023
Coteaux de Tannay is a small region with an IGP title that I visited during the “Waters and Wines of North Burgundy” journey. Despite traditional Burgundy Chardonnay and Pinot noir, they used the old Burgundy variety Melon de Bourgogne. Read about Coteaux de Tannay and Melon de Bourgogne in the new article North Burgundy. Coteaux de Tannay and Melon de Bourgogne.

January 1, 2023
Today, January 1st, the first day of the new year, is World Bloody Mary Day. See the long story of the cocktail, the variations, the recipe, and the photo in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Forty-Two. Bloody Mary.

2022

2022

December 23, 2022
This summer I discovered that not only famous potatoes can be found in the great spaces of Idaho, but also some interesting wines. Read about my experience with Colter’s Creek Winery in the new article Colter’s Creek Winery. Idaho.

December 21, 2022
Vezelay – it’s about history, architecture, religion, and wine. Read about the history and nowadays of Vezelay and its wines and impression of the town visit in the new article North Burgundy. Vezelay.

December 19, 2022
Irancy is one of the most northern French AOCs for red wines. Its specialization is Pinot noir. And it is also the ideal place to understand the idea of terroir. Read about the Irancy wines and impression of the town visit in the new article North Burgundy. Irancy.

December 18, 2022
The thirty-seventh cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is an interesting combination of Irish whiskey and Rooibos tea. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Seven. The Exotic Teapot.

December 10, 2022
North Burgundy is the motherland of the world-famous Chablis, but not only Chablis can be found on this land. Read about the history and the nowadays of Yonna region viniculture in the new article Wines of North Burgundy.

December 7, 2022
Not many cities have their own cocktails. Vancouver has, although it regularly forgets about it. However, the Vancouver cocktail like Phenix disappears only to appear again. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Six. Vancouver.

December 2, 2022, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Calvados and Calvados-based cocktails” with 6 guests.

November 27, 2022
The thirty-fifth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is an unusual (especially by colour) riff on the famous White Lady cocktail created by one of the pretenders of White Lady origin. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Five. Blue Lady.

November 20, 2022
Burgundy is a remarkably interesting wine region, with a huge and well-documented winemaking history, and a long list of people who invested their time, hard work, and souls into the wine glory of the region for centuries. Burgundian wines are famous around the world. Read about the history and the nowadays of Burgundian viniculture in the new article Burgundy. Introduction.

November 16, 2022
The thirty-fourth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the perfect reminiscent of a cool autumn day. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Four. Fallen Leaves.

November 1, 2022
The thirty-third cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is named after the special process of Cognac production. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Three. Angel’s Share.

October 27, 2022
At the end of September, we traditionally visited East Washington to try something new. Read my impressions about three wineries in Walla Walla in the new article Walla Walla. September visit.

October 10-17, 2022, Burgundy, France.
Boat tour “Waters and wines of North Burgundy” with 6 guests.
Week-long tour by boat along Yonne river and Nivernais canal. Visiting a range of the local wineries, experiencing the viniculture of North Burgundy.
(Details on the tour and the wineries visited are to come soon).

September 16, 2022, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Riesling.” with 6 guests.

June 24, 2022, Coquitlam, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Pinot Noir. Red grape – red, white and rose wine.” with 10 guests.

June 19, 2022
Many cliches in our life are neither true nor lie. This is completely applicable to the cliche about wine ageing. Read about the processes behind wine ageing; how it depends on the grape variety, region, type of wine, and wine quality; how to choose the vintage; how to keep wine correctly; and much more in the new article “Wine improves with age” – myth or reality?.

May 29, 2022, Coquitlam, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines.” with 15 guests.

May 28, 2022, Mission, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Main Red Varieties. Behind the Taste.” with 8 guests.

May 14, 2022, Coquitlam, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Main Red Varieties. Behind the Taste.” with 8 guests.

May 12, 2022
The thirty-second cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the third of the new spring mini-series. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-Two. Spring Revival.

May 2, 2022
About once a year I make a visit to the wineries of East Washington, tasting the production of the local winemakers. This April I visited four new (for me). Read my impressions in the new article Walla Walla. April visit.

April 29, 2022, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Wines of South Africa” with 8 guests.

April 22, 2022
Sometimes even a parsimonious approach can result in a good product. Read about unique wines of the Valpolicella region, the history of their appearance, technology, and more in the new article Valpolicella – Recioto, Amarone, Ripasso. Everything but the squeals….

April 20, 2022
The thirty-first cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the second of the new spring mini-series. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty-One. Apple Blossom.

March 31, 2022
The thirtieth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the first of the new spring mini-series. See the story of the cocktail, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirty. Spring Feeling.

March 22, 2022, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Pinot Noir. Red grape – red, white and rose wine” with 6 guests.

March 17, 2022, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Wine 101. Introduction to Viticulture” with 9 guests.

February 23, 2022
The twenty-ninth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is one of “The Unforgettables” cocktails that were created at the beginning of the 20th century. See the story of the cocktail, recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Nine. White Lady.

February 15, 2022
The world of magic bubbles doesn’t restrict to Champagne. Read about the different techniques of sparkling wine production, about the main sparkling wines of the world, and more in the new article World of Magic Bubbles.

January 25, 2022
Сhampagne – the foremother of all sparkling wines. Read about the origin of Champagne, its history, the technology of its production, classification, key points to understand a champagne label, and more in the new article Сhampagne.

2021

December 30, 2021, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines” with 12 guests.

December 15, 2021
The twenty-eight cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is devoted to the Solar Eclipse. See the story of the cocktail, recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Eight. Lunar Shadow.

December 1, 2021
I made a new Calendar for Cocktail Lovers 2022. See all details here.

November 23, 2021, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Gin and Gin-based cocktails” with 7 guests.

November 17, 2021
The twenty-seventh cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is a successful upgrade of basic gin-sour invented by Frank Meier, an amazing person, and talented bartender. See the story of the cocktail and its author, recipe and photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Seven. Bee’s Knee.

November 11, 2021
International Tempranillo Day

November 5, 2021, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Grenache” with 8 guests.

October 1, 2021
The twenty-sixth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is a new riff on the re-born American classic Last Word. See the story, recipe and photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Six. Paper Plane.

September 21, 2021
The twenty-fifth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to my friend Rouslan, who is in love with Champagne Cobbler, and doesn’t approve of my long silence on this subject. Here is my expiation. See the story, recipe and photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Five. Champagne Cobbler.

September 17, 2021
September 17 is The International Day of Grenache. Read about the history of this interesting grape variety, its properties, famous wines based on Grenache, and more – in the new article Grenach.

September 8, 2021, Vancouver, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Wines of Greece” with 9 guests.

September 2, 2021
Santorini is the Aegean Island with unique viniculture that stretches back to the ancient world. Read about the island’s unordinary vineyards, history of winemaking, unique wines, my personal winery experience, and more – in the new article Wines of Santorini.

August 24, 2021
Greece stands at the origins of world winemaking and is the father of European viticulture. Read about complicated and controversial Greek winemaking history, wine law, regions, and most interesting wines – in the new article Wines of Greece.

August 18, 2021
The twenty-fourth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to another forgotten and reborn American classic. See the story, recipe and photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Four. Clover Club.

August 6, 2021
International Beer Day

June 10, 2021
This is the story of Cognac. Read about its old history, production technology and classification – in the new article Cognac.

May 3, 2021
The twenty-third cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the third in the mini serial of spring cocktails. The cocktail is inspirited by apple blossom. See the cocktail recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Three. Apple Blossom.

April 16, 2021
The twenty-second cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is the second in the mini serial of spring cocktails. It’s the cocktail for the enjoyment of the Sakura bloom. See the cocktail recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-Two. Sakura Martini.

April 8, 2021
The twenty-first cocktail of my 52 cocktails project opens the mini serial of spring cocktails. See the cocktail recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty-One. April Shower.

March 14, 2021
The twentieth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is another cocktail of a gin-sour category. See the cocktail recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twenty. Maiden’s Blush.

March 8, 2021
The nineteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to the famous actress, false legends and commercial tricks. See the cocktail histories, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Nineteen. Mary Pickford.

February 26, 2021
This is a story of Gin. Read about its fascinating history, production technology and varieties – in the new article Gin.

February 14, 2021
The eighteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is for the celebration of Valentine’s Day. See the cocktail and word “flirt” histories, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Eighteen. Pink Flirtini.

February 11, 2021
The seventeenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is a nice idea for the celebration of the New Lunar Year. See the cocktail history, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Seventeen. Orange Blossom.

February 6, 2021
The sixteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to the variation of Aviation. See the cocktail history, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Sixteen. Casino.

January 26, 2021
The fifteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces. See the cocktail history, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fifteen. Moose Milk.

January 11, 2021
The fourteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to one of the most famous cocktails. See the cocktail history, the recipe and the photo – in the new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Fourteen. Dry Martini.

2020

December 29, 2020
The thirteenth cocktail of my 52 cocktails project is a good way to say goodbye to this unpleasant year and have the Last Word. See the cocktail history, the recipe and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Thirteen. Last Word.

December 20, 2020
The twelfth cocktail in my 52 cocktails project is a nice way to add more festivity to the Christmas / New Year celebration. See the cocktail recipe and the photos – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Twelve. Ornamentini.

December 11, 2020
The eleventh cocktail in my 52 cocktails project has the name of a famous Scottish outlaw and folk hero and is dedicated to Scotch lovers. See the story of Scottish Robin Hood, the history of his popularization, the cocktail recipe, and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Eleven. Rob Roy.

December 8, 2020
Calendar for Cocktail Lovers 2021
I made a wall monthly calendar for Cocktail lovers. 12 cocktail photos with the recipes. It can be bought on Etsy. See all pages and other details here.

November 18, 2020
The tenth cocktail in my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to the forgotten and reborn American classic. See the story, the recipe, and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Ten. Aviation.

November 11, 2020
The ninth cocktail in my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to all bicyclists. See the story, the recipe, and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Nine. Bicicletta.

October 30, 2020
The eight cocktails in my 52 cocktails project together with the previous one is dedicated to Halloween, Samhain, and other celebrations which are coming tomorrow. See the recipe, and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Eight. Nosferatu.

October 29, 2020
The seventh cocktail in my 52 cocktails project is dedicated to Halloween, Samhain, and other celebrations which are coming in a couple of days. Read about vampires, see the recipe, and the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Seven. Nosferatu blood.

October 24, 2020
The fifth and sixth cocktails in my 52 cocktails project. These two are my own invention. See the recipes, the photos – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktails Five and Six. Glacier Sunset and Glacier Sunrise.

September 11, 2020
The fourth cocktail in my new 52 cocktails project. Read about Mojito, another world-popular cocktail with Cuban origin – its long story, the role of famous sailor and caper Francis Drake in it, the recipe, the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Four. Mojito.

July 23, 2020
The third cocktail in my new 52 cocktails project. Read about Daiquiri, one of the most popular cocktails in the world – its long and complicated story, the role of Hemingway in it, the recipe, the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Three. Daiquiri.

July 2, 2020
Pinot Noir. Red grape – red, white and rose wine

Pinot Noir is such a rare case when a red grape with equal possibility can bring red or white wine into your glass. Or it can be a rose. How does red Pinot transform into white wine? Read about Pinot noir – its origin, history and peculiarities here.

June 30, 2020. Online.
Wine appreciation session “Pinot Noir. Red grape – red, white and rose wine”.

June 18, 2020. Online.
Wine appreciation session “Chardonnay: the taste of climate and oak” with 18 guests.

May 19, 2020
The second cocktail in my new 52 cocktails project. Read about Aperol Spritz, the most popular cocktail in North Italy – the story, the recipe, the photo – in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail Two. Aperol Spritz.

May 8, 2020
I am starting my new project – 52 cocktails – a story, a recipe, and a photo. Read about Pisco Sour, the most popular South-American cocktail in a new article 52 Cocktails. Cocktail One. Pisco Sour.

April 12, 2020
Do you know that is the main bone of discord between Peru and Chile? Read about Pisco, the unusual South-American brandy, its history, technology, and influence on foreign affairs in a new article Pisco.

March 28, 2020
Do you want to share the wine with somebody who lived a hundred years ago? Find out about new unusual tastes and very sophisticated technology. Read everything about Jerez in a new article Jerez/Sherry/Xerez.

March 13, 2020, Burnaby, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Jerez/Sherry/Xerez” with 9 guests.

February 7, 2020, in Burnaby, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Overview of Red Wines of France” with 6 guests.

February 4, 2020
Do you know the taste of Chardonnay? Are you sure that you definitely know it? Read about the peculiarities of Chardonnay, the specificity of its winemaking process, and the role of oak in its taste. Find the regions that are famous for their Chardonnay. Read everything about true Chardonnay nature in a new article “Chardonnay: the taste of climate and oak”

January 24, 2020, in Burnaby, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Chardonnay: the taste of climate and oak” with 9 guests.

2019

September 20, 2019
A new article about Buzet AOC, the small wine region of French South-West, and about my Buzet wines experience. Read “Wines of France. Buzet AOC”

July 2019, Bordeaux, France.
Private wine appreciation tour “Wines of Bordeaux, France”.

July 2019, Buzet, France.
Private wine appreciation tour “Wines of Buzet AOC, France”.

March 7, 2019
A new article about Grog, the present form Royal Navy to the grateful humankind. Read “Grog”

February 16, 2019
A new article about Feuerzangenbowle, a drink for good company on a cold winter day. Read Feuerzangenbowle, fire-tongs punch.

February 9, 2019
A new article about Mulled Wine, a drink that easily warms you up on a cold snowy day. Read Mulled Wine.

2018

December 2018, Solden, Austria.
Private wine appreciation sessions “Wines of Austria”.

December 9, 2018
A new article about Eggnog, a famous Christmas drink. Read “Eggnog

August 2018, Florence, Italy.
Private wine appreciation tour “Wines of Toscana, Italy”.

August 2018, Chamonix, France.
Private wine appreciation sessions “Wines of France”

2017

August 2, 2017
A new article about the wine law and nomenclature of the USA. Read “Learn to Read Labels. USA.

May 8, 2017, at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Wines of New Zealand” with 8 guests.

April 18, 2017, in East Setauket, NY.
Wine appreciation session “South America Wines” with 14 guests.

April 17, 2017, in East Setauket, NY.
Wine appreciation session “Riesling” with 18 guests.

2016

December 3, 2016, at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC.
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines” with 8 guests.

November 22, 2016
This is a story about Calvados, the apple brandy of Normandy origin; about its history, production technology and varieties.  Read  Calvados. The spirit of an apple.”

November 17, 2016
It is time to celebrate the first wine of the new harvest!
A new article about Beaujolais Nouveau; about the technology of its preparation, which differs from a typical wine technology; and the illuminative story of the popularization of this wine, which made unknown local wine a worldwide famous.  Read “Beaujolais Nouveau. The First Wine of the Harvest.

November 12, 2016
Wine appreciation session “Rose” at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC with 8 guests.

October 18, 2016
A new article about spirits in general: about their origins, history, technology and the basis of their variety.  Read “Introduction to Spirits”

September 19, 2016
A new article about storage vessels for wine, and their importance for long and sage wine life.  Read “From Content to Cover. Corks and Bottles.”

September 10, 2016
Wine appreciation session “South America Wines” at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC with 5 guests.

August 26, 2016
A new article about Cider: its history, technology, diversity and examples. Read “Apples in a glass

August 11, 2016
A new article about a bright wine-based drink for a hot summer day. Read “Sangria.

August 8, 2016
A new article about of unique herb liquor with four hundred years of history. Read “Chartreuse. The Elixir of Longevity with Four Hundred Years of History.

August 1, 2016
A new article about my experience of one of the South African cellars. Read “Chateau Beau Joubert. South Africa on the American Market“.

April 27, 2016
A new article about the wine law and nomenclature in France. Read “Learn to Read Labels. France.

April 13, 2016
A new article about my experience with one of Washington’s cellars. Read “Isenhower Cellars. The aroma of Northern Rhone in the cellars of the American Northwest“.

March 29, 2016
A new article about the wine law and nomenclature that are common in all of the European Union. Read “Learn to Read Labels. Europe“.

March 21, 2016
A new article about sweet wines. Read “Wines for the sweet tooth“.

March 4, 2016
Wine appreciation session “Riesling” in Coquitlam, BC with 5 guests.

January 30, 2016,
Wine appreciation session “Sherry” at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC with 9 guests.

2015

December 18, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Pinot noir” at Tradable Bits’ Christmas Party in Vancouver, BC with 25+ guests.

December 11, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines”  in Dix Hills, NY with 16 guests.

December 10, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Sherry” in Stony Brook, NY with 6 guests.

November 29, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Sparkling wines” at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC with 8 guests.

November 13, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Sherry” in Coquitlam, BC with 6 guests.

October 31, 2015
Wine appreciation session “Riesling” at Russ Winery in Pitt Meadows, BC with 8 guests.