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Celebrate Temecula Valley Wine Month

By Annette Brown

Celebrate California Wine Month Temecula-style this September in a month-long toast to the region’s bounty. Exciting programs for wine-lovers include CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase; Crush on Temecula Valley Wines, in partnership with local restaurants throughout Temecula Valley; a Wine Country video contest; a Wine Country social media challenge; SIP Temecula Passports, good for five tasting flights at participating wineries; and live events and entertainment happening in September throughout Wine Country. 

Canada

100 years of Canadian passion

By Paul Knowles (first published in a shorter version in Forever Young)

As virtually every Canadian is well aware, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the most important institution in this country. No, not Parliament – the National Hockey League. As Canadian celebrates its 150th birthday, the NHL is marking its centennial. (Photo: The puck drop at the terrific 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles; many of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time were on hand to drop a multitude of pucks for the 2017 All-Stars; Paul Knowles photo).

United States

Much in common between communities, but the Tech Museum is a San Jose stand-out

By Paul Knowles

(First published in www.exchangemagazine.com)

Waterloo Region residents who visit San Jose, California, will probably feel quite at home, very quickly. The two communities have a lot in common – except for the southern California climate, of course. San Jose is part of the state's famed Silicon Valley, home to many start-up and global tech companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google.

Continental Europe

Cognac workshop the highlight of Bordeaux experience

By Paul Knowles

Beside my keyboard, as I write this, there is a snifter containing a unique Cognac. It sits next to an elegant wooden box with a brass clasp. The box is labeled “Camus: Maison Familiale Depuis1863”. Inside the box is the 50 cl bottle, bearing the label “PMK”, and its unique code – 15-07-108. Oh yes, it also lists the details of the blend – 60% from the Camus vineyard in Borderies, 20% Fins Bois, 10% Petite Champagne, 10% Grande Champagne, each a different – although neighbouring – “cru”. A perfect blend, to my way of thinking. Of course, I am biased – the “PMK” on the label are my initials; this unique bottle of Cognac is my own, personal blend, the end result of the highlight of a trip to Bordeaux, France – a “Master Blender” workshop at Camus, the largest independent and family-owned Cognac House.

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