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About FirstPressings

Jim Martin has been involved with the wine and spirits industry for more than three decades. Originally from Vancouver, he started with the provincial BCLDB and discovered a passion for wine in 1977 when he stumbled across a 1975 Bordeaux, which was a revelation to him. This led to delving further into wine appreciation through education, constant tasting and evaluation of the different regions of the world. In 2004, he left the BCLDB for the private sector becoming involved in the opening of Kelowna's first private specialty wine store, Waterfront Wines. He was instrumental in developing an email newsletter while at the LDB and expanding it at Waterfront Wines to now include over 3000 people, who receive up-to-date wine news every week. You can reach Jim at 778-484-5656 or email jim@metroliquor.com or visit www.metroliquor.com.

Wines of the Southern Rhone

Of all the wine regions of the world, none has benefited from such a string of successful vintages as the Southern Rhone valley.  With the exception of the disastrous 2002 and the mediocre 2008 vintage, this marvellous viticultural area has … Continue reading

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35th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival

The 35th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival pours into Vancouver on February 25th and runs until March 3th, 2013.  This is North America’s premier wine event featuring 176 wineries from 15 countries pouring 1,850 wines at 55 events to a … Continue reading

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Champagne

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and I drink it when I am. … Continue reading

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A Selection of Wines for Chrsitmas Dinner

Well, we have 13 days until Christmas and the staff parties are happening in full force. Along with staff functions, this is time when we host dinner parties with friends and relatives who we’ve been out-of-touch with. Probably the easiest … Continue reading

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Top Ten Christmas Wines…Part 2…Over $25

Our Christmas list continues with a selection of wines priced $25 and up. 1. This wine comes from the same vineyards that, in a year when a Vintage is “declared”, produce a Vintage Port.  However, as they are bottled between … Continue reading

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Top Ten Christmas Wines (The Best of 2012…part 1. Under $25)

2012 has seen an astounding array of great tasting wines and to compile a “Top Ten List” in such a year is near on impossible.  So, I’ve taken upon myself to split it up into two parts, under and over … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts

Gifts that are wine-related are great for Christmas, especially when you consider that so many people are entertaining during the Christmas season. But sometimes giving a Christmas gift to the wine lover on your list can be daunting, what with … Continue reading

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