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Finding the Extraordinary in your Ordinary

Originally published in the Summer edition of the MarketAPeel Magazine: https://www.marketapeel.agency My late father’s banking career kept our family on the move. In fact, every few years we were transferred to a new place and by the age of 8 I’d lived in Red Dear, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.…
Beyond The Wine
January 25, 2021
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How to Turn Conflict into a Competitive Advantage

That’s right, you heard me: conflict as an advantage! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to channel all that energy and passion invested in conflict so that it yields a positive outcome? We’re used to thinking about conflict as bad, negative, unhelpful, dysfunctional, decidedly undesirable. But not all conflicts…
Beyond The Wine
December 12, 2020
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Petulant Pairings For Your Adventurous Palate

When you order fish, you must have white wine. With grilled steak? A big red is de rigueur…but we all know what they say about “rules” – sometimes they’re better off bent! Making wine welcoming Wine can be a very complex subject that intimidates the uninitiated. But it doesn’t have…
Beyond The Wine
December 6, 2020
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Policy Tsunami Headed for Canada’s Wine Industry

Last week we received the first deliberation on the challenge advanced to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by Australia to rectify taxation and markup policies deemed unfair and currently in effect in Canada for Canadian wine producers. I’m not going to delve into the economic or international trade policy analysis…
Beyond The Wine
November 10, 2020
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Oops! I Think That Was A Relation-SLIP!

Back To Sonoma And The Dry Creek Valley My last post was about the powerful human connection that our host at Unti Vineyards, (near Healdsburg, CA), George Unti, created with us and how it resulted in an emotion-driven urge to purchase more wine than we originally thought we might come away…
Beyond The Wine
November 3, 2020
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Covid and the Community Call

How the Pandemic led to Creating New Communities and Newfound Connectedness  Back in March, which feels like a lifetime ago now, the extrovert in me was shell shocked by the move to working exclusively from home. Training sessions were postponed, classes at the university where I teach went online. While…
Beyond The Wine
October 25, 2020
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Introducing Beyond the Wine

Before I knew it for sure or could even properly articulate the concept, it seemed to me that there was more than wine inside a bottle of wine. As long as I can remember, my parents were always entertaining, participating in impromptu potlucks, welcoming guests or visiting friends as a family…
Beyond The Wine
October 7, 2020
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Virtual Wine Tastings & Other Survival Strategies

Faced with an imminent threat or crisis, our reptilian brain automatically takes over. This most primitive part of our brain is responsible for our survival instincts so in a crisis, without delay, it gets us right to the essential instinctive choice to fight, to flee or to freeze. If you’re…
Beyond The Wine
July 17, 2020
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Pronounce BC’s Italian Grape Varietals Like A Pro!

Have you ever felt intimidated by a wine list because of the foreign names? Have you ever resisted ordering a wine because you were afraid you couldn’t pronounce it correctly? Or as a server or tasting room team member, do you wish you could more confidently and competently pronounce the…
Beyond The Wine
July 17, 2020
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Top Tips For An Awesome Virtual Wine Tasting Experience

By now, we’ve all moved to some version of virtual. We’re using different platforms for work meetings, online happy hours, fitness/wellness sessions, catching up with friends and just staying connected as best we can. There’s talk now of wineries cautiously reopening at a date yet to be determined and with…
Beyond The Wine
July 17, 2020