Welcome to Frog’s Pad

I am an Atlantic Canadian based Sommelier and writer who conducts wine tastings, wine and food pairing events and classes, as well as beer and spirits tastings, events and classes. I also judge competitions, and provide training and consulting to the industry. I have designed wine lists and facilitated training sessions for restaurants in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and I regularly travel across Canada and around the world for events and competitions, and to learn. I am available for public and private events.

I grew up and went to school in the Halifax area and still spend a lot of time there (in bars, restos, visiting family, drinking wine and beer, etc.) but I live in Rothesay, New Brunswick, just outside of Saint John. I also travel to Fredericton, Moncton, Charlottetown, Caraquet, Wolfville, Lunenburg, Woodstock, Florenceville, Shediac and elsewhere in the Maritimes for events.

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WHAT’S NEW AT FROG’S PAD?

Note to all Atlantic Canadian Breweries: You should enter in the inaugural Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards being held this October in Halifax. It will be judged by Certified Beer Judges. I’ll be judging, as will several other key Canadian beer people, including Mirella Amato, Master Cicerone, and National Level Beer Judge Jeff Pinhey (yes, it runs in the family). Learn more at the official ACBA Facebook site.

https://www.facebook.com/BeerAwardsAtlantic

 

 

MY FACEBOOK PAGE IS LIVELIER THAN EVER

I’ve been quite busy uploading content to my Facebook site. Like MY PAGE on Facebook to stay up to date on what I’m doing in terms of events and articles, and to see my weekly wine, beer and spirits picks.

 

CHILE!

My 2013 trip to Chile is summed up in words and pictures here.

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My Top 100 Good Drink Guide was in the various Brunswick News papers across New Brunswick on Thursday, December 19th, 2013. Here it is! Feel free to click Top100GoodDrink2013 to view a copy that you can save to your mobile device, or print one out for your own use. If you have problems, email me at brufrog@gmail.com and I will email one to you.

Top100GoodDrink2013

 

THE RED WINE TASTING OF A LIFETIME

Check out my latest article on the Red Wine Tasting of a Lifetime! Click here.

NOTE!  Postponed Wine and Food Dinner at Decimal 81

My first ever wine and food pairing dinner with the talented Chef Brad Richard at Decimal 81 in Saint John is on hold until we can find a suitable date.  For information on the restaurant, go to Decimal81.ca, email info@decimal81.ca or call  (506) 642-8181

 


Here
 is my story on my recent trip to Vinho Verde, Portugal, with some extra pics…

You can read my article about my NZ trip here.

Here is an article I wrote about Glenora Single Malt Whisky from Cape Breton

Check out Palate Press for my article about Minnesota grapes being used successfully in New Brunswick.

Here is an article about my pilgrimage to Burgundy

The famed Hill of Corton

The famed Hill of Corton

I’m a Beer Writer for TAPS, Canada’s Beer Magazine, and I sometimes judge at the Canadian Brewing Awards, tapsmedia.ca, canadianbrewingawards.com

 

 

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