I’m not a sommelier and am not in the wine industry.  But wine is my life’s passion, and I’m continually trying to study and learn about it (and, of course, drink it) as much as I possibly can.  My formal studies are through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) program, through which I obtained my Intermediate Certificate (with Distinction) in mid-2011 and my Advanced Certificate (with Distinction) in early 2012.  This blog is a way to help me document my learning on the fly and shed some light on the under-appreciated and ever-evolving Calgary wine scene.  Check back regularly for updates; to get in touch, you can e-mail me at petervetsch@gmail.com or follow me and PnP on Twitter at @petervetsch, on Instagram at @popandpour or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/popandpour.  Thanks for reading!


10 responses

14 04 2011
Natalie MacLean

Hi Peter,

Great posts on your site! Please e-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com. It’s about wine of course 🙂




16 04 2011

Natalie, thanks so much for checking out PnP! I sent you a quick e-mail yesterday and look forward to hearing from you. Cheers!



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28 08 2011
Victoria Kaye

I have been following your reviews and I am enjoying them. I just moved to a new town and went into my local LCBO (Ontario) just to get familiar, and now, to build a shopping list from your reviews.

As you’ve been kind in sharing your knowledge, I’d like to share with you as a new fellow WordPress blogger. XoXoXocai.wordpress.com – your emails give away your entire post, and you recently wrote how well you do on views. Have us read your reviews online vs. in your email.

There’s a button called “More” in the text box. You can add a line where you want it to break when it sends by email, as well as posts to your home page. This will help improve the readers experience with Pop n Pour, and give a truer reflection to you on how many of us enjoy reading your reviews. I find myself clicking on the headline to have a better read on your site.

Well, that’s my good deed done for the day – if you’d like to thank me, I’d love to send you some chocolate and have you recommend pairings for my chocolate if you are game. 🙂

Email me at Victoria@HamiltonKaye.com if you are interested. I am an editorial writer as well, and I was fortunate enough to interview Maximillian Riedel a few years back. I’ve got a few ideas, but once settled into my new geography.




1 01 2014
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

This blog looks great. You clearly have a wide-range of knowledge and a true passion for vino. Do you ever wander into queso y vino pairings? Best – Shanna


1 01 2014

Thanks! I’m certainly a fan of the wine and cheese combo but don’t think I have quite the grounding on the cheese side to make it an addition to the blog. Maybe down the road though!


1 01 2014
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

Oh, of course. I do adore fine, artisan / Euro cheeses. Reading through your wine reviews, I was constantly thinking of this or that cheese (aged manchego with the Rioja Reserva, por supuesto). Great blog! Best – Shanna


1 01 2014

Maybe a guest cheese post or something is in order. 🙂 Suggested cheese pairing thoughts or comments are always welcome!


2 01 2014
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

I never say no to cheese. That is just mean. 😉


25 12 2017
Jeff Jackson

Interesting read.


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