Ask Sid

May 14th, 2014

Which wines improve with age? Why are some bottles of champagne so expensive?  What type of food would you pair with a specific wine?  There are so many questions but who do you ask?  How about the International Wine and Food Society.

The IW&FS is excited to announce the addition of a new feature on the blog site called “Ask Sid,” where users can send in their wine and/or food related questions to Honorary President Sid Cross, who will respond every week with his expert opinion.

Send your questions to and sign-up and for our e-mail updates so you can be notified instantly of Sid’s responses which are every #winewednesday

Who is Sid Cross

Sid Cross was the Wines Committee Chair for many years for The International Wine & Food Society. He is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du vin de Bordeaux and be awarded The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America (‘for outstanding knowledge of food and wines and for imparting this knowledge to others’). He has been promoted by the French Government from Chevalier to Officer status in the prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole.

He is a frequent wine judge, panelist and entertaining educator on wine and food. These presently include among many others the prestigious Lieutenant-Governor Awards For Excellence, Vancouver Magazine Wine Competition, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Okanagan Wine Festivals, and Whistler’s Cornucopia.

He is a wine and food guru for several wine and food publications. Co-founder and advisor to The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia he is in demand as a culinary judge including the Olympic Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver, The Canadian Culinary Championships, International Chocolate Awards for Canada, and Oeanwise’s BC Sustainable Seafood Chowder Chowdown Competition.


Ask Sid Cross about wine and food

May 14th, 2014

One Response

  1. Tom O'Keefe says:

    Hi Sid – like your essays. two questions
    !) Is the current Champagne glass really that suitable. I prefer a larger glass where you can really get your nose in to smell.
    2) I’ve been meaning to buy two aging wines and place them side-by-side, but one will have the neck sealed with wax a la old style for some wines. Which will age better if at l all? IE does wine really need to breathe?

    Keep up the good work.

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