Austrian Wine Fairs in Toronto and Calgary

Don’t miss the Austrian Wine Fair in Toronto April 28 and Calgary April 29. More than 200 wines will be poured providing an excellent overview of the country’s offerings.   Details: Austrian Annual Wine Trade Fair Toronto, April 28 Rosehill Venue Lounge, 12 to 4 p.m. Click here for your invitation. For more information and to register, please call the Austrian Trade Commission at 416-967-3348 or e-mail Toronto@advantageaustria.org. Featured Producers: Weingut Andert Weingut Angerer Kurt Weingut Gerald und AndreaDiem Weingut Meinhard Forstreiter Weingut Stift Göttweig Weingut Stadt Krems Weingut Gernot und Heike Heinrich Winzer Krems eG Weingut Huber Weingut Huber […]

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Asian-style Spaghetti & Chicken Salad in Baked Wonton Cups

Serves: 6 2 cups (500 mL) cooked chicken ½ lb (200 g) whole wheat spaghetti 2 Tbsp (30 mL) low-sodium soy sauce 2 Tbsp (30 mL) unseasoned rice vinegar 2 Tbsp (30 mL) ketchup 1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey 1 Tbsp (15 mL) toasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil 2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh ginger, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp (5 mL) chili pepper flakes, hot 2 cups (500 mL) carrots, peeled, grated 2 cups (500 mL) sweet yellow peppers, cut in strips 1 cup (250 mL) green onions, finely sliced ½ cup (125 mL) […]

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Visit Tinhorn Creek Winery this spring or summer

Spring is always an exciting time of year around a winery and this year is no exception. Pruning is completed and buds are starting to form on vines. Bottling is well underway and anticipation of new releases. The official start to wine season, the South Okanagan Winery Association (SOWA) Banee, was this past weekend in Osoyoos and Vancouver Playhouse starts this week, followed by the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. There are some great events at all of these festivals so be sure to attend some of them.      On May 1st the first of the 2009 Varietal Series white […]

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New Wine Reviews

Number of Wines Recommended: 47 Review date: April 17, 2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 16 wines under $20 – Best value white: Herbal-fresh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for shellfish and vegetarian dishes $14.95 – Favourite white: California delivers bottled sunshine in this voluptuous Chardonnay 92/100 – Best value red: Chilean Cabernet-Syrah offers tasty dark berry aromas for hamburgers, meat lovers’ pizza $13.95 – Favourite red: A seductive California Cabernet that won’t quit for filet mignon 92/100 – Best Value Rosé: Classic rosé from sunny Provence for salmon and grilled Portabello mushroom $14.95 – Best Value […]

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Exposé Portfolio Tasting Toronto April 26

More than 100 wines will be showcased as part of the Expose Portfolio Tasting on Monday, April 26 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Meet the winemakers and samples wines from more than 30 wineries, including:   Jackson-Triggs Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Mondavi Open Toasted Head Hardys Kim Crawford Clos du Bois Banrock Station Inniskillin Growers Cider Le Clos Jordanne Hogue Monkey Bay Ravenswood Svedka Strut Fish Hook Nk ‘Mip Arbor Mist Marcus James Naked Grape Red Guitar See Ya Later Ranch Mezzamondo Blackstone Barossa Valley Wines         Wines will be paired […]

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Delicious Curry Rice with Cheddar Recipe

  Spring Eating: Satisfying meals with Canadian cheese With summer on the way, fresh eating is on a lot of people’s minds. There’s nothing like a dish filled with crisp, delicious produce to really put a spring in your step. A big salad with a helping of your favourite Canadian cheese can be a delicious way to get your veggies, but there are lots of great alternatives for satisfying, delicious entrees with an emphasis on freshness. This recipe is the perfect example of how to put together a light, satisfying meal. It’s all about rich flavour without too many rich […]

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5 Star Sommeliers Reveal Wine List Secrets

  Which wines are most popular these days? How do you choose a great wine from a restaurant wine list? Who has all the answers? Sommeliers. They’re the ones on the front lines and they see how our wine community is changing before we do. For my column in this month’s Ottawa Magazine, the sister publication of Toronto Life, I asked five of Ottawa’s best sommeliers their opinions on various vinous issues, as well as for some insider tips on pairing wine with food and selecting great wines from their lists. Here’s what they said …   Grayson McDiarmid Play […]

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