New Wine Reviews October 2

Number of Wines Recommended: 56 Review date: 10/2/2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 17 wines under $20 – Best value white: Crisp German Riesling for seafood  $13.95 – Favourite white: Lovely Australian white 90/100 – Best value red tied: Dense, rich Malbec from Argentina for steak  $12.95 – Best value red tied: A gorgeous Spanish red for pizza  $12.95 – Favourite red wine tied: Robust Aussie red for prime rib 92/100 – Favourite red wine tied: Classic Chilean Cabernet 92/100 – Best value sparkling wine: Spanish Cava for fall entertaining  $16.95 – Favourite dessert wine: Apricot-infused […]

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Win the Centre Stage in Niagara Contest

Let us help you escape to Ontario. Register on ontariotravel.net today and your name will be entered for a chance to … WIN the Centre Stage in Niagara Contest Celebrate the theatrical nature of Niagara during the Shaw Festival’s 50th Anniversary. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look and the best seats in the house set the stage. Then it’s on to the theatre of Niagara’s wine and culinary scene where you’ll savour the sights from the air and tastes on the ground. Take a peek at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s intriguing past, and wrap it all up in a luxurious three-night stay at the Four-Diamond […]

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Bring out the Red for your Rib Eye

While the end of summer may leave you with barbeque withdrawal, oven roasted dishes allow for a seamless transition into delectable fall meals. An earthy wine is the perfect accompaniment for an earthy food like braised bison. Try the Jackson-Triggs 2007 Delaine Vineyard Merlot. This gold medal winner at the 2010 Ontario Wine Awards is a terrific full-bodied red with accented dark berries, plums and rich ripe cassis and currents. It is beautifully structured with excellent balance and is long on the finish. The recipe’s combination of bison, merlot and cocoa will have your kitchen smelling so good the neighbours […]

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The Vintage Harvest Party of the Year

It’s the last weekend of the Niagara Wine Festival, so from September 24th to 26th, raise a glass and celebrate 59 years of a Vintage Harvest! Niagara transforms into a wine lover’s wonderland this weekend, featuring winery tours and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, live entertainment, and one of Canada’s largest street parades.   Enjoy food, wine and live entertainment in St. Catharines’ historic Montebello Park, the hub of the harvest celebration. Experience VQA wines from over 35 wineries as you sip and savour the sounds of Canada’s best live music on the WestJet Centre Stage, featuring fan-favourites such […]

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There’s no shortcoming with Merlot Braised Short Ribs

If there’s one thing that everyone around the dinner table can agree on, it’s that nothing pairs better with red meat than red wine. But accompanying the meal isn’t all that the wine is good for. Braising or marinating the meat with your favourite red creates a symphony of flavours and elevates the dish to a whole new level of deliciousness. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply making a quiet meal for two, merlot-braised short ribs are sure to be a hit. When choosing the merlot, try the Jackson-Triggs 2007 Grand Reserve. Deep ruby coloured, this impressively […]

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Paris: City of Light, Food & Wine

My family and I had a terrific week in Paris recently! So many great restaurants, wines and food. Some of my favourite restaurants included Guy Savoy, Taillevant and Dominque Bouchet. One of the highlights was a cooking class with cookbook author Charlotte Pluckett and former chef and tour guide Richard Nahem. Richard’s done a great job of describing the class, so why reinvent the wheel? You can read his blog post here. Cheers, Natalie

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Wines designed to be fabulous

  Saturday September 18th, 2010 | 2 to 4 p.m. Reif Estate Winery and CBC’s Steven and Chris launch TREND WINES, designed to be fabulous! Join Klaus W. Reif, Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman at the winery for the launch of the TREND wine collection. No reservation required, tasting complimentary. Reif Estate Winery and Design Duo Steven & Chris launch new wine collection. This new partnership was inspired by the international design duo’s love for entertaining and designing all things fun and fabulous. It seemed a natural progression to expand their home décor line, S&C Collection, to include quality VQA […]

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The Vintage Harvest Party of the Year

From September 17th to 26th, raise a glass and celebrate 59 years of a Vintage Harvest with the Niagara Wine Festival! Niagara transforms into a wine lover’s wonderland for two full weekends, featuring winery tours and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, live entertainment, and one of Canada’s largest street parades. Enjoy food, wine and live entertainment in St. Catharines’ historic Montebello Park, the hub of the harvest celebration. Experience VQA wines from over 35 wineries as you sip and savour the sounds of Canada’s best live music on the WestJet Centre Stage. Fan-favourites such as Matt Dusk, The Great […]

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New Wine Reviews

Number of Wines Recommended: 57 Review date: September 18, 2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 21 wines under $20 – Best value white: Mouth-watering Alsatian Riesling for seafood, Thai  $16.95 – Favourite white: Once again, this benchmark Niagara Chardonnay comes out on top 93/100 – Best value red tied: Robust plummy Aussie Shiraz for meaty pizzas, hamburgers $12.95 – Best value red: Staggeringly great Australian Shiraz rated 90/100 points, buy a case $14.95 – Favourite red wine: Seductive Burgundian Pinot Noir  93/100 – Best value sparkling wine:  Toasty bubbly with fresh citrus notes for parties  $16.95 […]

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Discover Ontario’s Wine Country

Meander along the roadways of Ontario’s wine regions to discover small craft wineries, stunning contemporary new facilities and the beauty of sun-drenched vineyards. Be welcomed by passionate winemakers, owners, sommeliers and winery staff anxious to share their craft. In the tasting room, swirl, sniff and sip acclaimed vintages to discover the unique signatures of the winemaker and the pleasures of the perfect pairing. You’re guaranteed to want to take a selection home with you.   You can win a three-night stay in Niagara this fall to attend the Shaw Festival with a private tour, dining and wine country visits. You […]

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