Cabernet Sauvignon from Romania’s Dealu Mare Winemaking Region

By Holly Bruns It’s not nomenclature for exotic breeds of horses, nor is it an exotic card game, Dealu Mare is a winemaking region in Romania known for producing red wines. When thinking of Romania, rows of grape vines might not be the first thing that comes to mind – Transylvania and Count Dracula maybe, Communist rule, or the Romani people perhaps – but Romania happens to be the world’s ninth largest wine producer. With a winemaking tradition that dates back some four thousand years, Romanians were drinking wine when most of Europe was not. This might have something to […]

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Wine and Lamb, Brisket, Asparagus, Chocolate – Readers Digest Magazine

I imagined all those thirsty readers in doctors’ and dentists’ offices when I wrote my first column for Readers Digest Magazine in April. I hoped that by thinking about wine as they waited for a root canal or a vaccine they would be a little distracted with thoughts of a mouth-watering wine for lamb or brisket. I love the approach of this magazine: practical, short sips of info you can use now. I guess that’s why it has more than 7 million readers. They’ll drink to that!  

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How to Host a Wine Tasting – National Magazine Awards Nominee

Just found out that one of my columns in Saltscapes Magazine has been nominated for the National Magazine Awards. The story is how to host an informal wine tasting with friends at home. Needless to say, I enjoyed the research for this one! Congratulations to all the nominees below.   Deena Waisberg How Are You Managing? CAmagazine       Christine Langlois Honey, I Sunk the Boat Cottage Life       Susan Nerberg Hot Spot How-To Cottage Life       Kevin Callan, Ryan Stuart Camping 101 Explore       Romana King The Ultimate Home Maintenance Guide MoneySense […]

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Linden Bay Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Grigio for Summer Sipping

    Linden Bay Winery Cabernet Merlot, Niagara, Ontario Plush and ultra-smooth with lovely dark plum and berry aromas. A superb party wine or one to enjoy with just a few friends. Fantastic price. Pair with: beef, lamb, and pasta dishes.  212142  13%  MD  750 mL  $10.95  Score: 86/100.     Linden Bay Winery Pinot Grigio, Niagara , Ontario Dry and refreshing with lemon-lime notes and white grapefruit. No heavy oak or alcohol. Perfect for the deck or dock. Pair with: salad, shellfish, sushi, light seafood and poultry dishes, spicy Asian cuisine.  212134  12%  MD  750 mL  $10.95  Score: 85/100. […]

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Appassimento Wine Tasting – Ontario Wine Society

The Faculty Club – University of Toronto 41 Willcocks St., Toronto Monday, May 14, 2012 Reception – 6:00pm Tasting – 6:30pm Interest in producing appassimento-style wines in Ontario is growing rapidly. This grape-drying process, used in Northern Italy to produce famed Amarone wines, is now producing rich and full-bodied wines here in Ontario. Donald Ziraldo will be our guest speaker, who will share with us his passion for Niagara appassimento-style wines. Joining us for the tasting portion of the evening will be several of Ontario’s innovative appassimento-style wineries : Burning Kiln Winery: 2010 Pinot Noir Burning Kiln Winery: 2011 Cabernet […]

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