Patrizi Barolo, Benmarco Cabernet Sauvignon, McManis Family Vineyards Viognier: Best Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release August 4

By Gaby Israel Here’s my best cellar wines list for this release as a shopping list that you can print. Italy – Piedmont – 2008 Patrizi Barolo (653527) – $23.95 Barolo for $24? My #1 choice for this Aug 4th release. The Manfredi Family has a long history with wine. In the Second World War, they delivered wine by wagon. 2008 was an outstanding vintage in Piedmont – RP rated it 93 indicating that the wines are age worthy. Argentina – Mendoza – 2004 Cicchitti Gran Reserva Malbec (155713) – $21.95 My #2 choice of this release. Yuval, this wine […]

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A Rose of a Wine from Navan, Ontario

By: Holly Bruns Navan, Ontario is a small village in the Ottawa Valley. It’s an area of the world where the wind blows and temperatures drop to well below freezing in winter, but heat and humidity can bolster the thermometer to the mid-30s in summer. This is farming country and it’s an everyday agrarian landscape that greets the eye: rather flat with a few gently rolling hills, a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, a patchwork of fields. But something is happening in those fields. It’s a slow event, and only discernible to those who are paying attention, but grapevines […]

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Bring Your Own Wine to BC Restaurants

By Mari Kane Friday night marked a turning point in our seven-year-long Vancouver dining experience – we brought our own bottle of wine into a restaurant. One day after the new Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) law went into effect in BC, my husband and I proudly marched into a restaurant bearing a bottle I had purchased in a VQA store not 3 hours before. We set it on the table and the maitre d’ approached our table, saying “I talked to you on the phone. This is our first BYOW.” I told him it was our first BYOW as […]

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Creating a Persuasive Brand of Wine: Arlene Dickinson Part 2

We’re back with Arlene Dickinson in this video chat below, one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs who has had phenomenal success in many fields, from television to books; consultancy to consumer products. We’re going about her wine Persuasion. Let’s start with your own experience with wine: Was wine on the family table when you were growing up? First time drinking wine? How did you acquire a taste for good wine? Do women buy wine differently from men? Women buy 80% of wine as the household purchasers of most consumer goods, the social organizers and dinner planners. Is their approach to wine […]

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Pizza Bianca Recipe Paired with Illuminati Riparosso

Pizza Bianca Not every pizza needs tomato sauce. Briny green olives, dried chile flakes and rich cheese make this pizza a perfect match with a fruit forward Montepulciano d’Abruzzo like Illuminati Riparosso. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Ready in: 30 minutes Original recipe yield 4 to 6 servings 1 (10 inch) pre-baked pizza crust ½ cup coarsely grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese 5 basil leaves, torn 10 green olives, pitted and cut in half pinch of dried chile flakes ½ clove garlic 3 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into ¼ inch thick discs Preheat oven to […]

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Live Video Wine & Cheese Tasting: Chat, Laugh, Sip, Savour

We did it, and we had so much fun last night! Despite a few technical hiccups, we were able to record Canada’s first ever Live Video Wine Tasting on Google +. We paired our wines with some delicious Canadian cheeses. The conversation was terrific … you can also see the Twitter tasting that led up to this where we trended #1 worldwide on conversational topics. We’ll be back soon with our next tasting, please join us! The cheeses and wines we tasted:   1  Year Old Cheddar Île-aux-Grues, Fromagerie de l’Île-aux-Grues, l’Île-aux-Grues, Québec Founded in 1977 by 14 dairy farmers, […]

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Video: Dragon’s Den Arlene Dickinson talks about wine, women, business

Arlene Dickinson, in the video chat below, is best known as a judge on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den as well as advising struggling companies on The Big Decision. She’s the owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a powerhouse agency focused on marketing strategy, has been inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame and is the mother four children. She recently published a book called Persuasion as well as a line of luxury products with the same brand name, including skin care, chocolate, coffee, and what we’re going to talk about today: wine… Before we […]

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Wine & Cheese Tasting Trends #1 on Twitter

I’m still blissfully recovering from our Ontario VQA wine and Canadian cheese tasting on Twitter this Thursday. Our crack team of wine reviewers did an amazing job with their tips, tasting notes and humourous tweets below. As a result, our conversation trended #1 on Twitter: more people were tweeting about Canadian cheese and wine than Jay-Z, Mitt Romney’s wife or any other topic or pop culture icon. Who knew?! The crew will be back again this Wednesday for a live Google + Hangout video tasting. New technology but the old comforts of good food, wine and friends. Please join us […]

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Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration: Down and Dirty with the Grape

In part two of our video chat below, Brian Schmidt of Vineland Estates Winery talk about the I4C event in Niagara this weekend. You can also watch part one of our conversation about cool climate chardonnay. What makes it different from warm climate chardonnays? What are the 5 elements of “cool”? altitude, latitude, maritime influence, climate, winemaking style What is minerality: taste or texture? Compare it? Really from stones? Anything But Chardonnay, nasty acronym ABC: Why did chardonnay get such a bad rap? What are you favourite food pairings for cool climate chardonnay? Tell me about the events at the […]

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Thai-style Shrimp and Cheddar Spring Rolls Recipe with Pinot Grigio and Rose

Thai-style Shrimp and Cheddar Spring Rolls A refreshing and delicious idea for a picnic What is it about eating outdoors that is so appealing? Is it simply the fact that we are trapped inside for most of the year and we need to get out come summertime? Maybe the increased amount of oxygen makes the food and wine taste better. Or maybe natural light soothes a primal part of our psyches, making the meal experience that much better. Whatever the reason, I just love eating outdoors, and I’m always on the lookout for new, easy and tasty picnic recipes. Thai-style […]

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