LCBO Best Wines: Wynns Chardonnay, Versado Malbec, Hidden Bench Pinot Noir: November 23 Vintages

Here are my top wine picks from the November 23 Vintages Release, the most quoted Canadian source of reviews in the magazine. VIP Members can access all 103 wines that I reviewed as a text shopping list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores. They can also add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that list on their smartphone. This is one of the benefits of becoming a VIP Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two […]

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Brie Soup Recipe Paired With Chardonnay

Soup and Sweater Season is Here If you’re anything like me, these shorter days can leave you feeling drained and sluggish. With such uninspiring weather, it’s easy to get stuck in a recipe rut. However, sometimes all it takes to inspire me to crack out the pots and pans again is the perfect recipe. And I’ve found just the one. Not only does this Brie Soup look mouth-watering, it’ll be just the thing to warm you up during this long, cold month (along with your favourite sweater of course). With yummy seasoning, white mushrooms, and all the tasty Canadian Brie […]

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Wine Quotes and Liquid Laughter

CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes had done a hilarious parody of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips” in a sequel entitled Captain Phillips 2: The Sommelier Pirates (thanks to my favourite reporter at CBC for sending this ;) Here’s the previous round of wine quotes if you’re thirsting for more. All the best stories have three things:  Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After, and a glass of wine somewhere in the Middle.

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Canadian Wine and the European Trade Deal

How will the new European trade deal affect the Canadian wine industry? Here are some excerpts quoted from a recent story by Dianne Buckner, host of CBC’s Dragon Den. The story ran on CBC, Reuters and Canadian Business magazine. Unlike Canada’s cheese-makers and fisheries who find themselves disadvantaged by the new deal, some in Canada’s wine industry are thrilled by the prospect of new customers. Just ask the president of the Canadian Vintners Association. “The agreement opens preferential market access to the EU’s more than 500 million consumers,” says Dan Paszkowski. “It creates new opportunities for Canadian wine exports to […]

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Yalumba Wine Tasting: A Sensory Tour of Old & New World

By Jane Staples G’day, mate ! was the friendly greeting from Yalumba’s winemaker and storyteller, Jane Ferrari.  As we chatted, I asked her how she feels about the concept of “terroir” and she answered emphatically that she believes in it.  When visitors come to the Yalumba vineyard, she takes small groups out to 5 different vineyards,  then pulls down the back of her truck and does a comparative tasting on the spot. Jane was recently named “Wine Communicator of the Year” in Australia.  A trained winemaker, she now travels the world for Yalumba Wines. Canada and the US are the […]

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Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match

You can help create the ultimate holiday wine shopping list in the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match! Nominate and/or vote for your favourite wines from around the world under $25 to pair with holiday dishes. As the first people’s choice awards for holiday wines, the competition takes a grassroots, “bottoms up” approach to get us rallying behind our favourite bottles so that we can pour like Santa, but save like Scrooge. In the video above, three festive wine lovers and I get into the spirits of the season and chat about wines to pair with holiday dishes. Click […]

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Wine Events and Tastings in Canada

Here are some upcoming wine tastings and events that are worth attending. Let me know if you think I should add others to this list – I’m not trying to create an exhaustive list with every wine event happening across Canada, but rather a carefully curated one of worthy events. Get yourself on the e-mail list for those that interest you now so that you’re reminded when to register. Many events offer free trade tastings during the day for those who work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels etc who are involved with food and wine) as well as media […]

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Dazzling Wine and Food Pairing Dinner Party at Chatelaine

The editors of Chatelaine, Canada’s largest magazine, hosted their first dinner party in the cozy setting of their food kitchen on Thursday evening. Wine and food media gathered to share a delicious multi-course meal. In the video above, Executive Food Director Claire Tansey welcome guests to the Chatelaine Magazine Kitchen, noting that the magazine is celebrating its 84th year of publication. (Click on the arrow to play the video.) Before dinner started, we enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the magazine’s offices on the eighth floor of the building that is home to Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, MoneySense, […]

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Monday Night Mac and Cheese Recipe Paired with Niagara Pinot Noir

Welcome Back Comfort Food The days are slowly getting shorter and there is a subtle crispness in the air, which can only mean one thing: fall is here. While some may scorn the cooler temperatures, I welcome them with wide, sweater-clad arms. One of the main reasons I love the cooler temps? Now I have an excuse to eat warm comfort food whenever I want! Comfort food like this amazing Monday Night Mac and Cheese dish. With delicious ooey gooey Canadian Cheddar, it will melt away the Monday blues and prepare you for a wonderful week ahead. Spoiler alert: it […]

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