Find Your Holiday Gift Wine from Our Team Tasting Top Picks

Our last big team tasting for the year had 150 bottles on the tables, with a special focus on the wines of Austria as well as Prosecco Italian sparkling wines. You can watch the video reviews below of our team’s favourite discoveries. Photo by Cherie Cole Cherie Cole Restaurant Wine Consultant             Matt Steeves Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live                   Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen                 Rachelle O’Connor Wine Blogger & Judge         Sharon Prionas […]

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Balderson Cheddar Cheese and Canadian Wine Pairing: Vote for Your Favourite

Savour your holidays with these terrific Balderson Cheddar Cheese and Canadian wine pairings. Vote for your favourite below! Which Balderson Cheddar & Wine Pairing Gets Your Vote? This poll will open on Monday, December 5. The three people with the most votes will each win a Balderson gift basket valued at $70.   Sylvain Segard Accredited Sommelier Which came first, wine or cheese? One thing for certain is that a great one calls for another.  The sharp nose and dry buttery texture of the Balderson Vintners Extra-Old Cheddar agree wonderfully with the pear and melon aromas and the ripe orchard […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings December 10

You can access the 139 wines that I reviewed for  as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for November 26. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before […]

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9 Radical Reasons to Drink Austrian #Wine

On our Sunday Sipper Club via Facebook Live Video this weekend, we tasted a variety of wines from Austria. The discussion was lively, insightful, and many times, humourous :) You can read the 112 comments (!) here and even post one yourself. The Facebook Live Video show was simultaneously broadcasted on YouTube Live Steam … gotta love technology! Meanwhile, the weekend before last, 30 wine writers and sommeliers gathered to taste a large selection of Austrian wines. You’ll find their video comments below.   Rachelle O’Connor Wine Blogger & Judge   And as if this isn’t enough, here are 9 radical […]

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Win $500 Wine Pack with Casas del Bosque Wines on Instagram

Enter the #hotandcool Photo Contest to Win a $500 Wine Pack Featuring the wines of Casas del Bosque, Chile Some like their wines from cool regions and others like them hot. From the vibrant tropical and citrus notes of Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc (Cool Casablanca Valley) to the dark fruit, chocolate and cooking spice flavours of the Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère (Hot Rapel Valley), these wines suit your every mood.   What do I win? The grand prize winner of this contest will receive a $250 gift certificate to the LCBO and matching his and her Casas del Bosque […]

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Holiday Gift for Wine Lovers: Give the Gift of Great Wines Year Round

Wondering what to give the wine lovers in your life? How about a guarantee that they’ll enjoy every bottle they open? With a gift subscription to my wine reviews, they get exclusive access to my best value and top rated wines: red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines from around the world at all price points. They’ll discover wines they’ve never heard of that go amazingly well with a wide variety of dishes: bottles they would never have pulled off the shelf based on the label alone. No more disappointing bottles, no more paying too much for too little taste […]

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Prosecco Wine Video Reviews for a Sparkling Night

On our Sunday Sipper Club via Facebook Live Video, we tasted a variety of Prosecco Italian sparkling wines. The discussion was lively, insightful, and many times, humourous :) You can read the 50 comments (!) here and even post one yourself.   Prosecco wines were also part of our year-end big team tasting. Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen     Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco  Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy           Matt Steeves Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live         Tenuta Lovia Conegliano Valdobbiadene Proseco Superiore   Veneto DOCG, Italy           […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings November 26

You can access the 164 wines that I reviewed for November 26 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for November 12. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or […]

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Plonk Wine Videos Stumble Blindly into Brilliant Insight

At last, wine web videos that actually blend humour and personality. The online series Plonk crushes tired old wine talk, yet slyly mixes in wine education without a bitter after taste. The creators of Plonk get it: you can’t begin to educate without entertaining … first, foremost, forever. My thanks to the intrepid Beppi Crosariol for featuring the series in his Globe and Mail wine column. It deserves the attention, and is certainly getting it with 98,000 views and climbing quickly.  Now that’s viral. My favourite scene is in episode four when Chris, the host, gets Rocky-style training on how […]

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Prosecco with Lemon Sponge Cake, Lemon Curd and Raspberry Ice Cream

Bottles & Bites by Shari Goodman Natalie’s Challenge: Find a bottle. Pair with bites. My Goals: Bottle must be under $25. Bites must be delicious. Lemon Sponge Cake, Lemon Curd and Raspberry Ice Cream Sun meets bubbles in this pairing of bottle and bites. With a light but refreshing drink and dessert combination, this is sure to cool you off in the middle of a heat wave. I love bubbles in the summer. And Prosecco was made for summertime sipping. This Italian sparkling wine (Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, $18.95) is a light, refreshing and affordable alternative to French […]

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