Taste Ontario: Wines + Event Make Spectacular Blend

“The evening function for Taste Ontario in Ottawa was beautiful. The Westin outdid itself with food stations all around the ballroom interspersed with ice sculptured bar tables and tree stands. The majestic Chateau Laurier was lit up in the background outside the room-length floor-to-ceiling windows. Music and mingling. Eating and drinking. My favourite pairing of the night was the sauteed shrimp in a rich cream sauce with the Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2011. The event gave us a chance to talk one-on-one with the owners, representatives and winemakers at some of the best wineries in Ontario. At the Closson Chase […]

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Canada’s Wine Trends and Regions: Lang and O’Leary Exchange

Join me tonight on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange, the national television news program with hosts Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary (also of Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank). We’ll be chatting at 4:20 pm EST about trends in the Canadian wine industry as well as emerging new regions to watch from the perspective of Canada’s largest wine site and social media community. Speaking of Kevin O’Leary, you may find this Google + Video interview to the left with him about his own wines of interest. He’s definitely the “merchant of truth” even when it comes to wine ;) Enjoy your […]

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Prince Edward County Wines: What Makes Them Different? Video

In our second video chat with winemaker Norm Hardie and wine blogger Joe Hache, we talk about: – what minerality means in wine and Norm makes a great comparison to hydroponic lettuce – why the grapes grown in Burgundy, France, do so well in Prince Edward County – how county wines are different from those made in other regions of Ontario such as Niagara and southwestern Ontario – what visitors to the county can do aside from visiting wineries: artisanal cheeses, meats and terrific restaurants – why the people’s choice awards for wine is the next great step in shining […]

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Wine Chicken Pairing with Le Clos Jordanne

In the video above, we chat with two Gold Medal winners in The Great Canadian Wine Match: winemaker Sebastien Jacquey and wine lover Darlene Meyers, who rallied thousands of votes for Sebastien’s Le Clos Jordanne Grand Clos Chardonnay to be named Canada’s Best Wine with Chicken. Sebastien joins me from his winery in Niagara, Ontario and Darlene from her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia: –    Darlene describes how her first taste of Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay changed her from drinking red wines all the time –    Darlene and Sebastien talk about why this wine pairs well with […]

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Wine and Pizza Pairing Video: Norm Hardie

In this video, we chat with two Gold Medal winners in The Great Canadian Wine Match: winemaker Norm Hardie and wine lover Joe Hache, who rallied thousands of votes for Norm’s pinot noir to be named Canada’s Best Wine with Pizza. They join me from Norm’s winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Note: there’s a slight delay of a few seconds with their responses because they’re recording from Norm’s cellar. – Joe describes the first time he tasted Norm’s pinot noir and why that occasion was so memorable – Norm talks about what makes this pinot noir and others from […]

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Canadian Wine Award Winners: CTV News

Leanne and I chat about the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match, including how thousands of Canadians engaged in the intensely competitive voting for the best Canadian wines, representing almost every winery across the country. Find out why a robust red from Nova Scotia pairs well with beef, how Prince Edward County showed strongly in all categories and how several Canadian flagship wines can be enjoyed all the more with a simple dish, slice of pizza or cheese. Here’s a shopping list of the finalists to taste your way across Canada. Indeed the people have spoken, and who are […]

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Norm Hardie Wine + Pizza Pairings

After winning the Best Canadian Wine with Pizza for his County Pinot Noir in The Great Canadian Wine Match, Norm Hardie has shared with us his favourite wine and pizza pairings based on the pizzas made daily at his winery in an outdoor wood-burning oven from May to late fall. Like his wines, Norm says, there is no exact recipe for the pizzas, which vary based on seasonal ingredients as well as the daily heat and humidity. Here are Norm’s favourite pizzas with his County Pinot Noir: Margherita: tomato, fior di latte, basil Cochon: tomato, fior di latte, basil, salami […]

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1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival

What better way to enjoy a weekend than with a visit to a beautiful waterfront community, a fiesta with some friendly faces, and a good glass of your favourite wine? And that’s just what The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau is offering the weekend on June 14th and 15th in picturesque Brockville, Ontario at the fourth annual 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival. This delicious event is taking place at the Brockville Memorial Centre, and is working in partnership with Brockville’s Tall Ships Festival and 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, making this one weekend event you do not want to miss! […]

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Ontario Wines Fight for First in Pairing Competition

In our second chat, Leanne and I discuss the economic value that domestic wines have in our economy, the dramatic rise of BC wines and how well Canadian wines pair with a variety of dishes, the focus of The Great Canadian Wine Match. There’s still time to nominate and/or vote for your favourite Canadian wines. It just takes a few clicks and every wine is celebrated on the nomination wall. Leanne also announces the launch of the wine of the week feature that I’ll be doing for CTV News starting on June 1. These will include both Canadian and international […]

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