Wine for Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch & the Charming Man Behind the Bottle

Winemaker Matt Fowles talks with guests By Jane Staples An early spring evening, a cozy fire burning in the hearth and award-winning wine from Australia’s Fowles Wines set the tone for a delightful evening at Australia’s High Commission on April 8th. The original Fowles family ancestors settled in Australia in the early 1800s, having arrived from England and Ireland.  The winery is now run by one of their descendants, Matt Fowles, who was formerly a successful lawyer. In 2007, Matt was selected to be part of the “Future Leaders” program that fosters a new generation of wine industry leaders for […]

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Food & Wine

Dinner with wine used to be simple. The rule was white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. But most of us don’t just eat meat and potatoes or drink claret and chablis these days. With modern fusion cuisine and wines from new regions around the world, the choices – and confusion – are great. One new school of thought is that any wine goes with any dish. However, most of us don’t put ketchup on our ice cream for the same reason as we don’t drink a delicate white wine with a hearty meat dish or […]

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Bring out the Red for your Rib Eye

While the end of summer may leave you with barbeque withdrawal, oven roasted dishes allow for a seamless transition into delectable fall meals. An earthy wine is the perfect accompaniment for an earthy food like braised bison. Try the Jackson-Triggs 2007 Delaine Vineyard Merlot. This gold medal winner at the 2010 Ontario Wine Awards is a terrific full-bodied red with accented dark berries, plums and rich ripe cassis and currents. It is beautifully structured with excellent balance and is long on the finish. The recipe’s combination of bison, merlot and cocoa will have your kitchen smelling so good the neighbours […]

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