Wine and Cheese Pairing with a Blockbuster BC Wine

In our second video, we chat about visiting Quails’ Gate winery, winner of the Gold Medal in The Great Canadian Wine Match: – Tips on visiting the winery, including the special menus at the winery’s Old Vines restaurant – How long can Optima age for those wanting to cellar this dessert wine? – Why don’t more Canadian wineries make botrytis affected dessert wines? – What role do people’s choice awards play in our wine and food culture? You can also watch part one of our conversation about pairing Optima with cheeses and desserts.  

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Canada’s Best Wine with Cheese: Quails’ Gate Video

In this video, we chat with the Gold Medal Winners of Canada’s Best Wine with Cheese in The Great Canadian Wine Match. Winemaker Tony Stewart joins us from his winery Quails’ Gate in BC’s Okanagan Valley along with wine lover Matt Steeves, in Ottawa, who championed the winning wine during a very competitive voting process.  We talk about: –    Why Optima made such a big impression on Matt the first time he tasted it –    How Optima pairs with cheeses, and which types are best suited to it, as well as some desserts –    What makes Optima unique on the […]

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Wine and Cupcake Pairing: Best Matches Video

The video below is all about pairing wine and cupcakes, yes cupcakes! Husband and wife Bill McGuiness and Claudia Arimendi, owners of Ottawa’s Cupcake Lounge should know. They take cupcakes to a whole new level: dark Belgian chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, sweet butter cream, 50 flavours, hand iced. As if their cupcakes weren’t enough on their own (and they are), we talk about how to pair them with different styles of wine depending on the cupcake flavour. Have fun with friends and a tasting party. The Cupcake Lounge offers all-natural, gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily. No artificial flavours, preservatives, or […]

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Best Canadian Wine + Food Pairings: Contest Winners

This news story ran in the print and online editions of leading newspapers across the country, as well in more than 50 regional papers. The article was written by a reporter with the Canadian Press (CP), and so this was not our distributed press release. We’re thrilled that it warranted such wide news coverage. You can also read the first story that another Canadian Press reporter wrote about the launch of the wine competition. OTTAWA – Oenophiles from coast to coast have waged a little friendly rivalry over wine pairings and come up with half a dozen of their favourites. […]

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Maple and Cream Cheese Squares Recipe

Celebrate Canada Day the Canadian way Summer is almost underway and Canada Day is fast approaching. If you’re looking for Patriotic menu inspiration, look no further. Nothing screams Canada more than maple. Now combine the deliciously sweet flavour of maple syrup with the rich and creamy texture of 100% Canadian Cream Cheese, and you have yourself the perfect Canada Day treat. These delectable Maple and Cream Cheese Squares will have your taste buds singing “O Canada” in no time. As for Canuck-approved wine pairings, I can recommend a variety of different local varieties from Canada’s finest wineries in Niagara, Ontario. […]

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The Great Canadian Wine Match: Red, White and True North Food

In The Great Candian Wine Match, an annual battle of the bottles, you can vote for your favourite Canadian wines to pair with Canadian cheese, chicken, beef, seafood, pizza and dessert. As the people’s choice awards for Canadian wines, the competition takes a grassroots, “bottoms up” approach to get us rallying behind our favourite bottles from coast to coast. How do I nominate a wine? Go to the nomination wall for one of the six Canadian food categories: chicken, beef, pizza, cheese, seafood or dessert. Simply enter the name or product code of the wine. You can find product codes […]

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Pairing Wine and Cookies Video Tips

Pairing wine and cookies? Oooh yes! In the video chat below, Laura Englander and Leah Kuo, the founders of Cookies n Corks, talk about how you can match cookies and wine. They discuss the types of cookies that work best with white wine, red wine and sparkling wine — and they have great ideas on how to host a fun tasting party with friends. How did you came up with this idea? What were the challenges in starting this business? Don’t cookies make dry wine taste bitter? How did you adjust the recipes for the cookies to go well with […]

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Rocky Road Cream Cheese Fudge with Port or Icewine

Make the festive season even more festive The calendar has flipped to December and you know what that means. Parties. Lots and lots of parties. And while we all look forward to going out and having a good time with friends and family, it’s not always easy to think of a nice gift to bring the hosts. Until now. This week I’m happy to share the recipe for Rocky Road Cream Cheese Fudge, which, I have to tell you, is as good as it sounds. Featuring Canadian Cream cheese, this particular recipe has a lot going for it. Yes, it’s […]

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe Paired with Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny

This holiday classic is the perfect finale to Christmas dinner. A fantastic pairing with this dessert is Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny, a port-style blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Makes 10 servings For the Puddings: 1 ¾ cups packed pitted dates, chopped 2 cups water 1 ½  tsp baking soda 2 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder ½  tsp ginger ½  tsp cinnamon ½  tsp salt 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs   For the Toffee Sauce: ¾ cup unsalted butter 1 ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup 35% cream ½ tsp vanilla […]

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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, $17.95) is a light, refreshing and affordable alternative to French […]

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