Wines for Summer BBQ, Picnics, Seafood: CJAD Radio

Which wines to crack open for summer BBQs: big reds for meats and flavourful whites for seafood and veggies. Seven Deadly Zins, Menage a Trois, Innsikillin Riesling, St. Nicholas Cider and Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc.   Do you have to pay much a lot for good wine? No, and here’s why.   We chat about this and other tasty topics on CJAD radio, one of the largest morning talk shows in the country.

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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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Garlic-Ginger Shrimp With Quinoa Recipe Paired with Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Garlic-Ginger Shrimp With Quinoa By Liz Pearson Fresh tasting, totally delicious, fast and easy!  That is how I would describe this meal.  It’s fantastic.  It’s great for lunch or dinner and company will love it too.  Shrimp is a lean source of protein and rich in nutrients, including selenium, vitamin B12, choline, magnesium, zinc and copper. Although shrimp does contain cholesterol, for most people, in moderation, shrimp can easily fit into a healthy diet.  As for quinoa, it is considered a whole grain and is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, magnesium and folate. I hope you enjoy this meal as much […]

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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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Wine + Seafood Pairing Video: Food Network Star Michael Smith

In our second video chat below, Food Network star Michael Smith talks about his take on food and wine pairing, especially with seafood. Michael’s laid-back approach to all things wine and food is part of his success. You’ll note his conversational tone in this video … it’s as though we’re sitting at his kitchen table enjoying a good glass of wine. Find out why Michael is especially keen on wines from B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. What’s your take on pairing food and wine? Which wines pair best with seafood? Which don’t? What’s one of your most memorable wine and seafood pairings? […]

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Recipes from Wine Country: Prosciutto and Rosemary Wrapped Salmon Parcels with Reif Estate Riesling

Prosciutto and Rosemary Wrapped Salmon Parcels What better way to go local than matching your favourite Reif Estate VQA wine with a recipe from wine country? The summer heat has offered up sweet, ripe produce and now that wines from the remarkable 2010 vintage are hitting the shelves at your local LCBO the time is right to put Ontario on your table. Chef Robin Howe uses only the freshest ingredients in preparing his culinary creations, an expression of his passion for the bounty in Niagara. One of his favourite ingredients to use this time of year is tomatoes and of […]

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Crab Cakes, Corn, Fennel Recipe with Inniskillin Chardonnay

Crab Cakes with Corn & Fennel A tasty summer dish where the corn and fennel enhances the natural sweetness of the crab. The richness of the crab and the toasted notes from the panko crust is enhanced with the balanced characteristics of cool climate Chardonnay. Explore the versatility of cool climate chardonnay with your favourite summer foods at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration July 20-22. Tickets on sale at www.coolchardonnay.org. Serves 4   1 lb Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (or Backfin) 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter ½ cup Fresh Corn Kernels (or frozen) ½ cup Fennel, finely […]

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Recipe: Cedar Planked Salmon, Beet Quinoa Salad with Jackson Triggs Chardonnay

Cedar Planked Salmon With Beet & Quinoa Salad, Chardonnay Vinaigrette Salmon and Chardonnay are long-time comrades, and the use of chardonnay in this vinaigrette adds another dimension to the dish. Meet Chef Mackiddie at the i4c Kick-Off Party July 20th, featuring The Arkells at Jackson Triggs. Tickets on sale at www.coolchardonnay.org. Ingredients: 2 Cups Dry Quinoa 4 Cups Water 1 Tsp Salt 2 Medium Beets Cooked and Sliced 1 Tsp Chopped Thyme 1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley Method: Add Quinoa, Water & Salt into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until water is fully absorbed (about 15 minutes). […]

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Recipe: White Fish,
 Potato Gratin, Garlic Braised Baby Spinach, Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Crisp cool climate chardonnay and Ontario whitefish is a classic pairing, enhanced by the rich leek and potato gratin. Meet On the Twenty Restaurant’s Chef Romano where he will present more delicious fish dishes at the Fins, Fowl & Flint Luncheon at Cave Spring Cellars on July 21. Tickets on sale at coolchardonnay.org. Serves 4 4 – 6 oz portions Ontario white fish (skin on optional) 4 pounds Yukon potato (peeled) 1 pound leeks (washed and sliced thin) bottoms only 1 liter cream 2 garlic cloves 2 pounds spinach ½ cup Cave Spring Juice 1 lemon 1 tbs poppy seeds […]

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