Niagara Integrated Film Festival June 2015

By Alex and Priya – A Vine Romance Watching movies under the stars sounds lovely, watching them in the beauty of vineyards with a glass of wine in hand and it’s downright poetic! That’s what awaits you if you head out to the Niagara Integrated Film Festival June 18-21. The festival is entering it’s second year and recently held a media tour to give a hint of what attendees will experience. Let us tell you, you’re not going to want to miss out on this unique collaboration of wine & film. In fact, we’re giving away a pair of tickets […]

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Andrea Franchetti: Mountain Wine Between Stone and Cloud

Continued from Part 3: Etna Wine The next morning, I drive farther up the mountain along a narrow, vertiginous lane called Passopisciaro or “fishmonger’s road.” It was originally named after a seaman who used to sell his catch here on sunny afternoons. He charmed his female customers, generously offering them his services in addition to the seafood. Eventually, their husbands banded together and killed him. Most of Andrea Franchetti’s wines are labeled Passopisciaro, but his customers are safely scattered around the world. In 2001, having spent ten years in Tuscany making wines that received rave reviews, Andrea decided to buy […]

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Marco de Grazia: Coaxing Wine from Contradiction (and Lava)

Part 2: Sicily’s Volcanic Wines Sicily is also known as mezzogiorno, “the land of the midday sun”—and of the midday nap. This April afternoon is so warm that I decide to take la pausa before my next visit. I love that notion of an afternoon pause: it doesn’t sound lazy, just meditative. I retreat to my dark hotel room and flop on the cool bed sheets, mesmerized by my ceiling fan as its breeze evaporates the sweat on my arms and legs. Outside, a dog barks, someone laughs, a door slams. Then quiet. After several hours of drugged sleep, I […]

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Kim Crawford Cocktail Recipe: Pink Kim with Fresh Raspberries

PINK KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée! PINK KIM With its sunset pink colour and its floral bouquet, the Pink Kim is the perfect choice for a girls’ night out on the deck. Ingredients: ½ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. lavender syrup 1 pinch rosemary 3 fresh raspberries 2 drops […]

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Cocktail Recipe: Fresh Kim

FRESH KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée. FRESH KIM This refreshing cocktail is exactly what you need to spice up your night! Ingredients: 4 pieces Granny Smith apple 2 drops Tabasco Jalapeno sauce ½ oz. honey ½ oz. lemon juice 2 leaves tarragon 5 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 5 […]

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LCBO Wines on Sale: May 24 to June 20

Sponsored Post by Philippe Dandurand Wine Agency You can get the complete shopping list of these wines in your closest liquor stores here.     Yellow Tail Sangria Australia Regular Price: $10.95  Sale Price: $9.95         [yellow tail] Pinot Grigio 2014 New South Wales, Australia Regular Price: $$10.95   Sale Price:  $8.95         Georges Duboeuf 2013 Beaujolais, France Regular Price: $12.95  Sale Price: $10.95         HobNob Wine Company Pinot Noir 2014 Languedoc I.G.T. France Regular Price: $12.95   Sale Price:  $11.95         Chapoutier Rasteau 2013 Rhone Valley A.O.C. France Regular […]

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Vino Under the Volcano: Etna Wines Erupt Expected Notions of Terroir

Editor’s Note: I’ve been writing about volcanic wines since my second book, Unquenchable, was published with Random House in 2011. My fascination with them continues. I expected something a little more dramatic: the sizzle of a lava river oozing down the volcano, the rumble of the earth as it split between my feet, the screams of villagers running for their lives. Instead, all I hear are the clicks of tourist cameras as we look up at Mount Etna, its white tip puffing peacefully against the blue sky. “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen […]

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Volcanic Wines Fire the Imagination and Thirst for More

Continued from Part 1: Volcanic Wine Leaving the tourist stop, I fold myself back into my five-inch Fiat. It takes about ten hours drive to the top of the volcano, though I’m not going that far today. Still, with every twist and turn in the road that takes me higher up the mountain, my ears pop and my heart beats faster, wondering whether I’ll come head-on with a tour bus barreling downwards. Out of the corner of my eye, I see vineyards tucked between the medieval villages, chunks of volcanic stone in marvelously strange shapes crouch between the vines. I’m […]

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Errazuriz Wines: Chile’s Cool Climate Grapes Shine

This is the first in a series of team tastings by top reviewers in our community, most of whom are graduates of either the Algonquin College Sommelier Program or La Cite Collegiale Sommelier Program. They share with us their overall impressions from the tasting, as well as reviews of each of the wines presented. You’ll also find their reviews shared on Twitter and Facebook as they are all very active on social media. “The Errazuriz wine tasting at Daly’s restaurant in Ottawa on September 26th was an absolute treat. Francisco Baettig, head winemaker at Errazuriz, is a supremely knowledgeable and […]

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Fennel, Melon and Feta Salad Recipe Paired with Floral White Wine

Fennel, Melon and Feta Salad There’s something magical about the month of June. Maybe it’s that flowers are in full blossom, or maybe it’s that you can finally go outside without wearing a jacket. Whatever it is, I love it and make the most of summer by lounging outside, lightly snacking on some savoury Canadian Cheese, armed with a glass of white wine. This Fennel-Melon and Feta salad was practically made for a day spent relaxing on the patio. The ingredients are really simple and I recommend shopping for them at local farmers markets that crop up during this time […]

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