Chef Michael Smith’s Passion for Wine: Video

Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, hosts the Food Network show, Chef Michael’s Kitchen, and is author of six bestselling cookbooks. In the video chat below, he joins me from his home in Prince Edward Island to talk about his passion for food and wine. How did your passion for food and cooking start? What was the first wine you tried? Which wines do you usually drink for pleasure? Why do you buy Canadian wines? Do you have wine with dinner most nights? If you could share a glass of wine with anyone, living or dead, who would that […]

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The Little Grape That Could: Wine to Toast the Good Life

In our second conversation with Brett Preston and Matt MacPherson, creators of The Little Grape That Could, we talk about the inspiring stories that people have sent in to the web site, including everything from a kind taxi driver and a brave shelter dog to newly weds and a couple married 80 years who celebrated with the wine at their receptions. You discovered some interesting research about how the act of giving can make wine taste better? Why have you had such success with this concept? Let’s taste the wines … what would they pair best with? What are your […]

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Wine Video: Winemaker, Sommelier, Wine Class Teacher, Celebrity Interviews

Newest Videos via Google + Hangouts: Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match: First crowd-sourced holiday wine and food pairings Vegetarian & Wine Pairing: Dave Loan shares tips Cabernet Sauvignon: What makes this big red different Vine App Videos: Changing the way we talk about wine Wine & Cheese Tasting: Join us for pairing tips and conversation You can sort the table below by topic, company or interviewee. Pour yourself a glass of wine and learn about it the easy way.

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Which Wine Pairs with Kindness, Idealism & a Big Heart?

Last year, Brett Preston and Matt MacPherson launched The Little Grape That Could. The twist? All profits from the wine sales go to charities, from the Heart & Stroke Association to Toronto Cat Rescue. In the video below, they talk about how they came up with the idea and how wine lovers can do good by drinking well. What was your motivation for this project? Why did you pick wines from Argentina? How much of the wine’s price goes toward charity and what sales have you achieved? How does it work? I buy the wine, then what? How do I […]

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate + Wine Killer Combos Video

In our second video chat below, Master Chocolatier Derrick Tu Tan Pho reveals more of his secrets for pairing wine and chocolate, especially for Valentine’s Day. He’s also designed some lovely chocolate creations, and suggests rosemary-infused chocolate with habanero sea salt as an aprodisiac that pairs amazingly well with prosciutto and cheese (and a bear skin rug in front of a blazing fireplace) … What are your tips on pairing solid chocolate with wine? How about chocolate with raspberry or blackberry filling? How about Valentine’s Day? Anything special for the chocolate versus chocolate we enjoy at other times of the […]

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5 Romantic Wine & Chocolate Matches for Valentine’s Day – Canada AM

Bev and I chat about 5 to-die-for wine and chocolate pairings on Canada AM. Here are my top 10 matches to give you some more wines for your sweetie: Dark Chocolate and Masi Costasera Classico Amarone, Italy. Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and Henry of Pelham Vidal Icewine, Niagara. Chocolate-Orange Cake and Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva Ruby Port, Portugal. Chocolate with Nuts and Fonseca Bin No 27 Port, Portugal. Milk Chocolate and Puklus Pinceszet Tokaji, Hungary. Bittersweet Chocolate and La Pieve Barolo, Italy. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Inniskillin Wines Vidal Icewine, Niagara. Chocolate Ganache Truffles and Château Guiraud Sauternes, Bordeaux, France. Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake […]

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings for Valentine’s Day Video

In the video chat below, Master Chocolatier Derrick Tu Tan Pho shares his tips for pairing wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day and any other time of the year when you want to indulge. He knows his sweet stuff having won gold at the Culinary Olympics in the categories of sugar, chocolate, wedding cakes and dessert presentation. How did you train for the culinary Olympics? Your secrets to making great chocolate? What is the strangest chocolate sculpture you’ve created? Tell me about some of your specialized tools for making chocolate: induction burners, ganache frames, guitars, robot-coupes, heat guns and automatic enrobers? […]

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Video 2 Free My Canadian Grapes & Wine: MP Dan Albas

In our second video chat, Member of Parliament, Dan Albas, talks about the law he helped to pass that got rid of federal restrictions on shipping wine across Canada. However, important issues remain. We also taste two terrific B.C. wines together and toast to all barriers coming down so that all Canadians can enjoy all Canadian wines. How would removing all restrictions, including those at the provincial level, affect our wine industry? Do we really want wineries growing bigger with a more open market or is it more about having more investment in better wine for existing wineries, and the […]

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Shipping Wine Across Canada: Bill C-311 and Beyond

In the video chat below, Member of Parliament Dan Albas talks about what Bill C-311 means for Canadian wine lovers and wineries today, and what needs to happen next. Can we call a winery in another province and order wine, or only purchase on site? Is there any limit on how much? Is just Canadian wine or all wine? Ontario produces the majority of wine in this country so do you think the Ontario wine industry has more to lose than the BC wine industry if provincial borders are open? About 90% of BC wine is consumed in the province: […]

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Wine, Chips and Snack Pairings Video

In our second video chat below, sommelier Mike Pierce gets into some specific and fun snack food and wine pairings. There were some surprising insights (really) as I thought all snacks would go best with sweet wines … Skittles proved me wrong, though I loved the Cracker Jacks pairing best. Have you discovered an unusually great pairing? What things do you have to keep in mind for the chemically-enhanced flavors of snack food? Any wines that really don’t work with snack food? Why do more obscure and expensive wines seem to go better with junk food?   You can watch […]

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