The Secret “5 S” Method To Enjoy Oysters at Home with Sauvignon Blanc

The Secret “5 S” To Enjoy Oysters at Home SELECT. SHUCK. SERVE. SAVOUR. SAUVIGNON BLANC “Oysters, like wine, have a tendency to bring people together, open up conversation, throw inhibitions to the side and make a party unique.” – John Belknap, owner of John & Sons Oyster House S1: SELECT Ten Tips To Select Oysters 1.    Buy oysters from a local fish monger and ask for ‘Select’ or ‘Choice’ grade oysters. 2.    Look for oysters that are tightly closed. Avoid oysters that have a soft or spongy shell. 3.    Choose oysters that are slightly rounded and evenly shaped, with a […]

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Why Washington Wines Will Surprise You: Videos + Reviews

Recently, Canada’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered in the nation’s capital for a spectacular tasting of Washington State wines led by head winemaker at Columbia Crest Winery, Juan Munoz Oca. This also included wines from Chateau St. Michelle, H3 and Two Hands, which are part of the winery’s portfolio. Here are their surprising insights and insider tips on discovering Washington state wines. Heather Wall Wine Columnist, Huffington Post Canada Juan weaves a familiar story of most winemakers I have had the pleasure of meeting. Wine is in his blood and prior generations have taught him a love and respect for wine […]

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Is This the World’s First Crowd-Sourced Wine? You Can Vote!

As a tech geek, I love this story behind the world’s first crowd-sourced wine. Our team member, Lori Kilmartin, does a fabulous job of sharing it from our tasting of Washington wines recently.   Lori Kilmartin Sommelier & Blogger I really enjoyed hearing about the “Crowd-Sourced Cabernet” program that Juan launched in 2014. As the location of the winery in Paterson, Washington is a bit off the beaten path, visitors were not as plentiful as at other wineries. Juan wanted a way to share the winery and the experience of making wine with others, so he came up with this unique idea. […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings July 9

You can access the 122 wines that I reviewed for July 9 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for June 25. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or […]

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Video: These Summer Wines Will Surprise Your Taste Buds

Global News Host Carolyn and I chatted about great summer wines yesterday to please your palate and keep your cool. Here are the wines we featured: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc Cave Spring Cellars Csv Riesling Cave Spring Cellars Estate Bottled Cave Spring Vineyard Pinot Noir Ruffino Ducale Riserva Chianti Classico Clos Du Bois Rouge Alamos Malbec McWilliams Wines JJ McWilliam Shiraz Cabernet Barefoot Zinfandel Cave Spring Cellars Indian Summer Late Harvest Riesling

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Ontario Wines in Upcoming Vintages Releases

In response to our latest readership survey, we’re posting early reviews of wines coming out in the LCBO this fall. You’ll find tasting notes and scores for Ontario wines coming out in the October 1, 15 and 29 releases below.  You’ll find all wines here. To find a wine quickly, click on the “CRTL” and “F” buttons on your keyboard, then search by a simple keyword in the open blank that appears. One unique word is often best, for example: Pelham Please note that prices are subject to change and will be updated when the LCBO publishes its final prices […]

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New World Wines in Upcoming Vintages Releases

In response to our latest readership survey, we’re posting early reviews of wines coming out in the LCBO this fall. You’ll find tasting notes and scores for New World wines coming out in the October 1, 15 and 29 releases below.  You’ll find all wines here. To find a wine quickly, click on the “CRTL” and “F” buttons on your keyboard, then search by a simple keyword in the open blank that appears. One unique word is often best, for example: Pelham Please note that prices are subject to change and will be updated when the LCBO publishes its final prices […]

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Coming Soon to an LCBO Near You

You have spoken. Our latest readership survey indicates that our 172,000 subscribers want to be first to know what’s coming out in the LCBO. That way, you can add your favourite wines to your Custom Shopping List, Buy Again List or Wish List for those shopping for gifts for you. (That’s key for the holiday season right around the corner.) These interactive functions are integrated and accessible with real-time LCBO inventory on Canada’s only wine mobile apps with both a barcode and front label scanners. So this is the first in a regular series of posted reviews in advance of their release in the […]

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European Wines in Upcoming Vintages Releases

You’ll find tasting notes and scores for European wines coming out in the October 1, 15 and 29 releases below.  You’ll find all wines here. To find a wine quickly, click on the “CRTL” and “F” buttons on your keyboard, then search by a simple keyword in the open blank that appears. One unique word is often best, for example: Pelham Please note that prices are subject to change and will be updated when the LCBO publishes its final prices for each release. Let us know what you think and how we can improve this new feature for you. Cheers,     […]

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Best Bottles for Outdoor Dining: Wines for the Wet & Wild

By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the best wines for summer entertaining – well, I have a bit more to say about the joys of summer sipping. Here’s Part Two, enjoy! Dip and Sip – The Pool Party Crunchy, oily, salty chips and hot dogs with all the fixin’s are so much fun under the sun, especially poolside! My preference is to wash this super-casual stuff down with an ice cold beer or cider, but there are a few playful wines practically made for chillaxin’ by the pool!   Adamo Estate Winery Rosé, Hockley […]

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