Gorgeous Cookbook from Canada’s Capital is a Go-To Gift Book

One of Canada’s most respected and award-winning food writers, Anne DesBrisay, has just published her first cookbook, Ottawa Cooks. Anne has been the undisputed champion of the nation’s capital dining and food scene for more than twenty years. Her cookbook is a glorious compendium of recipes developed by Ottawa’s top restaurant chefs. You can try them at home, or simply visit the restaurants to enjoy them there. Best of all, this book is an ideal gift for anyone in your life who loves food. The mouth-watering food photography alone makes it worthy of any coffee table. Anne is the restaurant critic for Ottawa […]

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Wine Club Besties Find Friendship in the Glass

By Lori Kilmartin Sommelier & Blogger Do you love wine, but no one else in your household does? Do you love wine but can’t afford to buy the more expensive wines you’d like to try. Do you just love wine – and would like to drink and learn more about it? There’s a great solution to all of the above – join a wine group – or form your own! I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Wine Beasties Group (play on “Bestie) for about 9 years now. This group of 8 members was formed over 20 years […]

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Austria Wine Delights Beyond Gruner Veltliner with a Red Wine Revolution

By Mymi Myriam Toronto’s Austrian Wine Tasting took place on a lovely warm spring day. Thinking I would be charmed by a panoply of Gruner Veltliners, I entered a very bright and spacious room where the event was taking place and I began looking through the list of producers as well as the wines they were pouring. I thought my main challenge would be in deciding which Gruners to try but then I realized that so many reds were also being poured. Good news, since I am a big fan of Zweigelt, but there was one varietal in particular that […]

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Domaine Drouhin Wines Express Oregon Terroir

By Melissa Pulvermacher Carrying on the cool climate conversation, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Arron Bell, the winemaker of Domaine Drouhin, a winery in the cool climate region of Willamette, Oregon. The most popular varietals produced in Oregon include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. We recognize most of these varietals for their ability to grow well in cooler climates. Oregon produces incredible expressions of these varietals, two of which I had the pleasure of tasting with Arron. Video: Meet Arron Bell “I didn’t know what to do after college. So what do you do? You […]

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Miguel Torres Chilean Wines Focus on Sustainability

By Melissa Pulvermacher During i4C (International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration), I had the opportunity to meet with producers from all around the world. My meeting with Miguel Torres of Chile’s General Manager, Jaime Valderrama was a real treat. In our market, we recognize Torres Chile as the producer of easy-drinking, incredibly affordable wines, but after speaking with Jaime, I now recognize their sustainable initiatives as a major part of who they are. We spoke of the “sustainability strategy”. In our current market, green and health products are in high demand. This does not transcend wine and in fact, the demand […]

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Tasting the Cool Climate Wines of Argentina’s Secreto Patagonico

By Melissa Pulvermacher Another tasting during my time at the 2016 i4C Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration was with Secreto Patagonico’s Production and Sales Manager, Tomas Groppo Parisi. Secreto Patagonico is in the southern hemisphere in Patagonia, Argentina. A lot of us immediately think of Mendoza, heat and Malbec when we think of Argentina, which may leave us a bit confused with the relevance to cool climate wines in this situation. Patagonia is actually in the south of Argentina and remember that in the southern hemisphere, the south is a lot cooler than the northern regions. Mendoza, the Malbec-famous region, known […]

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Gerard Bertrand’s Cool Climate Wines Blend in A Spiritual Component

By Melissa Pulvermacher Gérard Bertrand, a name we all recognize in the wine industry certainly has a diverse portfolio, but after sitting down with JP Turgeon, Canada’s Gérard Bertrand Portfolio Director, I was given the opportunity to taste the ‘cool climate’ options in our market. JP shared his story, his attempt at the gruelling Master of Wine exam and how he is incredibly proud to be working with this portfolio of quality wine from Gérard Bertrand. Gérard Bertrand is represented in Ontario by Family Wine Merchants and has several wines currently available here in the LCBO. The winery currently owns 650 hectares […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings October 15

You can access the 143 wines that I reviewed for October 15 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for October 1. 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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Thanksgiving Wines: Live Video Chat

  In this Facebook Live Video chat, we discuss terrific wines for Thanksgiving.   You can click on the arrow above to play the video.   If you’d like to read the comments, or make a comment yourself, visit:    https://www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/10154411500734845   You’ll find the most recent live video wine tasting at the top of the timeline here:   www.facebook.com/natdecants   We taste every Sunday evening at 6 pm eastern so add us to your calendar and grab a glass of wine.    Click on Follow, Like and Signup on the page above to get notified when we go live.

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Pairing Wine with 7 Turkey Dishes from Bacon to Turducken

Yesterday, Leanne and I chatted about great wine with Thanksgiving trukey on CTV. We started with “basic” roast turkey, but went way beyond with citrus and Cajun turkey, and even that oddity turducken. Click on the arrow above to play the video. You can also watch our second chat about pairing wine with turkey left-overs from turkey tetrazzini to (oh yes) turkey pizza! (1) Roast Turkey         Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy                 Wits End Luna Shiraz 2014 Wine Review Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia   […]

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