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Dear Bacchus, October 12, 2012

This week's wine picks has some terrific Italian and Spanish wines for fall and holiday entertaining as well as some bargain bubblies for those larger gatherings.

For holiday dining out, pick up a copy of the new guide to Canada's Best Restaurants from Maclean's Magazine, just hitting newsstands. Lots of great new places to try.

I loved being part of the review team and working with the talented editor Jacob Richler (Mordecai's son immortalized in the Jacob Two-Two books).

Our second Canadian wine and cheese video tasting on Google + this week was such fun! We incorporated more wine pairing tips and some interesting background on the cheeses.

Pour yourself a glass, break off a piece of cheese and taste along with us.

Have a great weekend,


Wines of the Week
Here are all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines. More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
Try this Fall Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or South African Chenin Blanc ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
 Stuntman Travis Oke is at it again in this blog post on pairing wine with fall squash brulee involving a blow torch ... More »

In the video chat below, Louisa Rose of Yalumba Wines Australia has some fascinating insights into the lovely floral white wine Viognier, including how it affects the robust red wine Shiraz when even just 5% is added to the blend.

Viognier is one of the most aromatic and under-appreciated white wines, perfect for a variety of dishes, including hearty meats when you don’t want to drink red.



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