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                                                                                                                  June 11, 2015
Hi Bacchus,

As one comedian noted, fatherhood is pretending that the gift you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

Give Dad something he'll actually enjoy: one of the zesty sparkling wines in this Saturday's LCBO Vintages Release (also great gifts for weddings, graduations, birthdays).

If you're firing up the barbecue this weekend, pick up some big reds from Italy, Australia, Argentina, Chile and France.

Get the complete wine list to see which wines are in LCBO stores closest to you, and create your custom shopping list


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 P.S. Winners of The Great Canadian Wine & Cheese Match will be posted tomorrow!

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Lava-Hot: Why Volcanic Wines Taste Otherworldly

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.

I like my wines with a little hell-fire in them; volcanic viticulture fascinates me. Making wine from water is so BCE, but making wine from lava—now that fires the imagination. 

 Here's the sizzling excerpt from Unquenchable ...

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How Mobile Wine Apps Change the Way We Buy Wine

Feel lost in the liquor store? Looking at a wall of bottles trying to decide which one to buy?

A wine mobile app is like having a pocket sommelier when you're shopping. Scan a bar code and instantly access wine scores, notes and food pairings. No more wasted money (or tears) on bad wine.

You can download the mobile wine app here ...

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Fennel, Melon and Canadian Feta Cheese Recipe

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.

This Fennel, Melon and Feta Salad was 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 of year.

Here's the quick recipe and wine pairings ...

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