Climate Change Impact on Wine? It’s Not What You Think (Video)

Recently, I worked with TVO on the impact of climate change on wine. Is it simply a matter of wine regions getting warmer and therefore, wine styles getting bigger? No. With this weekend’s cool climate chardonnay event in Niagara, this issue is not just timely, but also important to all wine lovers who value a nervy energy in their wine. Click on the arrow above to watch the video, as well as the wine below.     My thanks to Daniel Speck, Henry of Pelham Winery, and to Paul DeCampo, Southbrook Vineyards, for their expert guidance on this subject. Notes: Ontario has grown […]

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Pairing Wine and Tomato Dishes (Video)

In the video clip above, Jeff and I chat about pairing wine with different types of tomatoes and tomato dishes. What’s your favourite pairing?   Jeff: Stores and Farmer’s Markets are lush right now with colourful products including tomatoes of every colour ripe off the vine or cooked up in a sauce. Nothing can complement a tasty dish like a great glass of wine. And here with her picks for perfect pairing is wine expert Natalie MacLean, nice to see you. Natalie: It’s great to see you, Jeff. Jeff: Now listen, before we get to the tomato, which, to me, […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings July 23

You can access the 109 wines that I reviewed for July 23 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for July 9. 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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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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Want an Instant Wine Library? 500 Wine Book Collection for Sale

Some of my favourite wine books … The Heartbreak Grape by Marq de Villiers, A Fool and Forty Acres by Geoff Heinricks, Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch, A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney and The Billionaire’s Vinegar that I reviewed for the Globe & Mail. Speaking of heartbreak, all of these treasured books are among my wine library collection of more than 500 books that I am selling in its entirety. Why? I feel that these tomes are now a part of me so I no longer need their physical manifestations (translation: I’m downsizing homes and […]

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How to Serve Oysters at Home with Sauvignon Blanc Wine Pairing

The Secret “5 S” Method To Enjoying Oysters at Home SELECT. SHUCK. SERVE. SAVOUR. SAUVIGNON BLANC Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc and oysters are the ultimate summer pairing. The crisp citrusy flavours of the wine work superbly with the salty minerality of the oysters. S3: SERVE Serve on crushed ice with fresh horseradish, lemon wedges and New Zealand’s Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc. Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc represents the best of what New Zealand has to offer, with fresh, vivid flavours that consistently showcase the diverse qualities of New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc can be found at the LCBO for $16.95.   More Tips: […]

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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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