Sparkling Spring Cocktails with Luc Belaire, France

At our Maison, established in 1898, sixth-generation winemakers oversee production of each bottle of Luc Belaire, ensuring that the perfect balance is realized in each bottling, and creating the elegant, refreshing blend characteristic of our house. Each expression in our range exemplifies the best of French wine tradition: our Rare Rosé and Luxe Rosé, from the heart of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, are native to the most famous rosé winemaking region in the world. Our Luxe and Gold cuvées are made in Burgundy, one of the world’s most celebrated and historic wine terroirs. The Belaire range combines grapes of rare quality with […]

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How is the Coronavirus Impacting Wineries, Restaurants and Wine Drinkers? (Video)

After you click on the arrow above to play the video, move the player control along the bottom to the 1 minute and 30 second mark as the first part is checking to see if the tech gods are playing nice and the video is working ;)   How the Coronavirus is affecting the wine and restaurant industries? I want to know if you’re changing your wine buying or dining out habits? Are you still traveling to wine regions or attending wine events? Let’s talk. Pour yourself a glass of wine, relax and chat with me. You can also join […]

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Why Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of Red Wines (Video)

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about the colourful history of the king of red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine and most planted on the planet — it’s the OG (original gangster) of wines, so to speak. In 1997, UC Davis researched revealed its parents: the white grape Sauvignon Blanc and the red grape Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is thinner skinned and early ripening than Cabernet Sauvignon.             Stave & Steel Canadian Whisky Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 California, United States   Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, tannic, sauvignon means […]

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The Gorgeous Greek Grape and Wine Moschofilero (Video)

On CTV news this past Friday, Leanne and I chatted about the lovely, floral white wine from Greece, Moschofilero Moschofilero is pronounced mos-coh-FEE-ler-oh. It’s underappreciated with its easygoing elegance, food versatility and great value.     It’s planted mostly in the high, misty mountains of Mantinia Greece near Tripoli. This ancient grape is native to Greece, and often vines are planted more than 2,000 feet above sea level, where the weather changes quickly and there are large dirunal temperature changes from day to night. This is a late-ripening, fickle grape but one worth looking for.           […]

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Vine Oscars: Celebrity Wines to Sip During the Show

By Natalie MacLean On CTV’s The Social, we we chat about winemaking movie stars … can you guess who made which wine? When I think of the Oscars, I think wine. Why? For many film industry luminaries, conspicuous consumption such as owning a yacht or even a restaurant is so 2019. These days, if you really want to show some class, you own a winery. There’s no better photo opp than one with you and your trophy wife or boy toy pruning the vines or pressing the grapes.       That’s why movie actors, directors and producers are getting […]

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8 Sexy Wine + Food Pairings: Aphrodisiac Wines

Pairing wine with aphrodisiac foods sparks a passionate debate on CTV. (It’s never to early too think about it … wine, that is.) We match libido-lifting dishes with different wine types to stimulate all of your senses. Many ingredients have historically been considered aphrodisiacs, sometimes because the food physically resembled male private parts (avocados, which according to the Aztecs, grew on the testicle tree) to their female counterparts (oysters and figs). Other foods, such as chili peppers, provoked the fiery passion of love, with its increased heart beat and sweating. Yet other foods may have contained minerals that increase energy, […]

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Pairing Wine & Creative Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Video)

Carolyn, Jeff and I chat about pairing wine and grilled cheese sandwiches for Canada Day on the national edition of Global Television’s Morning Show. These aren’t your ordinary grilled cheese sammies: step it up on July 1 or 4, and create one of these for yourself and for your guests. Loblaw’s Executive Chef, Mark Russell, created these terrific grilled cheese sandwich recipes. The accompaniments are part of Loblaw’s From Our Chef line. Here are my favourite Canadian wines that I’ve tasted recently, plus wines from around the world in the spirit of international peace and diversity through food and drink!         Baldersen Extra […]

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10 Best Merlot Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Merlot

Merlot became a brand name wine in the 1980s because of its smooth, rich, easy-drinking flavors and texture. It has less acidity and astringency (that furry mouth feeling from tannins) than many other grapes and a medium-body that appeals to many palates.               Reif Estate Winery First Growth Merlot 2016 Niagara River, Ontario VQA, Canada         You’ll find my Top 10 Merlot reviews and ratings here. Merlot has since been somewhat vilified, like Chardonnay, for being boring: the soft jazz of the wine world. Remember Miles’ scorn for Merlot in the […]

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Icewine: Canada’s Gold in a Glass

Icewine: Canada’s golden winter elixir … that’s the hot topic of our segment above on CTV’s The Social. What is icewine and how is it different from other sweet wines? Why is Canada the world leader in producing it? Which are the best icewines to buy right now and which food pairs best with icewine? You’ll find all of the icewines we discussed in this segment, along with dry red and white wines, showing you the stock for each wine at your closest liquor stores so that you can try them this weekend. Where was icewine first made? Icewine is believed […]

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Canadian Icewine: Heroic Harvest = Epic Wine

On Global Television yesterday, we discussed the Canadian Icewine harvest. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the wines that we’ll be featuring, along with reports from the field.   Fun Facts: The Upside of the Deep Freeze   Our deep freeze recently turned out to be bonus for Ontario icewine winemakers. The sustained cold snap and arctic temperatures allowed them to harvest grapes in an unusually short time. Who makes the most Icewine? Ontario produces about 80% of Canadian icewine, with the remainder mostly in British Columbia though some is also made in both Quebec and Nova Scotia. About 60 […]

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