Taste Community Grown – Prince Edward County – September 24, 2016

Taste Community Grown – Prince Edward County – September 24, 2016

Visiting Prince Edward County is one of my favorite things to do regardless of season. My biggest challenge on any visit to the County is finding a way to cram as much into the day as possible. Without careful planning you can easily spend the day in a car having only made a few stops at wineries … and that doesn’t even factor in finding a place to eat. This past weekend I stopped by…

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Cuvée 2016

Cuvée 2016

The Cuvée Grand Tasting 2016 took place March 5th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Every year I set out with the goal of tasting every wine at the event and every year I fall short. This year there were 48 wines in attendance. This year was also interesting because we are starting to see the warm vintage red wines from 2012 fade into the rear view mirror and we are really starting to see what…

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Icewine Gala and Festival 2016

Icewine Gala and Festival 2016

For anyone who has been reading my writing over the past few years they know that one of my mantras is that “Visiting wine country in the off season is the best time of year to do it”. This time of year the staff at the wineries have all taken a huge sigh of relief from the harvest that has just passed. The recent Icewine harvest took place a little later than usual thanks to…

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Taste the Season 2015

Taste the Season 2015

I love “Taste the Season”. It’s a passport event hosted by the wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and it takes place weekends in November. I’m going to let everyone in on a secret. If you’re ready to take your wine geekdom to the next level the best time of the year to visit your favorite winery is in the fall or winter. You are presented with two opportunities in November that you may not get a chance…

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Harvest Ontario – iYellow Wine Club

Harvest Ontario – iYellow Wine Club

Someone found a new favorite wine on November 5th. At the Great Hall in Toronto sixteen wineries arrived to share a piece of the harvest with the city. I had never been to the great hall but the venue was great for a walk around tasting. The iYellow crew really pulled off a fantastic event. The best thing about having wineries come to the city is for many of us we fall into a rut…

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Bonterra Dinner

Bonterra Dinner

Tasting my way through California definitely opened my eyes to a world of wine that isn’t making its way to the LCBO. Beautiful Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Zinfandel all very reasonably priced. As I said in a tweet halfway through the dinner there is always room in my glass for Californian chardonnay. The dinner was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks with the idea of sustainability being the recurring theme of the meal. Bonterra is…

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iYellow Harvest Event

iYellow Harvest Event

Thursday this week twenty wineries from Niagara head to Toronto to pour some wines and to help bring a piece of the harvest to the city. Believe it or not even at the beginning of November many wineries still have grapes hanging on the vines. We have been lucky to have a fairly long end of summer and great beginning to fall. What you’re going to find in the vineyards will be your Bordeaux varietals…

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Chardonnay and Hummus

Chardonnay and Hummus

My biggest pet peeve with regards to wine is that often most people overthink what goes with what. Whether you stick to the simplest of rules red with red meat and white with white meat or freestyle your pairings once you have had the chance to taste a perfect wine and food pairing you finally start to get it. A perfectly paired dish with elevate both the wine and the food to another level. Chef…

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#I4C15 – Cool Climate Chardonnay Debrief

#I4C15 – Cool Climate Chardonnay Debrief

There are two big events that I mark on the Calendar for every year in wine country. Cuvée takes place in the winter, you can see my thoughts from 2015 by clicking the link. The Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration takes place in the summer. This event is important because it allows Canadian producers to showcase their wines on the world stage. The event on my calendar is the World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner. It’s…

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Portugese Wines: A Learning Experience

Portugese Wines: A Learning Experience

Last month I attended a wines of Portugal tasting. Prior to a walk-around tasting there was a crash course seminar hosted by Master Sommelier John Szabo. I don’t know much about Portugese wines. For most people their knowledge of Portugese wines start and end with Port. There is obviously much more going on in Portugal than fortified wine. The seminar gave us a taste of ten wines — 4 White, 5 Red and 1 Port….

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