Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

Nals Margreid/Pukka – Indian and Italian dinner

When I head out for Indian food often I find myself switching to beer, or cocktails.  Indian food is difficult when it comes to pairing with wine.  I was intrigued when I got the invite for the dinner at Pukka featuring Nals Margreid a winery in Northern Italy.  I was fortunate enough to sit with wine director Peter Boyd (who also manages the wine list at Scaramouche) and he told me that aromatics and acidity…

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German Wine School

German Wine School

I don’t drink enough German wine. I think that most people don’t drink enough German wine. I will be the first to admit that I find german wine intimidating.  At least with French wine you have seen or heard of Champagne, Bordeaux or Cotes du Rhone.  German labels are adorned with words like Grauburgunder and Gewurztraminer.  Gewurztraminer is grown in Ontario and I have been to more than one winery that has referred to it…

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Ontario Wine Awards 2015

Ontario Wine Awards 2015

Friday May 8th the winners of the Ontario Wine Awards were announced at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pillitteri took home Red Wine of the year with their 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc. Peller Estates took White Wine of the Year with their 2013 AP Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc. The big winner of the night was Thirty Bench winning 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and Emma Garner winning winemaker of the year. For full reports of the…

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Sip and Sizzle!

Sip and Sizzle!

As you know I love passport events in Wine country.  Weekends for the month of May the Wineries of Niagara on the Lake are holding “Sip and Sizzle” great wine pairings with grilled foods. all the details to the event can be found here: http://wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/sip-and-sizzle I have a pair of tickets to give away!  I will do a draw on May 13th.  So you can head down for the long weekend and enjoy the wine and…

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Review – Get Fresh!

Review – Get Fresh!

I always get a little melancholic when I head down to wine country for Get Fresh! in the springtime.  Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of visiting the wineries in the off-season.  This is one of the last weekends that you have to grab winemakers before the vines come to life and everyone spends the busy summer watching the vines.  The winter season also means there are fewer other tourists…

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#blendedcru – Rosé in April

#blendedcru – Rosé in April

This is the second post from a monthly tasting group that we hold at the iYellow wine cave.  Angela Aiello, Mandy Shnurr, Jason Solanki, and Krista Lamb meet up once a month to taste something of interest to them and discuss.  We have decided to call our tasting group #blendedcru because frankly we are a bunch of nerds… deal with it.  Expect to see a lot of Rosé on this website throughout the summer months….

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A Day in Beaujolais

A Day in Beaujolais

I traveled to France in November to check out the Beaujolais Nouveau release.  After spending a few days hunting for Cabernet Franc in St Émillion I knew that I had to go to Beaujolais.  Beaujolais, like Ontario, is currently take the long way up recovering from a bruised reputation stemming from a market that was flooded with bad nouveau.  It is also no secret that I am a Gamay hunter (search my twitter feed @andrewinereview…

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Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

The question you answer for the next few days after Cuvée is “What was your favorite wine?”… Truthfully I can’t answer.  Cuvée is hosted at the Fallsview Casino.  It is one of the events that I look forward to every year.  You take as many wineries as you can fit into the event space and they each bring their favorite wine to pour.  The best part about this is that it is completely subjective and…

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From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

From Italy to Ontario – Wine Tasting January 28

On January 28th I was given the opportunity to attend a tasting in Downtown Toronto putting Italian and Ontario wines side by side.  We had the opportunity to taste through 37 wines.  It is amazing to see how well the Ontario wines hold up to the Italian wines.  I still believe that for many casual wine drinkers there is a sort of inferiority complex when it comes to drinking local.  To get over this complex…

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24 Hours in Lyon

24 Hours in Lyon

During my trip to France in November I had the chance to make a stopover in Lyon.  It’s hard not to fall in love at first sight with the food mecca of France.  The hard part once we were in the city was realizing we only had 24 hours to see the city.  The only mistake I made in planning my wine excursion to France was the fact that I didn’t spend more time in…

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