A Farewell to Semillon (2003-2013)

A Farewell to Semillon (2003-2013)

The 2013-14 winter was brutal in Ontario.  Many vineyards lost Syrah and Merlot and my heart goes out to the wineries who lost vines.  The light at the end of the tunnel is that events like that cold winter will continue to help define the Ontario wine industry as a whole.  We grow a lot of great wine here but maybe Syrah and Merlot should be left out of the mix and we should focus…

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Gin Caesars!

Gin Caesars!

There is more to holiday entertaining than serving great wine.  Sometimes you have to mix it up (see what I did there!).  In case you didn’t know you can make a fantastic Caesar using Gin.  I’m a big fan of the Gin they make at Dillon’s Distillery which is located right in the heart of wine country.  It drinks very easy in a gin and tonic but makes a great addition to your Caesar ($39.95 /…

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Icewine… You’re Drinking it Wrong.

Icewine…  You’re Drinking it Wrong.

Everything you need for the perfect Icewine Appetizer – Foie Gras, Mini Toasts and Onion Confit. It is the time of year when we go to the wine rack and blow the dust off the bottle of Icewine that we got last year and get ready to either re-wrap and re-gift it, or we prepare to open it with dessert during out Christmas spread only to be greeted with cringes and comments on the fact…

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It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

Over the holidays there is more to worry about than just figuring out what wines to serve at your own Christmas parties.  Inevitably you will be invited to your friends house or even the boss may be throwing their own Christmas party.  How do you figure out what exactly to bring?  Let’s face it bringing a bottle of Yellow Tail just isn’t going to cut it around the holiday season. The biggest faux pas I…

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Turkey Day!

What wines will you be serving at your table for Thanksgiving this weekend?  We are in the middle of the Taste Local campaign so there is no excuse to not be serving Ontario Wine with your Turkey this weekend. Chardonnay is a slam dunk with Turkey.  I personally prefer a Chardonnay that has been aged in Oak as you end up with something a little more complex and with a creamy texture that just plays…

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Eye on Cider 1 – Brickworks Cider House Batch:1904

I have never written about Cider but it is definitely something I enjoy when I’m not drinking wine. We are seeing a huge boom in craft everything when it comes to beverages in Ontario.  Craft Cider and Spirits are slowly working their way to the mainstream the same way craft beer has made it’s mark.  I had a chance to try some Brickworks Cider earlier this month and do some cooking with it.  The thing…

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Wine Review October 14, 2013 – Thanksgiving Leftovers

Just because the family has gone home and you’re stuck with a weeks worth of Thanksgiving leftovers doesn’t mean you should be lazy with your wine pairings.  Here are a few suggestions to pair with the leftovers that you will be eating throughout the week. Turkey Soup/Turkey Pot Pie  – Chardonnay both Oaked and Unoaked, Riesling  There are a million ways you can enjoy Turkey Soup.  I’m a fan of just plain old vegetables, noodles…

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Wine Review February 12, 2012 – Valentine’s Day Dine In or Out? 2009 Riverview Cellars Angelina’s Reserve Chardonnay – 2010 Norman Hardie County Cabernet Franc

If you still haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day do not fret I am here to help you.  It’s not too late to pick up some chocolate and great Pinot Noir from last week’s Wine Review (click here).  Now I have a couple of great wines and options for you this week.  I love to cook and put together a fantastic meal built around a great Chardonnay.  I have also found a restaurant that has…

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