Venetian Carnival: Feast for the eyes and the palate

The Carnival of Venice or as Italian’s know it “Carnevale di Venezia” is an annual celebration. A colorful and joyful party, world-famous for its festive and colorful masks, masquerade balls and elaborate feasts featuring traditional food and wines of Veneto region. The Carnival dates back to 1162 with a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica”... Read More

ICEWINE: Sipping Canadian Liquid Gold

There are a few quintessentially Canadian things and the luscious luxury of Icewine is certainly one of them. It was discovered by a lucky accident in 1700s Germany when a cold front swept through the vineyards and froze the grapes before they were picked. The winemakers picked and pressed anyway and were rewarded by the most luscious sweet wine.  Canada’s affair with the frozen... Read More

Wine Pairing of the Week; Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé & Summer Berries with Vanilla Mascarpone

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 This lively and refreshing rosé was vinified with 100% pinot noir grapes, hand-picked in the world’s most southern wine growing region, Chilean Bio Bio Valley. It’s extra dry with intense nose of sour cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Well balanced acidity and crisp finish. It makes a great value summer sipper, lovely as an aperitif... Read More

When in Bruges …

During my five years in London, I often spent weekends in Paris and Amsterdam but never made it to Bruges. On my last visit to Paris last month, I made sure to make time to visit this wonderfully preserved medieval city, postcard perfect stop on any tour of Europe. Situated in Western Flanders part of Belgium, Bruges is a living museum, rich in art and ancient architecture.  When Dukes... Read More

One sweet day in Paris

As every food savvy traveler to Paris knows; the City of Light is a home to the best patisseries and chocolatiers in the world and able to satisfy sweet tooth of all who wish to savor it bite by delicious bite. La Maison du Chocolat The tip of the pastry iceberg is made up of big names such as Laduree and Pierre Herme, who was the first to present his pastry creations like a fashion... Read More