WINE PAIRING OF THE WEEK: Château des Charmes Cabernet Icewine & Foie Gras

Beautifully luscious red Icewine from one of Niagara’s most prominent producers. A perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Bursting with aromas and flavors of ripe red berries with perfectly balanced sweetness and acidity. Luxurious mouthfeel and long-lingering honey-hued finish. A must-try Ontario Icewine. Perfect companion to fruit-based desserts or as a splurge,... 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

WINTER WARMING RED WINES

It’s that time of the year again. The air is crisp and the colourful leaves have fallen. The mercury is dropping, fogs are rolling into town and a welcoming sent of wood-burning fire is everywhere. Time to cocoon, curl on a couch in front of the fireplace and enjoy some fleshy, big, bold and beautiful winter warming reds with perfectly balanced fruit, tannins, and alcohol.... Read More

WINE PAIRING OF THE WEEK: Kew Vineyards Pinot Noir & JUICY ROASTED CHICKEN

Elegant and complex, fruit-forward Pinot Noir from Niagara’s Beamsville Bench. Bursting with aromas and flavours of ripe black cherries, raspberries and plums with subtle herbal notes. Silky, smooth, well integrated tannins. Plush and velvety mouthfeel. Long earthy-tinged finish. Enjoy with grilled salmon, roasted chicken or pungent ripe Brie. Score: 92/100. Tasted November 2017. VINTAGES#:... Read More

Pairing Wine & Late Summer Bounty

Late summer bounty at Ottawa’s ByWard market is on full display. Dazzling array of vibrant colours, aromas and textures, a true sensory overload. I can never resist the urge to buy a little bit of everything and then try to come up with some creative ways to use it all up before it passes its prime. Golden corn, juicy red tomatoes, shiny plump eggplants, sunny-yellow squash... Read More