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 and sunset-hued ripe Ontario peaches, it’s hard to choose. This time... Read More

WINE PAIRING OF THE WEEK: Vina San Pedro 1865 Vineyard Chardonnay & Grilled Salmon

Vina San Pedro 1865 Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Chile This beautifully crafted 100% Chardonnay hails from Elgui Valley in the north of Chile. With the Pacific Ocean only 25K away, the climate is moderate and perfectly suited for the varietal. Bursting with aromas and flavours of zesty citrus with papaya notes as a great surprise. Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Refreshing with crisp acidity due to partial malolactic fermentation and pronounced minerality.... Read More

Seduced by Burgundy, Part One

Today, we are pulling the cork on Burgundy. The allure of this fairy-tale world of meringue-hued chateaux with its brightly-colored tiled roofs and ruined medieval fortresses is well known. This is the region and these are the wines I fell most passionately in love with. Hotel Dieu, Beaune It’s gastronomic tradition and reputation is almost as long-established as that of its wines. Burgundian food is rich and made of high-quality ingredients, from... Read More