Celebrating Canadian Wine on Canada’s 150th Birthday

Celebration of Canada’s 150 Birthday is also a celebration of Canada’s world class wines. With several wine producing regions from coast to coast, Canada produces wines in many styles. Best known for production of premium icewine, Canada also produces world-class sparkling, white, rose, red, dessert and fortified wines. Our vine-growing regions stretch from the Atlantic... 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

Sparkling Wines: Toast the New Year with a Splash of Bubbly!

December is a month to celebrate and Champagne has been an undeniable celebratory drink over the centuries. Stylish and chic, fizz has been associated with fun since middle 17th century when London society discovered the “uplifting” effect of this amazing wine from Champagne with its smooth, seductive bubbles exploding on the tongue in a frothy array of fruity, brioche like... 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

WINE PAIRING OF THE WEEK: Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling & Crispy Potato Pierogies

Lively, just off-dry Riesling, crafted with the grapes grown at the estate’s oldest vineyards’ on the Short Hills Bench in Ontario’s Niagara. Fresh and fruity with crisp acidity. Bursting with aromas and flavours of white peaches, green apples and lime zest with a touch of minerality and petrol on the long, clean finish. VINTAGES#: 557165, $17.95. Tasted January 2016/91... Read More