Sparkling Wines: Ring in 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 goodness. Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France and... 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#: 520080, # 23.95. Share this:Click to share on Facebook... 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 and sunset-hued ripe Ontario peaches, it’s hard to choose. This time... Read More

Crisp Whites for Summer Sipping

The summer is finally here and the soaring temperatures call for chilled, crisp & thirst quenching whites, made for hot, lazy days of summer. The world is full of such light and fruity cool climate whites, with brilliant natural acidity and steely nature. Their ability to match vast array of dishes makes them an exceptionally versatile food partner and a perfect summer patio sipper.  Beat the heat and head to the isles of France for some famous... Read More

A Sweet Sip of the Okanagan

The Okanagan Valley is the heart of British Columbian winemaking.  Its breath-taking scenery is located four hours east from the coast, tucked away between many mountain peaks that make most of BC.  From the top you can see perfect blue skies,  shimmering waters of the Lake Okanagan and hillside vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. This is a truly magical place you would want to come back to and explore over and over again. The valley... Read More

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