Year: 2011 Archives

Macho Wines

Okay guys, it’s time to come clean. I can’t believe what I’m hearing from some of you about wine selection. Apparently, you would rather undergo a prostate examination than order some wussy...

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Sale Wines at the LCBO

Ever notice cases of wine at reduced prices at your local LCBO and wondered why and whether you should chance buying them? Well here’s the scoop. Generally, product is reduced to create...

Ontario Wine Awards

Ontario wines are better than ever and only one competition focuses solely on recognizing them. The Ontario Wine Awards is the brainchild of renowned wine scribe Tony Aspler and will be celebrating...

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is Cabernet Sauvignon’s less famous cousin. Similar to Cab Sauv, with cassis, violets and raspberries, it possesses much more of an herbaceous edge. I call it the Sauvignon Blanc of...

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Champagne Sweetness Codes

Last week I addressed Champagne styles. This week…sweetness codes! The extremely driest of all Champers says Brut Nature on the label. Extra Brut is very dry. Up next is Brut, dry. Then...

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Champagne Styles

Valentines Day is just around the corner and no vino says “amore” like Champagne. Several styles exist. Non-Vintage has no year on the bottle and is a blend of many years. Vintage...

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Bottega del Vini

Ah Verona, Italy…the ancestral home of Romeo and Juliet. This gorgeous city in northwest Italy is home to arguably the greatest wine bar in the world, Bottega del Vini. This unassuming taverna...

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Wine and Herbs

Herbs add so much flavour to food. Here are some great wine/herb matches. For Chardonnay, use chervil, fennel, sage or tarragon! Riesling needs dill, hyssop or parsley while Sauvignon Blanc best meshes...

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Eau de Vie

Eau de vie is a French term for a clear, colorless fruit brandy, other than grape, that is produced by means of fermentation and distillation. The finished product is often quickly bottled...

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Amarone

One of my all time favourite, Italian wines is Amarone. Born in the Veneto region of Italy, this big, rich red is made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes that are dried...

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