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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Tawny Port for the Holidays

I love Tawny port for the holidays. Named Tawny, because long periods in barrel render it a tawny hue, several styles exist. A Tawny of Indicated Age comes in 10, 20, 30...

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Bringing Wine to Dinner

With the holidays, come dinner invitations and one usually likes to bring along a bottle of wine. However, more often than not, the wine you bring doesn’t get opened as the host...

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Unusual Icewine

There was a time here in Canada when Icewine was only produced from Riesling, Vidal and occasionally Gewurztraminer. Today, however, Icewine is made from many grape varieties. Whites include Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay,...

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Niagara 2010 Vintage Report

Wondering what the 2010 Niagara wines will be like this coming year? Just look at the summer we had and it tells the story. Spring was mild and summer was sunny and...

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Commandaria

Commandaria from Cyprus is the world’s oldest named wine still in production. This luscious nectar dating back to the ancient Greeks is made from ripe, sun-dried Xynisteri and Mavro grapes that have...

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Torrontes

Torrontes is a fascinating, white grape native to Argentina. It produces aromatic wines full of spice, tropical fruit and flowers and is a great warm weather sipper and aperitif. Ideal for exotic...

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