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The 12 Days of Christmas: …eleven Pipers Piping

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …eleven Pipers Piping. This one was easy: Piper Heidseck Brut Champage ($49.95 LCBO). Although it may be sacrilegious, I decided to make Champagne Cocktails with which to greet our New Year’s Eve guests. This is a fun little drink: fun to make, fun to watch and fun to drink. What You’ll Need: Champagne (or sparkling wine) – a Brut is best as you want a dry wine Brandy – I used Napoleon Brandy left over from the lighting of the Christmas pudding Angostura... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: …ten Lords-a-Leaping

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …ten Lords-a-Leaping. I bought the bottle of “Leaping Lizard Zinfandel”, 2008 from Adler Fels Winery (LCBO $18.95) in part because it made me laugh. The Americans are now on the “silly-names for wines” bandwagon started years ago by the Australians and this one reminded me of the little geckos that used to hang out on the walls of our dining room in Uganda. Leaping Lizard Zinfandel I paired this wine with a spicy chicken pizza and it worked well. Unlike the previous California... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: …nine ladies dancing

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…. …9 Ladies Dancing. Finally, a red! This “Dancing Bull Zinfandel” from E&J Gallo (LCBO, $11.95) was exactly what one would expect from a California red: big, bold, heavy on the tannins, ripe, red fruit in the mouth with a hint of black pepper. It dries out the palate and knocks you over the head. Dancing Bull Zinfandel Having spent a week-end in 106 degree heat in the Napa Valley on a winery tour, I approach all California reds with caution (confession, all I... | Continue reading article

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The 12 Days of Christmas: …eight maids-a-milking

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …8 Maids-a-Milking. I once again stretched things with this one, not being able to find anything that really fit the gift (again, what’s with the gift? Do the maids come with cows or is that a whole other holiday?). I chose a bottle of Veuve Cliquot (you knew I was going to work that one in, not matter how much I had to stretch) as I don’t think anyone would dispute that the widow was a woman (who probably had maids as well).... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: …seven swans a-swimming

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…. …Seven swans a-swimming. Finding this wine was easy, once I remembered that New Zealand has some Swan Bay wines. And thank goodness both the LCBO and the SAQ have online catalogs that also indicate quantity on hand. For some reason, the wine I chose was always just out of stock every time I thought about heading out. (It was beginning to feel like the Monty Python Cheese Shop skit “Oh, terribly sorry, we’ve just run out”). In the end, I braved the congested... | Continue reading article

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The 12 Days of Christmas: six geese a-laying…

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …six geese a-laying. (Has anyone ever stopped to think about these gifts? Do you really want “six geese a-laying”? What one earth does a person do with “lords a-leaping”? And I know the cats would make short shrift of the partridge! What is a French hen vs any other hen? Believe me, if someone wanted to be my true love, they’d be better off sending me twelve pairs of shoes, eleven carats of diamonds, ten “meals a-catered”, nine theatre tickets, eight wine cellars,... | Continue reading article

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The 12 Days of Christmas: five golden rings…

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …five golden rings. For this one, I chose a Canadian wine: 5 Mile 2009 from Coyote’s Run Estate Winery (LCBO $14.25). 5 Mile 2009 This Ontario white is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewurtztraminer. I served it with a penne amatriciana (olive oil, pecorino cheese and pancetta) and it was a great match. The flowery Riesling was nicely counterbalanced by the Pinot Blanc. The latter is a mutation the Pinot Noir grape, more common in Northern Europe, and is characterised by... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: four calling birds…

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…. …four calling birds… For this day, I chose a German “bird” Riesling. No really, the wine is known as “The Bird Label Riesling”…it says so on the cap! Lingenfelder Estate 2009 Bird Label Riesling I enjoyed a glass of it by myself in the Studio (No really, it’s a room at the cottage known as the “Studio”! Covered in paint, flooded by light, it’s been the scene of many an artistic creation (no, not by me. I am talentless in that regard). Surrounded... | Continue reading article