The 12 Days of Christmas: Three French hens…

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …three French hens… This one was an easy one, I bought a Peller Estates, French Cross Blush (LCBO, $7.95) and we paired it with a Christmas Eve stir-fry (no, it’s not traditional but it’s what greeted us after a five hour winter’s drive and I was grateful). Peller Estates, French Cross Blush When foodiePrints introduced me, they mentioned that my favourite colour is pink. This may explain two pink wines in a row. It might also be coincidental as I did need to... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: two turtle doves…

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… …two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. OK, I had to cheat a little more for this one. Not only did I search in more than one language, I kinda stretched even that: Chateau de Fonscolombe. (Hey, the word “colombe” appears in the name and “colombe” means “dove”, therefore it is admissible as a 2nd Day of Christmas wine. Admit it, my logic leaves you speechless). “Château de Fonscolombe Cuvée Spéciale Rosé, 2009” (LCBO $13.95) is a Rosé from the... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas: a partridge…

On the first day of Chirstmas, my true love sent to me… …a partridge in a pear tree. Finding this wine was a tricky one. I tried wines with the word “partridge” or “pear” or “tree”…I looked at the LCBO and the SAQ. I looked on-line and asked my colleagues and fellow wine lovers. I debated a pear cider (deciding to keep true to the grape and passing on that idea) before remembering that I speak more than one language! I could therefore search in French or Italian…success with the word “Perdrix”. Marsannay, Les Champs... | Continue reading article

The 12 Days of Christmas

Sometime before Thanksgiving, I began thinking about Christmas (I’m a planner…occupational hazard..sorry) and I thought it might be fun to “do” the 12 days of Christmas in wine. Not another “12 best wines” or yet one more “12 wines to serve with turkey” or “12 wines to give as gifts” but 12 wines to go along with the well-known song: “The 12 Days of Christmas”. My idea was to match 12 wines to the song, drink them and write a blog a day for 12 days….easy, right? Not really…. The first challenge was finding out... | Continue reading article

What’s a Gal to Do?

Beer and chips. Beer and nachos. Chicken wings and beer. Beer and pizza. Chili cheese hot dog and beer Grilled cheese sandwich and a beer Beer, beer, beer… But, if you don’t drink beer, what on earth can you pair with fat and salt? I say bubbly! Poema Cava Brut My house sparking wine is a Spanish Cava that I get from Lifford Wines. As you know, Champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France but Spain has been making sparking wines in the “méthode champagnoise” for over 150 years…they have had time... | Continue reading article

I Confess

I confess. I am a hoarder. Not in the “dysfunctional, keeps 14 years of daily newspapers and ten thousand empty yogurt containers” sense. More in the “deferred gratification” sense. I can keep my Birthday presents, unwrapped, for days. I can hang on to a box of perfect truffles for weeks. It’s not about the having; it’s about the satisfaction of knowing that I could have if I wanted to. It drives people nuts! Especially office colleagues, who come by to see the same chocolate bar on my desk, day after day…until someone invariably declares it... | Continue reading article

Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 – updated

The crowd waiting outside the LCBO on Rideau Street shuffled a bit as lights went on inside….muffled laughter and low key snippets of conversation could be heard as people tried to contain their excitement…a few coughs on a nippy Ottawa morning…the weak November sun barely warming the hundreds of wine lovers eagerly awaiting the release of the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau. The large banners announcing the wine’s arrival hung limply in the breezeless morning air while television cameras and radio announcers darted about, gathering quotes from the excited Ottawans: “Is this your first time?” “What do... | Continue reading article

Winery Hat Trick

The final winery of my Thanksgiving week-end was l’Orpailleur. If The Gagliano Winery were the young upstart and Les Côtes d’Ardoises were the romantic poet, l’Orpailleur would have to be the businessman. Vignoble de L’Orpailleur Cork Screws Across Time With a restaurant, small wine museum and large selling space, this winery also offers tours. The day I was there, several bus-loads of elderly Montrealers were dropped off for a guided visit of the fields and production facilities. Although organized for large-scale sales and visits, the uniformed staff were very attentive and polite. Grapes Ready to... | Continue reading article