Wine Wednesday: Don’t get wasted

Every week, I sit down and write about wine. And every week, I pause briefly and think about what message I am sending. In general, I think I try to impart a little knowledge, some history and try to demystify the wine making process. I try to honour those who make it and connect with those who drink it. If I can entertain my readers along the way, maybe elicit a chuckle, even better. But I have a twelve year old daughter. What do I want her to think about when she sees me sitting... | Continue reading article

More Kosher wines

Well, it’s that time of year again: Passover and Easter. Or, as we call it in our house, Peaster! As I wrote in last year’s post on Kosher wine, there are varying degrees of “Kosher-ness” when it comes to wines for Passover. In fact, I am learning that there are varying degrees of “Kosher-ness” when it comes to most things in Judaism: it’s remarkable the number of people who keep Kosher at home but love a good slice of bacon in a diner on a Saturday morning! Next week, we are heading to Montreal to... | Continue reading article

An inexpensive (not cheap) date with two red wines

Two well priced red wines from Portugal Portugal, not just for Port

I can’t recall if I’ve told you this before but I like Portuguese wines, and not just because they can be had a good price. It’s easy to love the $100 bottle of wine. It’s so much more fulfilling when you can find a $10 bottle to love. Early in the New Year, I was sent two bottles of red wines from Portugal to try. As I am also working on a longer post on the Wines Portugal, the timing seemed good. Alas, what with one thing and another (the one thing being a wedding... | Continue reading article

Wines of Canada – #OnDrinksBC (White Edition)

Following on my previous post on BC reds, here are some thoughts on three white wines that we also tasted as part of  #OnDrinksBC. We were given two Chardonnays and one Gewurtztraminer. The Chardonnays were universally enjoyed but I adored the Gewurtztraminer, much to my surprise. Quail’s Gate Chardonnay 2011 ($20.95 LCBO) – I have always loved the name of this winery. I don’t know why; I think it must speak to my love of whimsy (or quail, always nice to sit down to a dinner of quail). This wine is a good classic Chardonnay... | Continue reading article

Wines of Canada – #OnDrinksBC (Red Edition)

Canada has four wine producing regions: Ontario, known for the wines of Niagara and, more recently, Prince Edward County; Nova Scotia, making waves in sparkling wines; Quebec, carving out a niche in the growing of cold-weather grapes; and British Columbia, the famous Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Alas, liquor laws being what they are in Ontario, we don’t have access to much of our own country’s products. There are efforts to change this but there are still Canadian wines that I have seen in the United States that I have never found here. I was recently... | Continue reading article

Dessert Suggestion for Valentines: Homemade Nutella Mousse Waffles and Something Cassis

Almond Nutella Mousse Almond Nutella Mousse

With aisles in department stores decked out in paper hearts, factory-made chocolate, and plastic lace for well over a month, it has been difficult to ignore the noisy approach of Valentine’s Day. There seems to be two schools of thought on the tinfoil-wrapped candy holiday. There are the detractors who loudly decry its seeming commercialization of love. They gripe about the compulsion to make token purchases; reservations for table d’hote meals at fine dining restaurants, boxes of mass-produced truffles with artificial fruit centers, and gift-wrapped bouquets of flowers. There are the supporters who look upon... | Continue reading article

Love is in the Air [and a Contest, Too!]

Sandbanks Winery Cassis Aperitif "Love" Sandbanks Winery Cassis Aperitif "Love"

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. If you’re like me and have used all your gift ideas on Christmas and Hannukah, Sandbanks Winery is coming to the rescue with a new wine and a contest. I told you about Love in my “Love and French Kisses in the afternoon” piece last summer. Available at the winery for the past six months, it will be available at the LCBO starting February 2nd ($14.95 375mL). This, dear readers, is good news as you really should try this wine. Although the LCBO‘s tasting notes describe it as “cotton candy”, I... | Continue reading article

Wine Wednesday – mulled wine for a winter’s night

While Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve may be over, winter continues here in Canada’s capital and with it, cold days and dark nights. For some, the holidays continue with Orthodox Christmas and the Epiphany still to come. Many of the seasonings that we associate with these holidays, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, were actually used to disguise the taste of gamy meat and food that was less than fresh. In the days before refrigeration, drying, pickling or curing were the traditional ways to extend the life of foods. If you were lucky enough to have fresh... | Continue reading article