Category: Wine

Will you accept this…. red and white wine?

I will let you know something about me. I have been a huge fan of the Bachelor franchise since Jake Pavelka’s season in 2010. Such a huge fan that I’ve never missed any episode of The Bachelor or Bachelorette both US and Canadian versions since Jake’s seasons including all the spin-off shows. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the new Bachelor Wines I didn’t hesitate, as I’m fan of the show and love trying out new wines.

The new Canadian-based Bachelor Wines feature two varietals: The Final Rose – a bold Cabernet Sauvignon and One on One – a spirited Pinot Grigio. (more…)

Exploring Twenty Valley Wineries with the Discovery Pass

1-IMG_1165The entire month of January has been a month of celebrating icewine in the Niagara region. There’s been a slew of dinners, balls and festivals all over town. My favourite part of the Niagara Icewine Festival is the Discovery Pass.

Valid from January 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 for only $40 per person, the Discovery Pass lets you visit and taste pairing from 8 participating wineries of your choice. Each winery offers a unique culinary dish paired with, of course, a glass of wine.

We decided to explore the wines of Twenty Valley (Jordan, Ont & Vineland, Ont) as we usually just head straight for Niagara on the Lake. This was a nice chance to visit some new wineries!

When we first picked up our Discovery Pass, we looked at the amount of wineries and decided to split the list into two days. ….five hours later, we realized that we did 8 wineries in one day.

1-IMG_1144Our first stop was Kacaba Vineyards Winery. We watched Iron Chef Niagara, Darren Stoute. Savour prepare grilled panini with creamy brie, arugula, ripe red apple and pear topped with a drizzle of honey and Icewine. (more…)

Twenty Valley Winter Winefest

WinefestTwenty Valley Winter WineFest is here! From January 9th – 11th, 2015  enjoy red, white, sparkling and ice wine from  24 wineries in the area on the streets of Jordan Village. Tokens for food, beer, cocktails and wine are $3.25.

The festival features Michael Smith with daily cooking demos and Canadian recording artists The Mohrs, Yukon Blonde and The Glorious Sons have free concerts in the evening. (more…)

Drinking Absinthe in Montreal

Tucked away in the Intercontinental Hotel in Montreal is the absinthe bar, Sarah B. In the plush private room (one of two that can be rented for special events) I’m about to have my first experience with the green fairy. Absinthe. Moulin Rouge and Amsterdam, but in Canada.

Once upon a time, absinthe used to be a banned substance, and there’s still a bit of mystery and illicitness that surrounds this drink.

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Taste Local with LCBO this fall

1-August 20142It’s officially fall. Pumpkin Spice Lattes have come out of the woodwork, and there’s a definite chill in the air. With fall comes good things, like the harvest, wine and pie!

LCBO’s Taste Local program is now in full swing. This is an annual celebration of Ontario’s wines, available in stores from September 14 to October 11. LCBO kicked off the season in style with a Pie & Local Wine event.

The event featured wines from 4 of Ontario’s popular wine growing regions. I’m going to tell you my favourite wine of the night and the featured pie from that region. (more…)

Burning Kiln Winery

IMG_9776Burning Kiln Winery is a beautiful winery in Norfolk County, on the same property as Longpoint Eco Adventure.

The Burning Kiln Winery barn has been re-purposed as a vineyard but used to be a tobacco pack barn. All of the surrounding land used to be tobacco land back in the day. Cool, huh? (more…)

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