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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…)

Taste of Savour Stratford

Taste of Savour Stratford is a sneak peek of Savour Stratford, an event held in Stratford, Ontario that showcases wine, spirits, and culinary talent in the Stratford area. The main event on the weekend of July 19–20 features the top culinary talent from the region. Some of the chefs have appeared on Top Chef Canada. Artisans teach about their craft and give a bit of a taste of what they have to offer.

The Beer Hall at the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto’s Distillery District was hosting the event, and their in-house chef was preparing the tasty appetizers made from locally sourced ingredients.

Rosewood Estates winery, from Beamsville, is a family-owned winery specializing in mead. They offer two types of mead—a dry mead, as well as a sweeter, French oak barrel-aged mead.

Dillon’s, from Beamsville, was offering their small-batch, artisan-crafted spirits, including white rye, vodka, and gin. They also offer a vast assortment of bitters like ginger, orange, and rhubarb. They were serving up gin and tonics, as well as a strawberry lemonade with your choice of white rye or vodka, both with a couple of splashes of bitters.

Reif Winery is the official sponsor of Savour Stratford, and was showcasing two private label wines—a nice, sweet Riesling for the white, and a lightly-oaked Cabernet Merlot for the red.

Perth County Pork was the meaty highlight of the evening, offering a spicy pulled pork slider with crispy fried onions on a mini onion bun. A delicious, “I can’t believe it’s not (all) pork” item was the pheasant in a blanket appetizer—a savoury Applewood smoked sausage, wrapped in bacon, and rolled up in a flaky pastry.

The vegetarian offering was a wild mushroom tart with portobello and shiitake mushrooms and a sheep’s milk cheddar.

Smoked trout with lemon dill cream cheese was available as well, and served up on a thin crostini with a small lemon twist.

All food items were delicious and were the perfect complement to all of the local brews.

You can learn more about Savour Stratford on their website<\a> or on Twitter by following them @savourstratford or #savourstratford

Tina is a web developer and foodie in Toronto, Canada, and can be reached at

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