Beers for cold weather

Most beer drinkers are not affected by the weather. However, as the temperature plummets, a frosty, light, crisp thirst quencher doesn’t quite cut it. A little more substance is required, so beer lovers tend to cruise more to the heavier, bigger styles with fuller, maltier flavours. These generally contain higher alcohol than warm weather brews […]

What determines wine prices?

It’s a fact of life: some wines simply cost more than others. There are many reasons for this. Let’s start in the vineyard. Certain grapes are harder to grow and require more vineyard management like pruning, canopy control and bacteria/pest prevention. Older vines produce less – but better – fruit, and maintaining them is more […]

The cask is the key to whisky

Whether you’re a lover of Scotch, rye, bourbon or Irish whisky, I’m sure you know that these spirits are aged in oak barrels. These barrels soften whisky’s attack and add additional character and flavour. However, what was in the barrel before it was used for the spirit, the size of the barrel, type of oak […]

Ziraldo and life after Inniskillin

Inniskillin Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake has a great reputation and was the first winery started here in Ontario after Prohibition. Its success is mainly due to one of the co-founders, Donald Ziraldo, who is a pioneer not only in the Ontario wine industry, but in Canadian ice wine as well. In 2006, the winery was sold […]

Great drinks to pair with autumn

Fall is here and the weather is starting to cool down. With the season comes a cornucopia of Mother Nature’s bounty. Freshly grown fruit and vegetables are everywhere. There are many great fall drinks, like cocktails and smoothies, that incorporate these harvest delights. Here are a few of my favourites. For many folks, nothing epitomizes […]

It’s worth a trip to Virginia wine country

On a recent trip to central Virginia wine country, I was really impressed with the region. It’s hard to believe that there are around 275 wineries in the state. Time spent there in search of vinous delights, culinary wonders, hospitality, and American history will not be disappointing. The central part of the state is a […]

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It’s a well-known fact that we, as humans, live with our eyes. If we don’t like the way something looks, chances are we won’t involve ourselves with it. This applies to clothes, furniture, art, food and even drink. Many folks buy alcoholic beverages based on what the label looks like, regardless of what’s inside. Aside […]

Recognizing wine defects

When it comes to wine, unfortunately there are bottles out there that are defective and should not be consumed. Sometimes the problem originates in the winery, in its production or cellar management. Other times problems come from sources beyond the winemaker’s control, or from mishandling after the wine leaves the producer. Regardless, a defective wine […]

Flavoured beer a summer treat

Beer season is officially here. Nothing goes down better than a frosty cool one when the weather heats up. Although many die-hard beer fans balk at the concept of flavoured brews, there are just as many who adore them. Fascinating additions to the brewing process add interesting aromatics and flavours to the finished products making […]

Favourite drinks of the rich and famous

Ever wonder what the favourite imbibe is of some of the most famous people on the planet? Here are a number of well-known folks and their have-to-have tipples. Politicians and world leaders have a lot on their plates, so they’re entitled to an alcoholic drink now and then. When she’s not doting over her great-grandchildren […]