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Wine blends continue to trend

I have no crystal ball, but here’s what I see trending in wine down the road as we enter 2017. Look for more joint ventures between “Old World” and “New World” producers. The aggressive use of oak will subside, but there’s a tendency for producers to look at different formats of oak for aging wine, […]

Grown-in-Ontario garlic can range in flavours from subtle to 'call the fire department!'
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Mapping out the world of red wine

When it comes to red wine there are certain grape varieties that are synonymous with particular countries. I’m talking about a variety that a country excels in and is known for. Sure, there are many other varieties that a country produces, but this variety is what puts them on the wine map of the world. […]

A flagon of mead for the master?

While reading or studying ancient history of Asia or Europe, one would most likely come across the beverage “mead”. It also appears in lots of folk literature as the tipple of choice for many cultures. This famous drink has been around a long time. In fact, evidence of its existence has been traced back to […]

Greek cuisine shines on Danforth

It’s been an absolutely fabulous summer with lots of sunshine and heat. There have been endless things to do in this fair city of ours to enjoy the season. One of the highlights has to be the largest street festival in Canada that takes place early in August every year. I’m talking, of course, about […]

The latest in world wine news

Wine theme park Disney World has nothing on this place. It’s an adult theme park in Bordeaux, France, that’s dedicated to the nectar of the grape. This brand new wine amusement park, called “La Cité du Vin” (“the city of wine”) sits on the bank of the Garonne River in the heart of this famous […]

Exploring summer sipping trends

With the warm weather here, certain alcoholic drinks and styles are more popular. Common sense would dictate that, whatever the category, lighter and fresher are the keys to enjoyment. I’ve also noticed over the years that folks like to experiment with new flavours a bit more in the warm weather, often trying things they haven’t […]