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“Light” beverages scream summer

July 29, 2014

With summer in full swing, looking good in our swimsuits is of the utmost importance. For many of us this means exercising more and watching calories. When it comes to calories, your favourite alcoholic imbibe can be problematic. Regardless of whether you prefer wine, beer, or spirits, the fact of the matter is they all […]

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Marsala not just for cooking veal

One of my favourite Italian dishes is Veal Marsala, made with the amazing fortified wine of Sicily. Unfortunately, Marsala does not get a lot of publicity here in North America other than as a cooking wine. As a result, there isn’t much available, perhaps because it’s overshadowed by more well-known fortified wines like Port and […]

Temperature the key to enjoying beer

In the last several months I’ve written about beer, the proper glasses to use and matching it to food. In the interim, several readers have contacted me inquiring about proper serving temperatures. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather or simply interest in this amazing beverage that has sparked this, but it’s definitely worth addressing. Contrary to […]

Wine, memory, concentration and logic

When it comes to wine appreciation, certain mental aspects make a great impact on someone’s ability to better taste wine: memory, concentration and logic. Generally, memory tends to get worse with age, which definitely effects wine appreciation. Many folks say they can taste a wine, but half an hour later, not remember what it was […]

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