Bottoms Up: Chilean wines offer good value

There’s no arguing with the popularity of Chilean wines today. They’re always juicy, well-made and very indicative of their terroir. Furthermore, they represent great value for the dollar, are extremely enjoyable and infinitely food-friendly. Two of this country’s famous wineries that have been a mainstay in this market for years, and have helped catapult Chilean […]

Celebrity-owned wineries

What does a movie star, professional athlete, iconic musician or other celebrity do when they are looking for something to do with all the money they’ve accumulated? They invest in a winery, of course. It’s not to say that many of those who do aren’t interested in wine, but it’s also an interesting way of […]

Any time is bubbly time

What tickles your nose, dances on your palate and makes magic every time you sip it? That would be bubbly of course. Sparkling wine is made several different ways. The Champagne method involves a second fermentation in the same bottle. In the Charmat, tank or cuvée close method (all the same), the second fermentation takes […]

Wine pairings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to count one’s blessings and be happy for what life has provided. This holiday is usually celebrated with a big feast. Next to Christmas dinner, it’s the meal that folks tend to go all out on and a glass of wine or two is the perfect accompaniment. The noble turkey is […]

Bottoms Up: Pisco — national drink of Peru

If you’ve ever been to South America, I’m sure you’ve come across Pisco. This pure, brandy-like spirit made from grape product through the distillation process packs quite a punch. My first introduction to it in the southern hemisphere many, many years ago resulted in my doing the Lambada on a coffee table with a lampshade […]

Bottoms Up: Enjoying wines al fresco

Ah summer! Living shifts to outdoors and the patio, deck and pool beckon. The BBQ is all fired up. The steaks and salmon are grillin’, and almost all is right with the world. The only thing missing is a glass of vino. Not just any wine will do. You’ll want cool, snappy whites and robust, […]

Bottoms Up: 2011 Ontario Wine Awards

Once again this year, it was my great pleasure to judge the Ontario Wine Awards, as I’ve done for most of its existence. Celebrating 16 years of excellence in Ontario wines, it is the brainchild of well-known wine scribe Tony Aspler. Originally coined the Air Ontario Wine Awards because Air Ontario was the main sponsor, […]

Bottoms Up: Wine-related gifts for Dad

Dad’s big day is almost here and what better way to show the main wine-loving man in your life how much you care than with a vinous gift of some sort. Lots of options are available to you so don’t fret. Here are some suggestions. Favourite Bottle or Two of Wine: If you know what […]

Bottoms Up: Wine terms you should know

Here are some wine terms you may encounter on labels or in your wine tasting. Old Vines Occasionally a wine label will state that the wine within is made from old vines. Sometimes it’s right in the wine’s name like Old Vine Zinfandel. What up with that? After grape vines reach a certain age they […]