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 […]

Bottoms Up: News from around the wine world

By now you’ve probably heard all the talk about interprovincial wine shopping in Canada. Or should I say ‘non-interprovincial’ wine shopping! An obscure 1928 Prohibition-era law presently makes it illegal for consumers to transport even a single bottle of alcohol across provincial boundaries. How archaic you say? Darn right! The original idea of this law […]

Bottoms Up: Remy Pannier celebrates 200 years

Happy Birthday dear Remy Pannier! Happy Birthday to you! After a certain age, birthday celebrations lose their appeal for many. However, when you’re celebrating a 200th, it’s a huge cause for elation. Such is the case with Remy Pannier who this year celebrates 200 years of winemaking in France’s Loire Valley. The Loire is France’s […]

Bottoms Up: Malbec & Torrontes are hot, hot, hot!

What’s hotter than Charlie Sheen’s wild escapades since the departure from his hit TV show? That would be Malbec and Torrontes. Both are flagship, varietal wines from Argentina, one of the top five producers of wine by volume in the world. Malbec is one of the traditional red grapes used in France, but rarely is […]

Bottoms Up: Montgras keeps it friendly

The popularity of Chilean wine is no secret among consumers. They catapulted onto the scene quite a number of years back with their decently made, fruit-driven, varietally labelled, vintage-dated, extremely well-priced offerings. Of course, the pricing has increased over the years, but the quality remains solid. One producer who creates wine that is really consumer-friendly […]