It seems as though fancy gadget aerators for wine have become a trendy gift to give to people with a mutual benefit- makes you look like a bit of a wine connoisseur, and, your friend gets to try out a fancy gadget-fun! But is it necessary? Is it money well spent on enhancing your favourite wine, or, is it money wasted that could otherwise be used to buy one of those expensive bottles you have been eyeing? Why Does Wine Need Oxygen.... Just like us, to breathe, well sort of...
When you think about refreshing, dry white wine, there are usually to camps of thought, Chardonnay all the way, or Sauvignon Blanc is where it’s at. And while I can certainly understand why people sway one way or the other, I myself say yes to both! And, why not really? They are distinctly different, and have a unique profile that pairs so well different foods that both can be equally enjoyed, given the right pairing. First, let’s talk about the similarities..... Both of th
The popularity of California Cabernet Sauvignon has made it almost impossible to find a decent California Cab Sauvignon under $20.00. Its popularity has surged with the recognition of Napa Valley. And, while I do enjoy a complex Cab Sauvignon from Napa, the price tags have left me seeking an alternative- and Australia continues to produce some excellent options under $20.00. Australia is probably most well known for Shiraz, its ripe and jammy black fruit, combined with the co
If you are like most people, you tend to run into the LCBO (Liquor Store for all those out of Province readers) and grab your go to bottle of wine. It’s a safe bet, you know you like it, and you know what shelf it will be on. Furthermore, you have probably cast a wide net on a number of grape varieties that you “just don’t like”. Everyone is entitled to his or her preferences, but are you willing to step out of your wine comfort zone and try something new? Here are a few tips
1. I will always be completely honest In the nicest way possible- now who sounds like a Nonna? What does this mean? If I don’t think something is as good as it should be or lacks in some capacity, I am going to be honest about it. It may sound odd to some (most of whom are being paid copious amounts of money to grin and bare it) but; I can’t put my stamp of approval on something that I don’t truly believe in. Honesty is number one; let me be clear, it doesn’t mean I have to b
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