Do you find yourself perplexed about how to store your wine, how long it will last and what temperature to serve it at? You are not alone! Many people often ask me these questions- the biggest being- I opened a bottle and didn’t finish it (yes, there are people who do that) how long before it’s no good any more? Here are some great tips for storing wine, how to serve it and when to throw it away (I am hoping you have better sense then to waste a half bottle). Storage and Cell
Valentine’s Day is really just another excuse to indulge in two of my favourite things- chocolate and wine! I don’t need a holiday to do this, but if society is going to celebrate this pairing- why not embrace it. Whether you have that special someone to share with or not (more for you, to be honest I rarely share) here is a quick guide on how to pair wine and chocolate. Sweetness Matters Have a sweet tooth? And love milk chocolate that is creamy and very sweet? Don’t get me
When you love wine as much as I do, you talk to people about it- A LOT. I get asked a lot of questions about wine, and, some make me laugh and others are just gross misunderstandings of the truth, that a friend of a friend shared with them and so “it must be true”. But common myths about wine are detrimental to its reputation, and I am here to defend wine and clear up some common myths about wine. Myth 1: Headaches from wine are caused by sulphites; that’s why I can only drin
It’s always fun to take a drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) and visit some of the local talent we have so close. I must admit I find myself frequenting the Beamsville Bench a lot more often than NOTL, but I was pleasantly surprised at the wines I discovered during my visit. Here is a run down of where I visited on my recent trip and what to look out for when you take your next visit. Dillon’s Distillers Dillon’s Distillery has been around for a few years now, they continue
(Yes, I realize this sounds like food blasphemy) Surf and Turf is one of those classic dishes on almost every white tablecloth restaurant menu (and some not so fancy ones too). Don’t get me wrong- lobster is mouth-wateringly delicious, and a good steak cooked properly is divine! So how can I profess my hatred for two delicious items that most people would kill to be served? It is the sheer panic and inability to choose my wine to drink with this dish that gets me every time!
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
Understanding wine tasting notes can be daunting.... I know that for most people, you just "like what you like" when it comes to wine, and don't give too much thought on what it is that you actually really like about your favourite wine. I once asked my brother to smell a glass of Chianti Classico and tell me what he smelled, and his smart-@ss remark was "I smell wine". But without really knowing those characteristics about your wine preferences, you might never get to try so
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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