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
The long awaited Spring season is finally here! And while the weather forecast for this weekend is rain, the change in season is always a good indicator to shift what we are eating- more BBQ and salads – Yes Please! And, with that, comes a shift in what we drink. I love the change in seasons, because I definitely shift my wine picks accordingly. Just in time for the May long weekend, here are some spring favourites at the LCBO! Local Gems I will always be a big supporter of o
After visiting a few wineries this weekend, and then attending the Somewhereness wine tasting hosted by Wine Align, I felt inspired to write about why our Ontario winemakers deserve some love and credit for the fabulous wines being produced in our own backyard. About 10 years ago, I would have not given you this advice, it seemed as though the wine industry in Ontario was trying to be everything to everyone- growing grape varietals that just didn’t thrive in our climate, and
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
The second question I normally get from people (other than that one about my favourite wine) is what wine they should buy as a gift for that special someone- whether it is a 50th Wedding Anniversary, or a 60th Birthday party, or simply a hostess gift- this is a tough question! Don’t get me wrong, I want to impart my wine wisdom and have you look like a wine genius when you show up with that perfect bottle. But there are a few factors involved when you are asking that kind of
(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!
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...
Making homemade pasta sounds daunting; but in reality it is very easy. It takes some time and patience, so perhaps not something you do on a Tuesday. But for me, it is a nostalgic experience that brings me back to my Nonna’s kitchen table, where I assisted the culinary master in creating something mouth-wateringly delicious. Gnocchi’s origin comes from the Italian word nocca, meaning knuckle, and when you look at these little pillows of softness, they have the imprint on them
Dear Restaurant Owner, While I understand there is a cost associated with updating your menus and wine lists; the vintage of the wine you are selling DOES matter! And, you CANNOT tell me that a 2-year difference in a Spanish Tempranillo doesn’t make a difference, because it does, and I am going politely explain why.... The Situation I ordered my first choice wine and after 10 minutes of waiting for the bottle to arrive, the waitress politely told me that they did not have tha