Mar 22 2017

Rejoice: Easter is almost here! Easter is prime time to give thanks for new beginnings, wondrous miracles and springtime’s life-affirming beauty. If you’re hosting this year’s Easter holiday dinner, don’t worry or fuss. Renowned sommelier, foodie and blogger Shawn McCormick will guide and inspire you as you hop down the aisles of your favorite Ontario […]

Apr 26 2016

In Canada, ‘tis the season to head outdoors and dine al fresco. Whether you’ve got a no-frills charcoal-burning hibachi or a tricked-out gas unit packed with bells and whistles, dust off your grill. Barbecue season is here! While most folks pair barbecue with beer, you are not “most folks.” You know that wine always has a place at the dinner table, even when […]

Apr 1 2016

Great wines aren’t made — they’re grown. A wine is only as good as the grapes it comes from, and growers know that soil quality is crucial to producing a high-quality vintage. Though this is obvious to farmers and grape enthusiasts, average Canadians may find themselves wondering, “What’s the big deal?” For everyone who’s ever thought that the ground under […]

Mar 15 2016

Lots of people avoid trying new wines because they’re not sure what to expect. Fruity, smooth, bold, tannin-forward? It can feel like another language altogether. Finding a great bottle of wine doesn’t require an advanced degree, though. Similar wines can be grouped together according to their flavour profiles: the general way they taste. Once you […]

Mar 7 2016

Regardless of your drinking habits, you’ve probably heard the term BYOB (bring your own booze). A BYOB event or establishment may have been appealing in your starving student days, but once they’re in your rear window, you probably no longer equate BYOB with an outstanding evening of fine food and drink. Don’t confuse pedestrian BYOB […]

Feb 22 2016

What’s better than enjoying an exquisite meal, sumptuous snack or decadent desert? Enjoying it while swirling and sipping a fine Ontario VQA wine selected specifically to complement the food’s unique flavor profile. While most oenophiles have at least a general understanding of smart wine-protein pairings (a delicate fish pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc, and a […]

Jan 27 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue, what’s more romantic than dinner for two? Dinner for two paired with thoughtfully selected fine VQA wines, of course! Whether you’ve booked a reservation at your beloved’s favorite restaurant or plan to wow your dinner date with an irresistible made-from-scratch meal in the relaxed, unrushed comfort of home, fine Ontario VQA wines will elevate […]