The Friday Files: News & Notes From Canada's Wine Scene

If you're seeking Fall events in Toronto, BlogTO just posted The top 10 food events in Toronto for fall 2014 and includes the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo among them which takes place Nov. 20-23. We'll be there too so come by the My Wine Canada booth and say hi!  You're sure to find, as BlogTO puts it, plenty of opportunities to eat and imbibe.

In The Globe and Mail, Beppi Crosariol offers some general wine advice for people with diabetes: I have type 1 diabetes. What types of wine are safer to drink in terms of sugar content? I would take this one step further and urge people to look into specific wine online. So many wineries now provide the technical information of the wines they produce and list sugar as 'residual sugar' or simply 'rs' in grams per litre. Here is an example using Road 13's 2011 Syrah with 2 grams of sugar per litre.

Recently, My Wine Canada's Kurtis Kolt wrote an article that gave insight into the inner workings of wine awards. This week, Rod Phillips adds to the conversation with an article in the Ottawa Citizen and gives some of his picks from the Ottawa Wine Challenge.

Wondering how your bottle of Baco Noir from the 80s is holding up? If you feel like geeking out, give Rick VanSickle's great post on Wines in Niagara a read.

This week in Western Living, Neal McLennan singles out Benjamin Bridge's 2009 Brut. He touts the Nova Scotian blend of L'Acadie, Seyval and Chardonnay as one of the best bottles of sparkling he's had in recent memory. I can attest... this is impressive bubble.

In case this is something you're into... Food and Wine offers 7 Wines to Pair With Your Favorite Halloween Candy. You know what? The picks are pretty good. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Emilio Lustau Solera Sherry? Perfect.


Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Black Hoof. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.

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