If you’re one of those people who starts a detox and renews their gym membership on January 1st, by now you might be thinking: enough already! I read once that it was better to minimize alcohol consumption to a couple nights a week, instead of cutting it out cold turkey. I am not sure if it’s true but it certainly makes sense! I, personally, have never believed in extremes BUT….. I am on a cleanse too!! This is what I propose: let’s get back to real life in a way that’s slow and smart. Below are 4 healthy dishes that you can enjoy with a delicious glass of wine and have the bottle sent right to your door. It’s all about balance, isn’t it? Santé!
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Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.
Those holiday bells are just beginning to ring, and among an upswing in merriment and cheer, we’re finding ourselves increasingly likely to imbibe all things delicious. Yes, this often includes enjoyable pours from our favourite Canadian wineries, but when cocktails are in order, that doesn’t mean we necessarily have to cast aside our grape-oriented brethren.
Wine can be a key component of many an excellent cocktail, so if you’re looking to do a little stirring or shaking this holiday season, here are a few favourites. Continue reading
It's a little difficult to tell by looking out the window, but Ontario is slowly inching into spring. The days are lighter and longer, there are more people on the streets, and as I write this, the snow appears to be melting away for good. The collective palate has become tired of full-bodied reds, but it isn't quite ready for Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. Gamay is the perfect transition wine. It's bright, fresh, and floral, with sour fruit and often herbal notes that evoke revival and growth.
There has been much debate over whether Gamay should be one of the future focuses of the Ontario wine industry, because the truth is, it does very well here. The problem is Continue reading
Is celebrating New Year’s Eve with sparkling wine cliché?
In my opinion, it’s absolutely not calling it in to ring in the New Year with a little bubble. The crying shame is that we relegate sparkling wine to celebratory events, and ignore their food-friendliness and suitability to idle weekdays throughout the year. Today, I’m sharing five of my very favourite sparkling wines available right here on My Wine Canada, and while I’d love our audience to hop to it by putting in an order so these wines arrive on your doorstep before 2016 chimes in, I also encourage wine enthusiasts to keep popping these corks throughout the year. Continue reading
In less than fifteen years, Tawse Winery has become one of the most revered estates in Canada. It began in 2001 after Moray Tawse, a devoted Burgundy lover, was wowed by a bottle of Niagara Chardonnay and set out to buy 9.1 acres of vines. Nearly fifteen years later, Tawse now owns 225 acres of vineyards and in the last couple years has launched a sister winery called Redstone. As Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson pointed out in a post last year, Tawse was named Winery of the Year by Wine Access Magazine three years in a row (2010-2012). Continue reading
There are occasions over the holidays when opening a special bottle is apt. I like to pop a nice bottle of Champagne on Christmas morning, or maybe a pricey bottle of Burgundy at an intimate dinner with friends. That being said, the vast majority of the socializing I take part in over the holidays is in a very loud room with twenty-five members of my extended family, or in a crowded bar with a dozen co-workers. There are times when a special wine can be appreciated and given the respect and attention it deserves, and other times when you look over to see that your aunt has emptied almost half a bottle into her wine glass so it's brimming at the rim. Here are a few delicious wines offered on My Wine Canada that are perfect for sharing, but also won't set you back more than $20. Continue reading
It's that time of the year when my sweet tooth starts to go crazy, and thankfully, while scouring the web for dessert recipes, I stumbled onto Food & Wine Magazine's Best Fall Desserts slideshow. I’ve always found pairing dessert with sweet wine a harder task than it seems. While matching complimentary flavours in a wine is important, matching sweetness levels is often essential. Biting into something very sweet can make the next thing you drink taste flat and dull by comparison, even if it's also sweet. Fortunately, the best route for discovering dessert pairings is experimentation. Continue reading
Anyone in the wine trade will tell you, there’s nothing better after a long session of wine tasting than a delicious, refreshing beer. Almost spa-like, it rejuvenates the palate wonderfully and, when necessary, allows you to keep the good times rolling. There are obvious differences and contrasts between wine and beer, but this post isn’t about the technical elements. Continue reading
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