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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.

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  • My Wine Canada Wine Club Feature: St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

    Get ready for a delightful summer treat with our latest featured winery, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery! Sign up for our Wine Club today to enjoy a selection of 2-3 handpicked wines along with detailed tasting notes from esteemed wine critic Tony Aspler and pairing suggestions that will be delivered right to your doorstep each month.

    This July, you will receive an exciting line up of wines from St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate. Wine Club subscribers can look forward to receiving wines ranging from Chasselas and Schönburger to Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. And guess what? If you sign up for the 3-bottle package you will get a fourth bottle of fabulous dessert wine absolutely FREE. It’s like Christmas in July! Sign up by July 15th to get in on this great deal.

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  • Pair It Up! SpierHead's Pinot Noirs

    I’m not gonna lie. As a guy who writes about wine as part of his profession, it’s pretty cool to receive semi-regular deliveries of wine to my doorstep. I’m certainly not looking for sympathy when I say this, but I’ll say it anyways:

    A lot of the wine I receive samples of is, well, not very good.

    While those “not very good” wines come and go without my spending any ink or pixels on them, there are those wines received that barely hit the table before I bust open the box and pull a cork or two. In saying this, I received some samples from British Columbia’s SpierHead Winery the other day and, knowing my personal experience with, and their reputation for, producing incredibly well-crafted Pinot Noir, I tore into the package with gusto. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Fall Dessert

    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

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Clos du Soleil

    Next up in My Wine Canada’s Wine of the Month Club is British Columbia’s Clos du Soleil winery, nestled in the Similkameen Valley. If you choose the ‘Wine Expert’ package, you’ll get three of their wines delivered to your door and, among other perks, custom wine notes on the wines you’re receiving from one of the website’s writers – in this case, from me! Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Wine and Caesar Salad

    Whether you’re at a greasy spoon or a white-tablecloth eatery on this continent, you’re almost certain to find Caesar salad on the menu. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Elephant Island Orchard Wines

    I must admit, when I first came across the wines from Elephant Island Orchard Wines I was skeptical. For some reason, I always had reservations about fruit wine - then I had the privilege of staying at the winery for a few days! It was an idyllic place where I immersed myself in the world of fruit wine and developed an appreciation for it. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! The Two Faces of Pinot Gris

    Here's one question you hear often from people new to wine: What's the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? They are often surprised to learn that Gris and Grigio, genetically speaking, is the same grape. It's a mutant clone of Pinot Noir that originally came from Burgundy — its name is a reference to its greyish pink skin. In France, as Pinot Gris, it's grown mostly in Alsace, and in Northern Italy, as Pinot Grigio, it's grown in Lombardy, Alto-Adige, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Chicken Soup for the Cold

    Let’s face it, plenty of us are likely to get a cold or two this winter and a little chicken soup will be in order. In fact, I was thinking that the healing power of chicken soup was more of a placebo effect, but according to the New York Times, it can indeed reduce congestion, help you stay hydrated and have other positive benefits. Of course, for many of us, we’re not going to let a little cold get in the way of enjoying a glass or two of wine, right? Continue reading

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