Peter Rotar, Magnotta

Interview with a Wine Maker: Peter Rotar, Magnotta Winery

Magnotta Winery is a winery of firsts: first sparkling ice wine; first iced grappa; first Amarone-inspired wine; first company of its kind in Ontario licensed to produce and sell wine, beer and distilled products;...
Michele Bosc, Château des Charmes

Raise a Glass to Michele Bosc

For years, driving along York Road in Niagara-On-The-Lake, it stood alone. I've always admired it—that grand palatial structure that appeared, plucked out of the French countryside—Château des Charmes. Indeed, the traditions of this family-run...

Interview with a Wine Maker: Andrjez Lipinski, Big Head Wines

Andrzej Lipinski’s arrival on the Niagara wine scene was unique, and then, it seems, he went from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, consulting for Colaneri; Organized Crime; Foreign Affair; Megalomaniac;...
Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup & a Glass of Chardonnay

How can we combat the cold and ice? How do we make grey December days bright? With a bowl of hot Butternut Squash Soup and a glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay! Ingredients 1 medium-sized butternut...
Foreign Affair Winery

It’s a Foreign Affair…Winery

Which wines pair best with the holidays? I am a firm believer that for quality and value for money, Niagara wines are second to none--and in particular, its wave of appassimento wines makes for...

On The Rock: Newfoundland

Canada Begins Here... The hour is nigh: it’s time to be screeched-in. The skipper at Trapper John’s Museum & Pub clangs a bell, he rants his pride of Newfoundland and implores our respect, he pours...
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Wine Tasting 101 (Part 3)

In continuation of Part 1 and Part 2, in which we shared how to handle and view a glass of wine, and how to appreciate its aromatics, now we must finally sip and taste. Sipping...

Wine Tasting 101 (Part Two)

In continuation of Part 1 and how to handle and view a glass of wine, we must now begin appreciating its aromatics. Sniffing the wine: The viewing part is finished. It is the less important part...

Modus: The Value of Service

My introduction to Sam Genkov was through a dish of thickly cut gnocchi luxuriating in rich Gorgonzola cream, crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet accent of caramelized pears. This was at his Bravi Ristorante,...
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Wine Tasting 101 (Part 1)

Wine is the most complex product to taste. It takes a short time to learn and a lifetime to practice. Drinking is just pushing liquid through your throat, but tasting is very different. We...
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