Tasting Alert! Pinot Noir, Anyone?

In line with our blog’s stated purpose, we’re looking to learn about, promote, and enjoy Ontario wines! Ontario is being recognized more and more for its high quality Pinot Noir, so we thought let’s have a tasting and see how we stack up against the rest of the world! Pinot Noir Overview Pinot Noir is…

Meet Marquette: the newest Ontario VQA approved varietal

This week, the Ontario Government announced the addition of a new grape to the list of “authorized grape varieties” eligible for VQA certification: Marquette. Marquette is a hybrid that was developed at the University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center by crossing two existing hybrid varieties: MN 1094 and Ravat 262. One of Marquette’s “parents”, Ravat…

LCBO Value Picks: Australian Chardonnay

Hi all, Alex here – We’ve all been in that situation where it’s the end of the month, Visa bills are running hot, and you’re craving a decent bottle of wine on the cheap! So, to help you (and ourselves) with that, we decided to explore some of the value wines available at the LCBO…

A Weekend in Napa Valley (Part One)

This was a BIG getaway, so it’ll be a two-part post! Earlier this year we headed down to Napa Valley to celebrate Erica’s 30th birthday and the May long weekend. Instead of the picture-perfect sun-dappled vineyards and California heat we were so badly craving after our never-ending winter, the theme of the trip was RAIN…

Creekside Cellar Tasting

In recent years wine club culture has been booming in a big way. More than just wine delivery, membership will get you access to perks like special release wines, invites to exclusive events, and other deals. Case in point: last week, we were invited to a cellar tasting event at Creekside Estate Winery in Niagara….

Wine Getaways: Pelee Island

The warm weather is (finally) on its way, and we want to share this post about a trip we took last year to the southernmost populated point in Canada, and incidentally the birthplace of the Canadian wine industry, Pelee Island! Pelee Island is located in Lake Erie, between Leamington, Ontario to the north and Cleveland,…

Winery Visit: Rosewood

We stopped by Rosewood Estates Winery recently to check out their new renovated look, try some wines, and learn what they do. Rosewood is a winery, meadery, and apiary operation all rolled into one. In fact the business started with a few beehives, and has grown to 300 (!) hives that produce natural wildflower honey….

Celebrating Women Winemakers!

This week I had tickets to a brunch and structured wine tasting at George Restaurant, a lovely historic spot on Toronto’s Queen Street East. The event featured some of the world’s most accomplished women winemakers pouring and talking about their wines. Not only that, the tasting was led by Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first female Master…

Kew Vineyards Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs

Happy May! Instead of May flowers we’ve had a grey day and a massive downpour, but May brings with it the promise of summer to come, and that deserves some bubbles! Specifically, today we’re talking Kew Vineyards 2014 Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs! Blanc de blancs is the term used to describe sparkling wine made…

Ontario meets the World: Malbec Edition!

Hi everyone, Alex here – I’m excited to write about one of my favourite varietals, Malbec, as a feature in our first Ontario meets the World post! Ontario meets the World is our way to make blind tastings fun – let’s be honest, the idea of tasting a flight of mystery wines and trying to…