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Pitcher Perfect: The Best Big Batch Margaritas

We love a good cocktail, but we don’t love getting stuck behind the bar. Mixing and measuring, shaking and stirring – one ounce at at a time … who wants to do that!? We decided to combine our love of margaritas with our love of being lazy, and figured out our perfect combination for pitchers of margaritas!...

How to Throw a Party on a Budget

This weekend we were invited to a celebration, that, well… Wasn’t very celebratory. In fact, it was pretty bad. Picture it: a florescent lit, utilitarian, condo party room, a plastic table covering, random paper plates, white plastic forks and disposable, plastic wine glasses. There was a cheese plate – well, there was one block of cheese...

Our Top 20 Wines from the May 28 Vintages Release

The LCBO released a “summer trends” report this week showing what historically have been popular items during the warm months. Not surprisingly, white and rosé wines surge in popularity, and overall all wine sales in general increase by nearly 10% for a total last year of more than $440 million. Not to be outdone, California reds...

Best Wines for BBQ

It’s technically still spring, but the May long weekend is really the unofficial start to summer. City dwellers are scurrying up the 400 like rats from a sinking ship, headed to cottage country to launch boats, put in docks and dust off winter-sleepy cabins for summer time fun in the sun. Can you tell we’re pumped?...

The Do’s and Don’ts to Hosting a Killer Dinner Party

We’ve all been there. Dinner parties that feel more like a jail sentence than a charming soiree. Boring food, zero ambience, and uninteresting conversation means guests are probably figuring out how to subtlety shimmy out the bathroom window rather than spend another minute at your crappy party. But going the distance to creating a (favourably)...

Our Top 20 Picks from This Week’s Vintages Release

We don’t think we’ve had such a diverse selection of top wines in, well, ever. Running the gamut from $17 to $70, from America to Argentina there is a wide selection to pick from in these 20 wines. As usual, we have a hefty representation from Canada, including a 6-year-old fabulous Cab Franc from Lake Erie...

Top 10 Wines Under $20 for Spring

We’ve been playing slap and tickle with Mother Nature so far this season. Tantalizingly warm and sunny days followed by brisk rainy ones, but it seems now that we’re nearly half way through May, that we’re on the tipping point to better, more civilized, weather. As you dust off the patios and open the cottages, you’ll...

RIP Second Cheapest Wine on the List

It’s been said that no diner wants to order the cheapest wine – they don’t want to look cheap, and besides, everyone knows that lowly, budget-friendly bottle is nothing but insipid plonk, anyway. However, savvy restaurant-goers know the hidden gem is to be found in the bottle that’s priced just a few notches north of...

10 Perfect Wine Pairings for Cheese

We’re pretty sure the award for Most Enduring Couple should go to Wine and Cheese. A timeless marriage, it’s the stuff everyone from gourmands to girls’ nights, book clubs to game-watching get-togethers turns to for the entertaining win. In the wine and cheese tastings we lead for clients, there are always a few things that...

A Bouquet of Rosé for Mother’s Day

At the time of this writing, we’re drinking rosé. Not that that should come as a surprise. We’re always drinking rosé. Just check our Instagram if you need proof. Spring is the season for rosé – bridal showers, baby showers and Mother’s Day all inspire the pink wine cravings. Now, we think a decent rosé...

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