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Our Top 20 Picks from the April 16 Vintages Release

We saw a clever tweet recently that read, “Whoever said April is the cruellest month, must have lived in Southern Ontario.” And man, is that true. The weather stations said it was the first time it snowed in April since 2005 …  but now Spring is finally in the air! If the Weatherman is t be trusted,...

Our Top 20 Picks from the April 2 Vintages Release

One of the most popular wine tastings we offer is “New World vs. Old World,” a comparison of the same varietals produced in two different areas – one in Europe (Old World) and one outside (New World). It’s been immensely well received and, as mentioned, one of our most requested. Vintages is playing on that...

8 Terrific Spring Wine & Food Pairings

As much as we love winter-hearty comfort food, when the sun starts warming things up we are bursting to throw off the layers of sauces, creams, gravies and starches in favour of foods that are a bit brighter, lighter and fresher. Same with our wines; while we’ll happily drink reds, whites and rosés all year long,...

Sunday Supper: Spring Potato Gruyère Soup

The inspiration for tonight’s Sunday Supper comes from simply needing to use up what’s in the fridge. That may not be elegant, but it’s real life. In the aftermath of Easter, Erin had probably about three pounds of potatoes and easily a half pound of Gruyère leftover from a fabulous potato gratin dish she made for...

The Rules Behind Bringing Wine as A Hostess Gift

It seems the simplest of gestures, but it elicits such anxiety for the well-intentioned gift giver. What is an appropriate wine to gift? How much money should be spent on a bottle? Should you expect the host to open it or save it for another time? All very good – and regularly asked – questions....

6 Eggs-cellent Wines for Easter

When we pair wines for holiday dinners, occasions where our meals typically look more like a marathon than a sprint, starting in the late afternoon with nibblies as guests gather and running into the into the night with a multi-course dinner, we generally don’t get overly fussed about the perfect pairing. In fact, we’re pretty...

8 Simple Ways to Impress Your Dinner Party Guests

The devil’s in the details. It’s the little things. Good things come in small packages. Riches are in niches. If these sayings tell us anything (other than our obsession with quotes), it’s that people are often most impressed not by grand overtures, but by simple acts that show you remembered and you care. We entertain...

The March Break Sunday Supper that will Save Your Sanity

Kid Approved Lemon Ricotta Stuffed Won Ton Ravioli (with adult approved wine) If you have kids – or maybe even if you don’t – you know that this week has been March Break. And here in Toronto it rained. Almost. Every. Day. Faced with kids who were locked up all day long with no real...

Our Top 20 Picks from the March 19 Vintages Release

If you’re familiar with biodynamics, the philosophy that we are influenced by lunar cycles and that there is preferred days to harvest, drink and eat for maximum success, then you likely won’t be surprised to read that these tasting notes were probably written on flowering, or tasting, days. If you are a bit in the...

Our Top 20 Picks for the March 5th Vintage’s Release

This week Vintages is looking to red-hot California as the focus of this release. Not that the Golden State needs the help: a recent report shows 2015 was a banner year for US wine exports (of which California makes up about 90%), increasing sales to 1.6 billion, which is nearly 8% higher than the previous...

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