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Hanging With Lidia

Friday night in Rosedale. The line flowing out of All the Best Fine Foods on Yonge St. stretches for several stores. Television crews wade through the crowd, and grown adults clutching newly purchased and well-loved cookbooks are giddy with anticipation. Lidia Bastianich — the beloved matriarch of Italian cooking in America — is in town...

Organic vs Non-Organic Wine

As a sommelier I am frequently asked about organic and biodynamic viticulture practices. Friends and guests often want to know if organic wines taste better, and if they are better for you. The answers to these questions are not so simple – there are many variables like: who is the producer? Where is it from?...

The Truth About What makes a Really Good Bottle of Wine

It’s the most romantic time of the year.  Everywhere loving couples are stocking up on boxes of chocolate and bottles of wine to demonstrate their desire for one another.  This most amourous day (which, by the way, happens to be Erin’s birthday), got us to thinking: what bottle would we bust out to impress the...

When buying the cheapest wine on the restaurant list are you gettin...

The other day a colleague and I were swapping notes form our vacations in Italy. Mine, taking place 2 summer ago, saw Courtney and I bombing around the Tuscan country side in a 6-gear Renault, stuffed to the gills on cinghiale (wild boar) and pecorino cheese. His, taking place last spring, had him trattoria hoping...

Apres Ski

We’re in the grips of a cold snap here in Toronto — having just come out of a couple breathtakingly cold days of minus 20 degree weather, and if the forecasters are to believed, about to head into a week where the balmiest temps will hover around minus 9. This is the time of year...

My Top 10

A few days ago Erin invited herself to some friends’ house for Sunday visit; hoping to get to the LCBO to pick a bottle of vino as a hostess gift, she was thwarted when work kept her passed the liquor store closing time. To her surprise, when she arrived empty-handed, her friends admitted they had...

‘Tis the Season for Sparkle

Is it just us, or does the holiday season go hand in hand with sparkling wine? Now, don’t get us wrong, we like to drink bubbles all year round — we think it’s great with brunch, a delicious accompaniment to cheese, perfect as an appertif before dinner … in our books, there’s really no time...

Decoding the mysteries of wine terminology A few days ago, a friend of mine was telling me about an experience she had while trying to order a glass of wine. New to a certain bar, this friend was perusing the wine list, looking for something that would sooth the soul after a hard day at...

Why can’t you just drink what you want, when you want and how you w...

I think by now it’s pretty clear I love wine. And I think you should too. But what’s concerning me is all the rules people have come to associate with wine — and the ensuing panic that comes from doing the “wrong” thing. Earlier today I was reading a news article about rinsing your wine...

An Intriguing Dolcetto, Indeed

Last night I was relaxing with some friends and decided the occasion called for a one of my favourite go-to grapes, Dolcetto. It’s a delicious and not often heard of red wine grape from Piedmont, in the north west of Italy. It means “little sweet one” but rarely is it sweet – in fact, it’s...

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