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Familiar Favourites and New Loves Emerge at Taste Ontario!

by Erin Taste Ontario rolled into Toronto this week for its annual big-city love-in for the province’s wineries. It’s one of the few tasting’s Courtney & I would not miss and we were there with glass-in-hand, offering air-kisses and hugs while we tasted out way through familiar favourites, and discovered some new ones. Here’s a...

Celebrating the Joys Of Autumn

by Erin This morning I was busy decorating for fall. Sure, I am a bit neurotic to decorate for the seasons as my “friends” tell me, but fall is, without a doubt, my absolute favourite time of year. I love that I can now make small movements without breaking into a sweat, and I breath...

Wines of Brasil puts its Best Foot Forward in Toronto

by Erin Our mom says it’s always good to try new things, so when the Wines of Brasil sent out an invite for a tasting downtown Toronto, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a couple hours on a Tuesday afternoon. Brazil is a burgeoning wine region; the website says it’s been around...

Great Matches for Wedded Bliss

By Erin We spent the weekend at a couple of bridal shows, and wow, what an eye opener. As someone who’s never been married or even paid much attention to weddings (even when I was in them, I was known as the go-with-the-flow bridesmaid), I never realized the choice facing brides today: an contemporary or...

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...

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