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10 Wines to Cheers Canada Day

You’ve long heard us tout the virtues of local wines – especially top-performing Ontario varietals Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gamay. These wines are made so deliciously well, to highlight a few for your Canada Day celebration not only seemed a tad uninspired, but too easy – like shooting fish in a perfectly...

Our Top 20 Wines from the June 25 Vintages Release

In this last Vintages release before the Canada Day long weekend, the LCBO has put its main feature on Southern France, for some inexplicable reason, though there is a smaller sub-feature on great wines to sip for Canada Day. Here we’ve highlighted our 20 favourite from a release of maybe 100 or so. They do...

Big Wines for the Big Guy

It’s no secret we got into the wine business largely because of our Dad. When we were kids, our pops worked in sales and marketing for a big wine and alcohol agency – and when we say “worked,” we mean that it seems he mostly played in a lot of golf tournaments, travelled the world...

Our Top 20 Picks of the June 11 Vintages Release

There’s a whole lotta fizz goin’ on in this week’s Vintages release at the LCBO. Just don’t shake it. Unless you’re celebrating a sporting win. We’ve long been proponents of bubbly anytime of the year – food friendly, versatile and often found at great prices if you know where to look (ie not in Champagne),...

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!...

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How to Throw a Party on a Budget

No budget? No problem. Use our tips and tricks for stylish party planning on a dime.  by Erin A few years ago, 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,...

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...

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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?...

how to host a dinner party
The Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting a Killer Dinner Party

Want to host a dinner party your friends will be talking about for years? Our do’s and don’ts to throwing a successful soirée will leave everyone wondering how you did it.  by Erin We’ve all been there. Dinner parties that feel more like a jail sentence than a charming soiree. Boring food, zero ambience, and...

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...

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