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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...

Our Top 20 Picks from the April 30 Vintages Release

As much as we look forward to Spring, the frustrating about this season is how it can tease you with warm – nearly hot – sunny days, and then just when you’re feeling the comforting, Jacuzzi-effect of nice weather, Mother Nature slaps you into submission with rainy, cool days that barely hover above freezing let alone crack...

How to Host Your Own Wine Tasting (And Still Have Fun)

Everyone loves the idea of a wine tasting … But when it comes to hosting one, it can be overwhelming and down right intimidating. As professional sommeliers and party planners, we host dozens of wine tastings every year for our clients ranging from private events in your home to large scale corporate events in boardrooms...

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...

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