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How to Drink Wine Like a Pro

The sommelier answers to your Top 10 Questions on How to Drink Wine Like a Pro by Erin February 18th is Drink Wine Day. Clearly this is a message we highly support. Not that we necessarily need a specific day to drink wine, but heck, if there was ever a day to do it, this...

Holiday party hosting tips
Our Holiday Round Up

After 10 years of planning parties, we’ve learned a thing or two. And here’s our best holiday party hosting tips. by Erin Over the last decade we’ve written dozens of blogs on entertaining for the holidays. These articles are filled with the timeless tips we rely on to pull off a party with poise and...

pumpkin lasagna
Easy and impressive pumpkin lasagna

Wondering what to do with your left over pumpkin puree? This impressive, company-worthy pumpkin lasagna is as easy as it is delicious.  by Erin Even though I’m rating this recipe “intermediate” for chef skills, that’s only because there’s a few parts that may require some balance if making this all at once. But, if you...

pumpkin bechamel sauce on pasta
Creamy Pumpkin Bechamel Sauce

This flexible creamy pumpkin bechamel sauce gives an autumn flare to pasta, risotto – and even roast chicken.  by Erin Don’t let the word “bechamel” scare you. This rich sauce is actually dead easy to make, as long as you know how to stir. Adding pumpkin and fall seasonings just up the ante. Of course,...

easy and delicious marinated olives
Easy and delicious marinated olives

Citrus and herbs are the base for these delicious marinated olives. By Erin A cornerstone of any gathering I host is a bowl of olives. Simple, humble and beloved, these briny, savoury gems quietly prop up the other superstars of cocktail hour. Sure, people flock to the cheeseboard. They scoop up the dips. But, like...

tips to impress your dinner party guests
8 Simple Ways to Impress Your Dinner Party Guests

Looking to impress your dinner guests this season? We’ve got eight simple tips to make your next party a memorable one.  by Erin 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, it’s that people are often most impressed...

Our Top 10 Tips for Fabulously Flawless Fêtes

We’ve spent years planning parties of all sizes. In that time we’ve picked up a few hints for staying the belle of the ball long after the clock strikes midnight. 1. White, Bright and Not a Stain in Sight To stay flawlessly fresh, stick to white and sparkling wines for at least the first half...

Gifts to Impress

Tis the season when we start getting emails and calls looking for suggestions on great bottles for the soon-to-be-inlaws, senior VP in charge of Big Promotions and the Jones’s. We’ll send out a few options for great bottles we think are nothing short of delicious (see our latest Vintages reviews here and here), and inevitably,...

Our Favourite Red Wines of the November 28 Vintages Release

This week our reviews centre on our favourite red wines hitting Vintages’ shelves this weekend. It’s not that we’re not interested in white and sparkling – because we most certainly are – but we missed the tasting where the whites were offered to wine media, so, alas, we can’t include them in this week’s review....

Seasonal Sparklings to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright

This is such a gorgeous time of year to be a shopper. (Bah-humbugers, take your leave now, we’re about to get festive.) Twinkling lights, shimmering ornaments from delicate to enticingly plump, and fat, velvety bows are everywhere. And that includes the LCBO, with walls of mesmerizing sparkling wine bottles lined up like bubbly little soldiers...

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