Almost a Year later….

June 4, 2010

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It’s almost a year later, and things have changed! I spent a good part of that year writing for TasteTO on a biweekly basis, and I believe my writing style has improved immensely. I am planning to return to writing off the cuff pieces on wine styles, grape varietals and all kinds of other wine […]

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get your Rock on

July 9, 2009

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I am really into many of the wines Flat Rock produces, their pinot noirs have panache! Tonight I was hunting for a white wine with charisma and flare. Riesling is one of my all time farvourite white wines, I am hoping that Marlize and the team will not late my palate down! Nadja's Vineyard is a small block in front of the winery, that tends to get more winds and stay cooler, so I'm expecting some ripping acidity.

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Feelin’ Rosy on Canada Day

July 1, 2009

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I had steak marinading to put on the bbq this afternoon, a tasty combination of Worcestershire, soy, olive oil, crushed peppercorns, whole grain dijon, brown sugar and Dr. Pepper. I decided this would be a great opportunity to try pairing steak with pink wine from the Rhone.

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Wines for Easter

April 8, 2009

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Easter is one of the holiest holidays of the year. My family uses these times to bring the family together for a meal, some laughs and fun. The typical family dinner over these holidays involve roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, veggies, dressing and casseroles of some sort. Pies and ice cream for dessert. It's my trainer's worst nightmare. Well, actually *my* worst nightmare - working out after an unrestrained holiday weekend is practically unholy. If you run through the list of foods I listed above, and consider my first article on matching strength or weight of the wine you'll have a hard time making a match. What's a wine lover to do? Pick a great wine, skip the meal enjoy the wine. Just kiddin.

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oh barbera

April 2, 2009

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I must have been italian in a past life.  Fast cars, beautiful women, rich hearty food and beautiful wines with naturally high acidity and tannins.  Barbera and Nebbiolo are my all time favourites.  Barbera d’Alba comes from Piedmont, the Alba region.  To carry the Barbera d’Alba DOC label, the wine must be 100% Barbera. PAOLO […]

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food and wine pairings part I – matching flavour profile

March 27, 2009

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howdy folks.  I thought this week I’d add a couple of words on the topic of food and wine pairings.  Rather than dive into the complexities of food and wine matching, I want to provide some general guidelines that will help you decide on a bottle the next time you’re in the LCBO, thinking about […]

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