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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.

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 […]

what’s the freakin’ deal with tannins

March 1, 2009

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You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?

Deep Dive on Acidity

February 10, 2009

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thought I would dive into one of the big mysterious elements of wine structure for me: Acidity. I often hear it associated with "freshness" and "liveliness" or "refreshing qualities" - that doesn't work so well for me. I want to get into it a little more, understand it technically.

Wine Tasting for the Rest of Us

March 26, 2008

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This is a quick overview of wine tasting, a concise look at terminology, and the basics of tasting wine. You know all those wine reviews, all the notes you read when you’re in the wine store that you think back to when you’re tasting a wine?  Toss ’em out the window.  Until you’ve smelled and […]