Up until a few years ago, Gewürztraminer was the name of that grape that I didn’t know how to pronounce, so I actively avoided it. (It’s pronounced guh-voorts-truh-meaner.) Cut to the present day and it’s one of my favourite white wine varietals, especially here in Ontario. It’s a versatile grape, one that’s constantly surprising me with its depth.Read more
Though there have been fleeting moments of spring, it’s still winter(ish) weather here in Toronto. As I write this the skies are grey and the temperature is below zero. I don’t mind the cold, but I’m gearing up for patio season, and I honestly can’t wait, but there is an upside to this cooler weather: cozy Canadian Chardonnay.
2018 is all about exploring different wines, not just the ones I know and love. Enter Anselmi San Vincenzo, a Garganega blend from famed Italian wine maker Roberto Anselmi. Having seen this wine crop up on my Instagram feed more than once, I was eager to try it.Read more
Goal for 2018: Drink more wine. Honestly, it’s at the top of my list, right along with eating more cheese, cuddling more dogs, writing more and eating more tacos. Clearly, I have my priorities straight!
In all seriousness, I do want to drink more wine this year. I want to drink more wine that I love, new wine, old wine, different wine, mind-blowing wine…you get the picture. There’s so much I don’t know about wine (besides the fact that I love it) and this year I want to expand my palette. I also want to share more of the wines I love with you on a more regular basis. In honor of that, today’s review is brought to you by one of my favourite wines in the Niagara Region: Organized Crime’s 2016 Pinot Gris. Sadly, this wine appears to be sold out, but I’m hoping the 2017 vintage will pop up soon; so mark your wine calendars.
As the weather gets cooler, I find myself gravitating to some of my favourite things: sweaters, good books and of course - wine. I'm a seasonal wine drinker; I drink more red in the winter than I do in the summer, but I am occasionally known to toss that habit out the window and crack a delicious Rosé in the middle of December. That said, I have been craving winter whites – like Chardonnay and Fumé Blanc – lately.
I have had Kew's Fumé Blanc kicking around in my wine fridge since June, and the beginning of October seemed like the perfect time to crack this beauty.Read more
I've often wondered what makes us gravitate towards a certain brand over another. Why does that bottle of wine appeal to us over the other bottle of wine that's right next to it? Is it the label, or the name? Sure, sometimes it comes down to price, but appearance plays a huge part in what goes into my cart when I'm buying wine I haven't tried before.
Case in point - a few weeks ago my boyfriend and I made a trip to the LCBO to stock up on some ciders, beers and some cheap wines for easy drinking. I grabbed some trusty go-tos and a couple of bottles I haven't tried before. One of those was Yalumba's Y series Viognier. Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-Yay) is a grape variety I haven't fully explored yet and one I didn't know much about so I was really excited to try this wine - a steal for $13.95.Read more
Do you believe in wine destiny? I do. My boyfriend and I recently had a housewarming in our new home, and everyone kindly brought wine and champagne. Our friends know me, I mean us, very well: they know we love wine and they know about my wine site, of course.
At any rate, my friend Matt brought me a bottle of 2027 Cellars - a winery I had never heard of. This was a VQA Chardonnay. Ontario makes great Chardonnays - rich, buttery and lively Chardonnays. Needless to say, I was really excited to dive into this one.
The Wine: 2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Chardonnay 2014
The Price: $22.95
The Grape: Chardonnay
The Region: Ontario
Sometimes a wine comes along and you can’t wait to open it, to swirl it around in your glass and dive in. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is one of those wines.
From the famed and highly regarded Marlborough region in New Zealand, this wine hits all the right notes for me it checks all the boxes. When I took a sip of this wine, well, it took all of my efforts not to yell, “Fuck yes, Cloudy Bay!” Actually, who am I kidding? I totally did yell that and I did a happy dance too.Read more
The nice thing about being a known wine-drinker is that people surprise you with bottles that you’ve never tried. For my birthday, I got a few bottles of wine from my parents, including this Opawa Pinot Gris from New Zealand. If you know me, you know I love - love - Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, specifically from the Marlborough region. Recently I’ve been getting into their Pinot Noirs, but New Zealand Pinot Gris is new for me, and I was so excited to dive into this bottle.
The Wine: Opawa Pinot Gris
Grape Variety: Pinot Gris
Location: Marlborough, New Zealand
Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean you can’t get out of the city for some R&R. Last weekend, I roadtripped with my friend Jess and her housemate Kat to Prince Edward County, where we lazed around, played with the dog (hi Lucy!) and, of course – drank some wine.Read more