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
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
Malivoire’s Guilty Men is a wine that someone else discovered for me. I wish I could say I had the wherewithal to grab this bottle at my local LCBO, but my parents actually gifted me with a bottle as part of my Christmas present ast year. Yes, I’ve been holding out on telling you about this amazing wine for that long. It’s been a busy year, forgive me?