A Steak Salad to Pair with Shiraz

A Steak Salad to Pair with Shiraz

Here’s the straight away secret to this steak and wine pairing:  fresh pressed garlic in the vinaigrette + Montreal steak spice. The savoury flavours of this recipe compliment the peppery notes in a good shiraz. The bold fruit of these wines stand up to the rich flavours of the steak and blue cheese. Try an … Continue reading

Food Trucks Popular at Niagara Wineries

Food Trucks Popular at Niagara Wineries

Having moved within driving radius of Niagara Peninsula wineries this season, I’ve spent some time purusing winery websites. Something cool that I’ve noticed, is the presence of gourmet food trucks that are frequently onsite at various wineries. Gourmet Tacos: One of the most well-known Niagara food trucks is gourmet taco/tapas truck El Gastrónomo Vagabundo. This … Continue reading

Urban winery brings wine on tap to B.C.

My Comments: At first I was skeptical about the wines on tap concept. Reading into the article a little, I was impressed by the list of BC wineries that FreshTAP is working with. Blasted Church, Nichol Vineyards, Joie Vineyards, Laughing Stock, and Hester Creek – these all have my respect! Would you drink wine on … Continue reading

Niagara Wine Review:  Malivoire Chardonnay 2010

Niagara Wine Review: Malivoire Chardonnay 2010

Malivoire Chardonnay 2010 VQA Niagara Peninsula 13% alc. Situated on a picturesque road full of vineyards, Malivoire Wine produces a well balanced oaked chardonnay that clocks in at $19.95 at the LCBO. Before we get into the review, I’ll admit I’m an oaked chardonnay fan. In the 2000’s, it seemed like chardonnay gained quite a … Continue reading

Recipe:  Thyme chicken and sweet potato mash

Recipe: Thyme chicken and sweet potato mash

A favourite of mine is quick and delicious herby chicken and sweet potato recipe. It takes 30 minutes in the oven and you make the mash while the chicken bakes. Wine Pairing:  viognier, chardonnay, fumé blanc, pinot noir Preheat oven to 350°F Ingredients – Serves 2 2 chicken breasts 1 tbsp olive oil 1-2 tsp … Continue reading

Breakthrough for Wine Allergy Sufferers

Breakthrough for Wine Allergy Sufferers

Offer my friend a glass of red wine from South America and she’ll reluctantly give it a pass. Not that she doesn’t want to try a juicy malbec or value-for-money cabernet sauvignon. It’s just that those wines tend to give her terrible headaches. Same with some inexpensive French reds. We’ve discussed possible reasons for this … Continue reading

Niagara Wine Review: Creekside Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Niagara Wine Review: Creekside Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Where: Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley Wine Region (Jordon, Ontario) What: Creekside Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Niagara Peninsula VQA 12.0% alc. (per the bottle) 3645 Cases produced Price: $13.95 LCBO & Winery Store Tasting Note: This pale lemon sauvignon blanc exhibits aromas of apple, lemon, candied pineapple and banana. The  wine has refreshing acidity and … Continue reading