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Why is dining together so important?

Why is dining together so important?

Our lives are incredibly busy and the simple social pleasure of dining together usually takes a low priority.  In fact, statistics show that 1/3 of Canadians almost never eat together.  Yet, inherently, I’ve always felt that dining together was important due to my Irish heritage.  My travels to Europe have reinforced that notion.  Europeans make it a priority to have…

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Summer Wines

Summer Wines

It’s summer (finally) and we’re in the “wine on the patio season”. I have been polling people at my tasting events and it does seem people’s thoughts about wine change in the summer.  Even the most devoted red wine lovers start favouring refreshing Whites and Roses.  The lighter Reds that can be lightly chilled gain favour as well. This begs…

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Spain – A Wine Superpower

Spain – A Wine Superpower

I would call Spain one of the world’s Wine Superpowers.  It has more land area under vine than any other country, including France.  However, its drought prone summers reduce the grape yield making it fall to 3rd place in wine production after France and Italy.  Still, that is no small number.  According to Decanter Magazine, it produced around 42 million…

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La Vie en Rose – For the Love of French Wine

La Vie en Rose – For the Love of French Wine

What wine country epitomizes “amour”?  The answer, of course, is France.  Although the French did not invent wine or love for that matter, they do feel they perfected both!  I won’t delve into whether they perfected love, but they have come close to that goal in wine.  Blessed with remarkable terroir (combination of climate, soil, and terrain) for viticulture that…

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Did you get used to drinking Sparkling over the Holidays?    There’s no need to stop…

Did you get used to drinking Sparkling over the Holidays? There’s no need to stop…

For a versatile pour, nothing beats sparkling; it beautifully pairs with almost any food.  The secret is its great acidity and lack of tannins.  Acidity refreshes your palate and makes the next bite of food more enjoyable.  That’s one reason sparkling is so good with rich and oily foods like smoked salmon or potato chips.  Good acidity makes a great…

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