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Wines for Your Turkey Dinner

Wines for Your Turkey Dinner

Some mostly local wines if you are in a last minute panic for what to serve with your Holiday Turkey.  Cheers and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from Wine Journeys! Willm Riesling Reserve 2017 ★★★★½ $17.95 (Vintages)  This is a dry Alsatian Riesling that exudes limes, wet stones, green apples, orange blossom, and petrol.   It’s an excellent wine that would pair well…

Wines to Add Sparkle to Your Party

Wines to Add Sparkle to Your Party

The Christmas/Holiday party season is here and the New Year is just around the corner.  You really need to pour Sparkling at your event; Sparkling makes your party memorable! Some people shy away from sparkling because they feel it is not affordable.  Certainly, you can spend the bank account on great Champagne if you feel so inclined, but there are…

Get to Know Trent Mayers, the President of Wine Journeys

Get to Know Trent Mayers, the President of Wine Journeys

We heard that you recently received a new wine qualification.  Could you tell us about it?  Recently, I undertook the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET London) Level 3 Award in Wines, which is an advanced level qualification for wine professionals.   After a challenging 84 hours of advanced level study and a 2.5 hour final exam, including written and blind…

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…

A Visit to the Beamsville Bench

A Visit to the Beamsville Bench

We have world class wines in the Niagara region that is just under 2 hours away.  So, I visited a few of the smaller boutique wineries in the Beamsville area to check out what’s new. The first stop was Calamus Estate Winery.  It is unique since it is the only winery that has an observatory on the top floor.  It…

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…

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…

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…

Viva Italia – Italian Wines You Need to Try!

Viva Italia – Italian Wines You Need to Try!

Italy has a fascinating wine producing history.   It began with the Etruscans and Greeks (they made wine in Sicily around 800 BC), but the better recorded history of winemaking began with the Romans in 8 BC.  In fact, the Romans liked their wine so much that the Emperor had to issue a decree in 92 AD to destroy some vineyards…

What are Winemakers drinking during the Harvest?

What are Winemakers drinking during the Harvest?

For this month’s column, we decided to visit 5 small local wineries that you usually do not find in the LCBO.  We wanted to find out what their winemakers were drinking with the local harvest and have provided reviews on some of their wines, including their harvest favourites.  These lovely wineries are all worth a day trip and you should…