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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…

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…

Refreshing Warm Weather Wines

Refreshing Warm Weather Wines

Since it has been one of the most scorching summers in recent memory, I thought I would focus on some roses and white wines that are served chilled.   However, for my die hard red fans, there are still a couple here for you to enjoy with the BBQ. Whites and roses can be dry and have good acidity (not to…