Twelve savoury red wines that are perfect for early autumn

Posted by : | Posted on: September 21, 2017

Autumn is upon us, the formal arrival marked this year at 4:02 p.m. Eastern Time, September 22. Does your wine palate begin to crave specific grapes or flavours at periods like this?

Me, I’m an underbrush kind of guy – those notes of moist leaves and earth – probably in part because it gets me out into the forest without having to tie my shoes and leave the house. read more


Recipe: Celery sticks with nutritional yeast furikake, sesame oil and soy

Posted by : | Posted on: September 20, 2017

I came up with this dish during my current residency at Rush Lane and Co in Toronto while searching for a snack that would satisfy the cravings of cocktail-swilling clients that went beyond the lazy route of simply deep-frying something. read more


For Ontario winemakers, a potential silver lining of a wet summer

Posted by : | Posted on: September 17, 2017

Rare is the winemaker eager to forecast the quality of a classic before harvest is over and the juice is firmly bubbling in tanks. Restraint in such a matter is wise. In wine there is truth, in blossoms only speculation and hope. read more


For Ontario winemakers, a potential silver lining of a wet summer

Posted by : | Posted on: September 14, 2017

Rare is the winemaker eager to forecast the quality of a classic before harvest is over and the juice is firmly bubbling in tanks. Restraint in such a matter is wise. In wine there is truth, in blossoms only speculation and hope. read more


What exactly does ‘minerality’ mean in wine? Are there stones in my chardonnay?

Posted by : | Posted on: September 8, 2017

The question

What exactly does “minerality” mean in relation to wine? Are there stones in my chardonnay?

The answer

No stones, so don’t worry. The expression “minerality” has been used with accelerating frequency recently by wine critics (and wine lovers in general) to describe a range of non-fruity aromas or tastes. Often more specific phrases will be trotted out by people such as me, such as chalky, flinty, stony, wet stone, graphite, saline or slate. While I use the word in my testimonials, I am often thinking of the odor of a rock quarry or the sour tang of sea water sprayed from rocks on shore, occasionally even the smell of pencil shavings. (Wine critics have nothing if not colorful imaginations.) It’s also a certain tingle and tension on the tongue, something which does not look entirely attributable to the tartness of acidity. read more


Recipe: Gramma’s Crispy Cookies

Posted by : | Posted on: September 8, 2017

My grandmother, Eunice Cammack, was known far and wide for her delicious and bountiful baking and cooking. Seeing her always meant being greeted with a warm kiss, and the guarantee that you wouldn’t be leaving hungry. read more


What exactly does ‘minerality’ mean in wine? Are there stones in my chardonnay?

Posted by : | Posted on: September 7, 2017


The question

What exactly does “minerality” mean in relation to wine? Are there stones in my chardonnay?

The answer

No stones, so don’t worry. The expression “minerality” has been used with accelerating frequency recently by wine critics (and wine lovers in general) to describe a spectrum of non-fruity aromas or flavours. Often more specific phrases will be trotted out by people such as me, such as chalky, flinty, stony, wet stone, graphite, saline or slate. While I use the word in my testimonials, I am often thinking of the odor of a rock quarry or the sour tang of sea water sprayed against rocks on shore, occasionally even the smell of pencil shavings. (Wine critics have nothing if not colorful imaginations.) It’s also a certain tingle and tension on the tongue, something which does not look entirely conducive to the tartness of acidity. read more


Recipe: Gramma’s Crispy Cookies

Posted by : | Posted on: September 7, 2017


My grandmother, Eunice Cammack, was known far and wide for her delicious and bountiful baking and cooking. Seeing her always meant being greeted with a warm kiss, and the guarantee that you wouldn’t be leaving hungry. read more


Are you really supposed to swirl a glass of Champagne?

Posted by : | Posted on: September 5, 2017


The question

Are you really supposed to swirl Champagne?

The answer

No. But do not let me stop you. Just be cautious in that day apparel if the flute is too high.

You need to avoid swirling mainly in order to maintain maximum carbonation — the very small bubbles you paid so handsomely for. Can a quick swirl or two mess your wine? No. I occasionally make a point of swirling sparkling wines that I find are overly fussy to start with, just to smooth them out to a flatter and more sippable state. read more


Recipe: Perfect braised brisket

Posted by : | Posted on: September 5, 2017


Brisket can mean various things to different people — barbecue enthusiasts, as an instance, would not dream of eating the fatty piece of beef any other manner than tenderized by a smoker, partnered with a dry rub and skillet. read more