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Posted by : | Posted on: September 21, 2017

As a migraine sufferer, each wine I have tried has given me a headache except for carbonated wine. Any idea why?

The question

I really like sweet wine, but being a migraine sufferer, every wine I’ve tried has given me a headache. Lately I found blueberry wine. No hassle, and I am thrilled. Do you understand why no hassle? read more

Posted by : | Posted on: September 21, 2017

Twelve savoury red wines that are perfect for early autumn

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 20, 2017

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

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 17, 2017

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

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 14, 2017

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

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 8, 2017

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

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 8, 2017

Recipe: Gramma’s Crispy Cookies

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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 7, 2017

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


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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 7, 2017

Recipe: Gramma’s Crispy Cookies


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

Posted by : | Posted on: September 5, 2017

Are you really supposed to swirl a glass of Champagne?


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