The great debate continues – how to properly store wine. This time however, there’s a twist at the top, as The Toronto Star’s Wine Critic Gord Stimmell uncovers in his post Lying down or standing up? How to store screw cap wines. As craft winemakers, we recommend storing wine with cork stoppers, on their side. … Continue reading Storing Wine with Screw Tops
A wine tasting party is a creative way to gather friends and family together to learn about wine and experiment with new or unusual varietals. Begin by deciding what type of wine tasting you would like to host. Suggestions include: wine and cheese pairings, price point tastings, vertical wine tastings (the same wine from the … Continue reading How to Host a Wine Tasting Party
A recent study has revealed what we have often suspected; the most important wine taster is you the wine consumer. “A wine critic may describe the balance between, let’s say, sweetness and acidity, or sourness and astringency, or fruit and wood,” said Gary Pickering, a professor of wine science at Brock University and co-author of … Continue reading Wine Tasting: Only YOUR tastebuds know for sure
In our mind, this discussion never ends. And while we would agree that having a variety of wine glasses particularly red and wine is a good idea extending it burgundy glasses, cabarnet, shiraz or even a pinot glass – well we aren’t so sure. But it appears that we might be overruled on this question. … Continue reading Does the wine glass really affect the taste of the wine?
We who consume craft wines have a tendency to drink them a little younger than we might ideally like. Even those that have a nice full cellar might be guilty of the same from time to time. Decanting, for the purpose of aeration, can really benefit some wines before consumption. When talking specifically about craft … Continue reading To Decant or Not to Decant – That is the question!
So you’re getting married and you want the best, but need to keep your costs in line. With a little pre-planning you can make your own wedding wine to be served at your reception or for gift giving. If you are planning to make craft wine for your wedding, consider the following: > Your choice … Continue reading Tips On Making Your Own Wedding Wine
Beppi Crosariol, Life columnist for The Globe and Mail talks wine etiquette. We’ve re-printed many of his ideas here and added a few of our own. The host gift belongs to the host – Don’t expect your wine will be served with the meal. Generally, the bottle you bring is intended for the host’s cellar. … Continue reading When You Plan To Give Wine As A Gift
Looking to understand taste and balance in wine? Then be sure to read Bill Zacharkiw, the Montreal Gazette’s wine critic who has written a lovely piece about wine and balance. The impetus for the article came one night when Zacharkiw moonlighting as a sommelier, was asked by a wine-loving couple – “whether it was true … Continue reading Winemaking In Toronto & Mississauga: Bottle Your Own Wine
Picture this… Your host offers you a choice of wines. You really want to try the Amontillado but stick with the Beaujolais because you aren’t sure how to say Ah-mone-tee-Yah-doe. Inter Wine (a UK wine lovers website, that’s just great) to the rescue. They have compiled, THE A-Z guide to pronunciation of wines from around the world. … Continue reading An A-Z Glossary of Wine Type Pronunciation
Photo credits: www.food52.com If you are like us, chilling wine is the last thing on your mind when busy preparing for a dinner party. Wine should never be served warm, even reds should be chilled ever so slightly. Here’s a great way to chill wine in a hurry. It’s a simple technique borrowed from the … Continue reading Need to Chill Wine In A Hurry?