Are you guilty of opening up a bottle of wine without waiting for it to breathe? Whether you’ve made the wine from a kit, or bought it from a store – allowing an extra few minutes to aerate a wine will enhance its taste. Breathing or decanting a wine allows the tannins to oxidize – taking the … Continue reading Let Your Wine Breathe – It Enhances The Flavour
It’s happened to all of us, regardless of what kind of sommelier you are. When opening up a bottle of wine, the cork breaks in half. Most of us try to jerry-rig the cork out with either the corkscrew, or worse, a pair of pliers. However, the end result is always the same – the cork shatters … Continue reading How to handle a broken cork
Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor. As with any wine and food pairing, there are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. Rather than complicating the topic with exotic matches like Garrotxa and Meursault, we have broken … Continue reading Wine & Cheese: The dynamic duo
To experience a variety of wines at a reasonable cost, we recommend building your own wine cellar that will be the envy of all your neighbours. All you need to do is calculate how much wine you’ll need, what kinds of wine you would like to brew and set yourself a schedule. Begin by determining … Continue reading Building A Personal Wine Cellar
Sommeliers want to help you choose your next wine. In fact, their job is to take the guess work of selecting wines. According to this Reuter’s article, when dining, sommeliers WANT you to ask for help in selecting interesting wines that are still affordable. Lorie O’Sullivan sommelier for TOCA at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto (pictured … Continue reading Sommeliers Are Your Friend
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!
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