It’s always nice to bring home a special bottle of wine when traveling. Or when visiting friends you may want to share some of the Exceptional craft wines you’ve brewed at Wine Butler… but how to pack wine so it survives the trip. Put your worries to rest with this article from the Australian Business … Continue reading How to carry wine in your luggage.
Wedding costs quickly add up. Looking for creative ways to reduce costs and keep within your budget are important. Making your own wedding wine is a great way to save dollars without sacrificing quality. How much cheaper is it to make your own wedding wine? Quite a bit. Purchasing wine through the LCBO or your … Continue reading Save $$ by making your own wedding wine
On November 20, Wine Butler’s Facebook friends decided to write a story. We started the first line and 42 of our Facebook fans took over and wrote to their hearts out. Each post was to build on the previous post so that the story could continue, but that was a little bit complicated. While you … Continue reading Wine Butler fans create a wine story
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
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