Fed by Corey Mintz and John Placko

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a ‘Fed’ session with Toronto Star food columnist Corey Mintz and culinary director of Maple Leaf Foods John Placko. “We’ve agreed on a menu to take advantage of the last of Ontario summer bounty: corn, tomatoes, peaches and pork. The idea being that Placko cooks high, I cook… 

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Day 17 – Stratus Red 2007

 Stratus Vineyards Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario www.stratuswines.com  Winemaker, J. L. Groux  Stratus Red 2007  $44  Available Online, at the Winery, LCBO November 27th.    You may have heard that the 2007 vintage set a benchmark for viticulture in Ontario. The year was characterized by dry and warm weather, prolonging the growing season, red varietals like Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab… 

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Day 14 – Wayne Gretzky Wines

 Wayne Gretzky Wines Jordan, Ontario www.gretzky.com  Winemaker, Rob Power  Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Cabernet Merlot 2007  $13.95 (63826) $15.95 (75689)  Available at Winery, LCBO   Don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge a wine by its label, or name. Continuing with our ‘democratize wine’ tradition, I’ve decided to try two wines that I wouldn’t have necessarily picked up… 

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Day 13 – Hinterland Rosé Sparkling 2007

 Hinterland Wine Company Prince Edward County, Ontario www.hinterlandwine.com  Winemaker, Jonas Newman  Rosé Sparkling 2007  $37.20  Available at Winery Restaurants: George, Canoe, Auberge Du Pommier   We make great sparkling wine in Ontario, but Niagara gets most of the attention. From the county’s first winery dedicated to producing sparkline wine, comes a Rosé Sparkling that is an absolute must-try…. 

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Day 12 – Trend Wines

 Trend Wines www.trendwines.ca  Winemaker, Klaus W. Reif  Trend Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio Trend Merlot Cabernet  $13.95, (LCBO 197913) $13.95 (LCBO 197921)  Available at Reif Winery, or LCBO Reif Estate Winery (Niagara-on-the-lake) has long been a pioneer in the Ontario Wine Industry. The Reif’s family history in winemaking goes back to the 1600s in Germany, and after Ewald Reif moved to… 

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Day 7 – Generation Seven Wines

 Generation Seven Wines Niagara, Ontario www.generationseven.ca  Winemaker, Paul Bosc   Generation Seven 2009 Red Generation Seven 2009 White  $13.95 (LCBO #197988) $13.95 (LCBO #198036)  Available at the LCBO, online, and winery. From the family behind the legendary Chateau Des Charmes estate, comes a new series of wines under a brand. The eye-catching design is a step into the affordable market… 

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Day 6 – Nyarai Cellars 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

 Nyarai Cellars Jordan, Ontario www.nyaraicellars.ca  Winemaker, Steve Byfield   Sauvignon Blanc 2009  $18.95  Available online only Restaurants: Canoe, C5, Pangaea, Today’s wine comes from a virtual winery located in Jordan Ontario. We’ve spoke about virtual wineries before, and this concept has become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. A virtual winery is in essence a brand. A winemaker,… 

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Day 5 – Huff Estates 2007 Southbay Chardonnay

 Huff Estates Prince Edward County, Ontario www.huffestates.com  Winemaker, Frederic Picard   South Bay Chardonnay  2008  Limited availability at Vintages (88955)    I have deep appreciation for the food and wine industry in Prince Edward County. Without even taking passion into account, there is a palpable sense of collaboration and camaraderie between chefs, winemakers and producers. I have heard… 

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