Salut 2010 – A Toast to Terroir

www.salutwinefestival.com   Terroir is one of those elusive words, used with passion by winemakers when describing their craft and henceforth bandied about by amateur wine enthusiasts (guilty as charged), with few truly grasping what it means. Take some time to listen to Norm Hardie talk about terroir, and you’ll have some understanding of how important… 

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Salut 2010 – Affordable Bourdeaux

www.salutwinefestival.com   Margaux, Rothschild, Latour–these are the great names that define Bordeaux as the most famously expensive wine region in the world.  Anne Martin who writes about wine for Canadian Living, Canadian House and Home, and Good Food Revolution was our guide on a tour of some of the much more affordable options from the… 

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Salut 2010 – Fetzer Challenge

www.salutwinefestival.com   The greatest appetizer is usually the simplest one. Or is it? The Fetzer Appetizer Challenge invited seven exceptional restaurants to compete in a preparation challenge that paired their innovation against Fetzer winery’s Pinot Grigio, a light, fruity wine that pairs well with all breeds of seafood. No surprise then to see that each… 

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Tour of the Livepool Football Club

I wish I paid more attention to my footballer friends, or followed the game closely ouside of the big cup tournaments. Because, earlier this week, I got a full tour of Anfield stadium in Liverpool while filming the Liverpool Football Club for Asigra. The topic was backup technologies, and we explored the venue, to find… 

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Wine Wednesday – Nyarai Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2007

Nyarai Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2007$18.20, from winery at www.nyaraicellars.ca (will be available in the LCBO Vintages July 10th,2010) Well, it’s cold again in Toronto, and in the interest of keeping my Wine Wednesdays balanced, we’ll taste a red this week. There are plenty of occasions for drinking red in the summer, especially with meats from… 

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Salut 2010 – The Art of The Dinner Party

www.salutwinefestival.com   For me the week of eating and drinking that is the Salut Wine + Food Festival kicked off with an informal seminar, The Art of the Dinner Party, led by the pair behind Good Food Revolution, Jamie Drummond and Malcolm Jolley.  The intimate event was held in the recently-opened Boehmer restaurant on Ossington.

Kaisers From Scratch

I am in search of a recipe for the ultimate peameal on a bun sandwich.  I’m amazed how often visitors to Toronto are advised to try one even though it is very rarely served at its best and even more rarely prepared from scratch in Toronto homes.  I’ll deal with the main event (curing the… 

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Mint Chip Brownies

I rarely use the same brownie recipe twice. I have at least 20 different recipes for brownies and always like experimenting with the latest one promising a fudgey, dense, chocolatey brownie that isn’t painfully sweet and boasts a deep, rich flavour. I may have found the perfect recipe.