Wine Wednesday – Tawse Sketches Riesling 2009

Tawse Winery Sketches of Niagara Riesling 2009$ 17.95, LCBO VINTAGES 89029, www.tawsewinery.ca We’ve reached the so-called “dog days” of summer in Southern Ontario, with humidity pervading the air and smog hanging over us, and daily high temperatures hovering over the 30 degree mark – conditions that scream for refreshing beverages. It’s easy to run for… 

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Riesling Week – Fielding 2008

Today’s riesling comes from a winery that has won numerous awards for its wines. Located in the Beamsville bench, Fielding Estate’s 2007 Riesling won Gold at the 2008 Canadian Wine Awards and this wine is its successor. Winemaker Richie Roberts has crafted a fruit forward riesling with a friendly amount of acidity and plenty of… 

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Night it up 2010

The Asian Market aka Night it up 2010 was in full swing at Metro Square as I worked my way through he crowd last night. Plenty of energetic souls took in the food, music and sports. The two day event plays homage to night markets prevalent in South East Asia.  It’s a wild attack on… 

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Learning about Tea

I stem from one of those great tea-drinking cultures – the Russians. While we didn’t have a samovar at home, we each had our own teapot. I can remember many evenings preparing a tray with a steaming pot, favourite cup and honey and lemon to take up to my room. It would keep me going… 

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Heat fix, Sicilian ice cream sandwiches

Today’s heat fix is brought to you by the letter S. S for Sicilian Ice Cream sandwiches. 2 pieces of freshly baked brioche stuffed with scoops of your favourite ice cream or gelato. There’s only one place in the city that does it properly and it’s Xococava. Chef Chris Mcdonald’s (Cava) little candy shop is… 

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Wine Wednesday – Organized Crime Winery Syrah 2006

Organized Crime Winery Syrah 2006$20, Available from winery at www.organizedcrimewine.com  In a column tasting only Ontario wines, it would be easy to get bogged down with Rieslings (and most other whites), Pinot Noirs, and Cabernet Francs, varietals that succeed in cool climates such as ours  – not to mention Chardonnay, but I’m always cautious around… 

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