30 Days of Ontario Wine 2014: New Generations & New Beginnings

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One of the things I love most about the Ontario wine industry is that it has the feel of an extended family. Neighbours lend their hands when there's work to be done; everyone bands together for support during tough times; and the community celebrates each other's accomplishments as one. 

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson's Straight Rye Whisky is one of the treats I reach for on rare occasions. It's not the most expensive bottle of whisky in my cabinet–far from it–but this premium line of rye whisky is relatively new and the LCBO's supply is dwindling. The story of this Canadian rye crosses the border into the United States…. 

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i4C 2014: Five Life Lesson from a Glass of Chardonnay

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There may be truth in wine, but much like our tastes the insight it offer tends to be of the personal and introspective persuasion. But if there is such a thing as a universal truth in wine it would almost certainly come courtesy of Chardonnay. That's where the 2014 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C)… 

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The History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man’s Pappy

he History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man's Pappy

The illusive nature of Pappy Van Winkle is part of its charm. Pappy Van Winkle is released in such limited quantities that a bottle listed at $300 will sell for three or four times that price. More importantly, it's almost impossible to find unless you know someone, or happen to be at the right place at the… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Why Local Craft Beer Dinners are Some of the Most Exciting in Town

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The rise and evolution of local craft beer over the past few years has brought a new development to the landscape: the craft beer dinner. In comes in many flavours sometimes a brewmaster's dinner; others with beer as the star ingredient and often with a specific culinary theme, but no matter what the guise the… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: New Brewery Profile – Innocente Brewing Company

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​The newest entry in southwestern Ontario's cadre of up-and-coming craft brewers has 20 years of brewing experience (in one form or another), has brewed commercially on two continents, and did his postdoc research with yeast. This spring, Steve Innocente opened Innocente Brewing Company on Northfield Drive East in Waterloo. Out of the gates, Innocente focused… 

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i4C 2014 Cool Chardonnay Returns

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This weekend the wine event of the summer happens with many of Ontario's top wineries and famed producers from across the globe gathering in Niagara for the fourth annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. With the perfect blend of fun and wine education, i4C has quickly established itself as Ontario's premier wine event. In anticipation of the… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Lessons in the Craft Beer & Oyster Partnership

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Although it isn't necessarily the first partnership that comes to mind, beer and oysters have a long and beautiful history of working well together. That inspired Environmental Defence and Rodney's Oyster House to invite media to Amsterdam's Brewhouse to preview this year's Ontario Oyster Festival.