Looking for Wines that Deliver Value for Less Money

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm

As we get closer to Christmas, it seems the wines at Vintages get pricier… if you’re not fully invested in the stock market, perhaps you believe you can’t afford to drink at this time of year. Fear not, fellow oenophiles, I am here to save the day… every second week […]

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Pinot Paradise

October 9, 2013 11:52 am

October seems to be a Pinot month here in Ontario, for a number of reasons… First, Thanksgiving offers up a golden opportunity to pull out Pinto because it’s a perfect accompaniment with turkey and other Thanksgiving fare. Secondly, the Pinot Affair (weekend of October 19-20), an annual celebration of Pinot […]

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Ontario Wine Month: The Reds

September 27, 2013 4:19 pm

Last week, I lamented the fact that your Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) only seems to devote September to Ontario wines; the rest of the year is for the rest of the world. Those who do any travelling outside Canadian borders should stop and look around, especially if you […]

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Ontario Wine Month: The Whites

September 19, 2013 11:21 am

According to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, it’s time to celebrate Ontario wine – you would think that message would be out every month, but nope, September is the annual push for Ontario wine by the LCBO… go figure. Our thoughtful and caring LCBO also picks this time because […]

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Fall for Vintages

September 13, 2013 12:34 pm

We’re going to look at the September 14 release but first let’s check out a couple of offerings from the August 31, 2013 release. During the annual New Zealand wine fair, I got a chance to sample a wine from a winery that boasts the oldest Viognier vines in the […]

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Where Do We Go from Here, Wine Lovers?

September 11, 2013 11:57 am
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Summer is officially over. At least that’s what Labor Day signified, but according to the calendar, we still have a couple of weeks left till we say goodbye to the nice weather; and while summer seems like it just got here, it will soon be time to bid the shortest, […]

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Celebrating Six Gamay Wines

September 4, 2013 11:40 am
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Our very own Michael Pinkus decided to celebrate one of the least    celebrated grapes on the planet, at least when it comes to some    seriously good wine. So from August 26-31, Pinkus hosted Gamay Week, a    series of six videos, each telling readers and watchers about the    great Gamay wines being made right […]

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Four Must Buys this Labor Day Holiday Weekend

August 29, 2013 11:30 am

If you’re like me, you look forward to Vintages Saturday with equal parts excitement and dread… excitement, because soon you will be sipping on a new wine… dread because there goes another 100 bucks out the window (granted, it’s on wine but still). This coming weekend is another Vintages release […]

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Three Essentials

August 22, 2013 9:16 am

I recently got a taste of the Vintages Essentials catalogue… these are wines that are “always available” at Vintages outlets. I scratch my head on occasion when I see this list, wondering how certain wines make it while others, much more deserving of a spot on the list, do not. […]

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Going Local, or Is That Just Plain Loco?

August 15, 2013 9:30 am
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I was speaking with a new virtual winery owner this week and he was talking about why people in Ontario don’t get behind the wines that we grow and make right here at home. If you go to France and ask for an Australian wine, they would laugh you out […]

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Rieslings for the Summer that Never Was

August 6, 2013 10:26 am
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Yesterday my wife asked me what the weather is going to be like for the rest of the week, we have friends stopping by on Saturday and in the summer we like to hang out on the back deck as often as possible, so she has a vested interest in […]

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Summertime Wines of All Kinds

August 2, 2013 3:20 pm

There are two wines that were released by the LCBO in June that you’ll need to do a little digging around for but they are well worth the effort. Starting with a sweetie from Spain: Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro ($16.95 / 500ml – #642173). Why this one? Simply put, it’s […]

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Burning Down the Kiln

August 1, 2013 9:53 am
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Usually I tell you about wines you can get at the LCBO… but here I’m going to recommend wines to keep your eyes peeled for because they could be coming to the LCBO (yes, I did say “could”, because they are pending an LCBO decision). Recently, I set foot on […]

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Joining the Trend for Less

July 25, 2013 11:53 am
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Sitting on the back deck enjoying the spoils of summer: sun, warmth, friends, burgers, roasted tomato dressing on mixed greens – nothing could be more organic than a spontaneous BBQ… but wait, you can add something more to this organic party: organic wine.  Organic is pervasive in the market these […]

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A Matched Pair from New Zealand

July 16, 2013 10:15 am

People are always asking me for a pair of wines they can bring to a BBQ, or over to a friend’s house, that won’t embarrass them but make them look like they know something about wine and food matching. I’m always intrigued as to why people think they have to […]

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Michael Pinkus Launches Youtube Channel

6:38 am

Ottawa Grape Guy Michael Pinkus has his own youtube channel where he provides even more reviews on the best wines he can find. Check out some of his videos below and don’t forget to subscribe for more great reviews.    http://youtu.be/bYjMi0cc76Q   http://youtu.be/DrFYXHyIE4s   http://youtu.be/tfjhUlxiYbE   http://youtu.be/UFoU6xfJWOU   http://youtu.be/SqDelKayLLQ   […]

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Hot Weather Refreshers

July 10, 2013 6:48 am
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This is the time of year when fresh and fruity trump big and heavy… it’s hot and muggy and moving causes you to sweat. That’s why whatever you are lifting to your lips had better be good and quenching. Today, I’m gonna recommend a few quaffers that were recently released […]

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