Wine Picks

    • Have a Wine Tasting Party!

      Want to conduct your own Wine by Mood tasting? Here’s a little shopping list that won’t fail you – covering all styles. I poured these last weekend at the Gourmet Wine & Food Expo and they were all a hit – because I framed them in their proper context. Start with the bubbly, then if you can pour all 3 whites, then all 3 reds to experience their contrast.

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    • Wine picks from my NYU class

      In my six-week NYU class ended recently. In the class, we taste six wines (blind) around a certain theme every week and I poll people on their visceral reaction to each wine before we discuss it. The wines that have weak polling numbers have to be put out to pasture or run for election in marginal shops where the mere act of getting a placement will be given polite golf claps.

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    • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 01 Dec 2014

      Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: Traminette Type: White Vineyard: Röbller Vineyard Buy local Spicy, floral (like Gewurztraminer) Miki “This is the Life” Winer A light bodied, long-finish wine with refreshin.

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  • HOLIDAY WINE Shopping List

    … Here you go. Billy’s Best Bottles shopping list for the holidays. White, red and sweet. Slainte! Download it here. HOLIDAY WINES 2014 …

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  • Holiday Wines – Sweet Ones – part 2

    …. Or just pour over your dessert. Chill. Quady’s Orange Muscat is one of the world’s most delicious drinks. Sweet, exotic flavours, but not overdone. The perfect partner for Crème Brule, or fruit flan. And a great value in the sweet wine category. Chill. Brachetto is an Italian treasure. A lighthearted, fruity, frizzy, low-alcohol wine for life’s little…

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  • Holiday Wines – Sweet Ones – part 1

    … drinks is their instantly pleasing, charming personality. The instant life-is-good feeling. Just what everyone wants over the Holidays. And all winter long. PORT Former Mr Inniskillin, Donald Ziraldo, is now into Port with a property called Senhora do Convento, and the LCBO has just released two of his wines. While the labels are quite contemporary…

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 15 Dec 2014

    … Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: Fiestarita Type: White Vineyard: Fiesta Vineyard & Winery Buy local A semi-sweet white wine with hints of tangerine…

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  • Holiday REDS – the 12 pack

    … The old guard of France, Spain and Italy form the bulk of my Holiday stash as these countries are back on form. Of course I’ve also included South America and Australia. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of Holiday cheer in the Boards Local red offerings – but I’ve included one that would work well with a traditional turkey dinner. My first 6 picks…

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  • Holiday Wines – Local Whites

    … – so I say Rock On Rockwood. Niagara College grad David Stasiuk is working wonders at this winery. CAVE SPRING 12 Dry Riesling, VQA Niagara 233635 $14.95 MEGALOMANIAC 12 ‘Local Squeeze’, VQA Niagara 357418 $13.95 ROCKWOOD ‘Patio 9’ Pink, VQA Niagara 323766 $12.95 …

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  • Holiday Wines – for the Non-drinker!

    … FROM AUSTRALIA AN OFF-DRY for the NON-DRINKER! They’ve changed the label, but the wine is still one of the world’s great buys in the off-dry white category. Fun wine, as in light, with yummy, fruity flavours, and the invitation to gulp. A million times more fun than a Bud Light! HARDYS 13 Riesling-Gewurztraminer ‘Stamp Series’, Australia 448548 $9.90 …

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  • Holiday Wines – The Bargain White

    … FROM PORTUGAL THE BARGAIN WHITE JM da Fonseca’a Periquita has been an LCBO staple for half a century (honest), and it was recently joined by the winery’s newly created white edition. While the red is naturally traditional in style, the white is bright, lively and modern. Shades of Sauvignon zest, and Pinot Grigio gulpability – the perfect…

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  • Holiday Wines – Unoaked Chardonnay

    … FROM FRANCE CHARDONNAY WITHOUT THE MAKE UP! Lots of folks have been turned off by the excesses in Chardonnay. Too rich, too spicy/sweet – too much make-up. Wines with natural fruitiness and freshness are back in demand – hence the popularity of Pinot Grigio, but you can find similar characteristics in non-oaked Chardonnay. Often along…

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  • Holiday Wines – Pinot Grigio

    … into drinking than savouring. My picks over the next week are listed by country so they’re easy to locate in the store. Happy times to all. ARGENTINA/CHILE – REALLY GOOD GRIGIO Pinot Grigio is usually crowd-pleasing and a bit plain – the wine equivalent of easy listening music. However, some producers push the envelope and substitute personality…

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 08 Dec 2014

    … Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: Vidal Blanc Type: White Vineyard: Röbller Vineyard Buy local german style, semi – dry white wine Miki “This is the Life…

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  • Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

    … at Serendipity) and Audralee Daum’s virtual winery’s sole focus is Pinot Noir. Altostratus ‘11 sports dark berry notes and spicy hints up front with a very smooth, fruit forward entry, supple palate of dark cherry, mulberry and earthy hints, underpinned by firm acidity, with an elegant, lingering close. Distinctive Okanagan Pinot—but it also reminds me…

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  • Local Sparkling Picks and…

    … as Champagne and is located just down the highway. Bouillot bubbly got me excited with its feeling of luxury. And low price. A lovely ‘quiet moments’ drink. LOUIS BOUILLOT 09 Cremant de Bourgogne, Brut, France 178137 Vintages $19.95 Ferrari makes Italian bubbly by the Champagne (oops, I mean Traditional) method. Bold, characterful stuff that’s a lot better value than the car. At least in my opinion. FERRARI Brut, Trento, Italy 352153 Vintages $25.95 …

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  • Dry, Traditional Sparklers from Spain

    … And don’t forget these great values, and long-time-leaders in the Cava section. Codorniu struts with an elegance that one would never expect in a wine at this price. CODORNIU Classico Brut, Cava, Spain 215814 $13.90 SEGURA VIUDAS Reserva Brut, Cava, Spain 216960 $14.25 AT VINTAGES Codorniu Pink Bubbly has become a Holiday staple at Vintages. And why…

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  • Easy Drinking Bubbly for Parties

    …. The perfect start to your evening, or event. Or household chores. FIOL Prosecco, Veneto, Italy 394577 $15.60 My recent post, Villa Sandi is probably the best current buy in Prosecco. Has my favourite attributes in a drink – fun ’n affordable. VILLA SANDI Prosecco, Veneto, Italy 394387 $13.95 South America is one of the great new sources of bloody-good…

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