Today, viticulture is thriving in Ontario, with more than 180 wineries responsible for just over 70 per cent of total Canadian wine production, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion to the province's economy in 2011, many thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as $644 million in tourism and tourism employment, according to the Ontario Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.
When was the last time you saw a pregnant woman sipping a beer? If you are North American, the answer might be never. You might also be surprised to learn that in much of Europe, it's actually not unusual at all. Now, more and more women I know are choosing not to totally abstain from alcohol during their pregnancies. And everyone in their lives are completely losing their minds about it.
With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.
General wine wisdom often automatically pairs meat with red wine, and while that needn't always be the case, for the purposes of this week, it shall be. I've put together a list of eight wines that work wonderfully with whatever might be on your carnivorous menus -- and don't forget to save a glass for dessert.
There are several different wine-making regions across the globe, with new "hot" areas popping-up all the time -- even in Canada. But if numbers tell us anything, it's that we like our classics, our tried and true, our comforting favourites; and a lot of that comes from Italy. Here are some favourites from the region that you can pick up at your local liquor store.
Just like you take your sweaters out of storage, so should you swap out your lighter summer sippers, for more substantive winter wines. Think about the things you like to eat during these blustery, dark, Canadian evenings. Likely stews, casseroles and roasts top your list of culinary go-to's. Those easy, breezy, refreshing whites aren't going to cut it with robust meals. Here's a few of our winter time wine picks, you are welcome to make them yours.