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Kaiken is one of the more than 1,500 wineries in the province of Mendoza, which has three primary viticulture regions: Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. The Andes Mountains make for a dramatic backdrop, and a range of accommodations, restaurants and tours provide amenities to complement the winery operations. More than 15,000 visitors arrive at Kaiken each year. It was the first of three wineries I visited in May. Here's what I learned from each of them.
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I arrived in Punta del Este knowing only its reputation as a ritzy beach town where South America's elite converge from January to March -- the summer months for most of the continent -- and its proximity to a year-old winery that has been much talked about in the food and wine world.
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The holiday season is upon us, which means keeping track of far more than usual. If you're anything like me, that means juggling everything from shopping lists and holiday party schedules, to budgets and gift wrapping on top of what I've already got going on at both work and home.
How many couples are so perfectly matched? Indeed, is a Barolo from Northern Italy really the best partner? Possibly, but which one? There are different "schools" of approach for the Barolo; one is traditionalist, and the other responding to changes in palate is more contemporary, but either way they are expensive and for a novice like myself it seems to present too much margin for error.
Do you love entertaining and sharing great food, great wine, and witty repartee with friends, family, and co-workers? Are you planning those summer menus? Of course, selecting the right wine is... wait, wait. No. That's the whole point: there is no "right" wine, no perfect pairing that will titillate the table and put everyone in vinous heaven.
It's time to bring out the reds and whites for Canada Day. Canadian wines themselves are a reason to celebrate July 1 - you no longer have to be a diehard patriot to drink them. These wines stand tall and free on their own. Pair them with grilled meats, fresh seafood and other Canada Day treats.
This Sunday, treat Dad to a special wine, whether it's a zesty, refreshing white to start or paired with planked salmon, or a more robust red for grilled meats. Not only do these ten wines below make excellent pairings for whatever meal you have planned for Father's Day, they also make great gift bottles. Cheers Dad!
These five particular wines are all excellent matches to a wide variety of chicken dishes, from grilled chicken to roasted or fried. I've tried them all, and they're terrific! You can vote for your favourite wines until June 1 at the Best Canadian Chicken Wine. Cheers!
April showers bring lighter wines and eventually, May flowers. Here are a number of terrific wines with zesty bright flavours for spring fare. They'll pair with salads, seafood shellfish and a wide variety of lighter dishes we enjoy in the spring. Enjoy!
There's just something about the frosty weather -- and yes, the seemingly never-ending days of winter -- that makes uncorking a bottle feel that much more decadent, and gives you a chance to learn a bit more about what's contained inside.