10 Things We Learned About BC Bubbly!

What comes to mind when you think of British Columbia? The beautiful, mountainous landscape? That laid back, Western Canadian attitude? Maybe Lake Okanagan and fresh salmon? Or, if you’re into wine, the whole “big reds” thing? Well, all of those do come to mind for us, but… so does sparkling wine of course! Inspired by a coast-to-coast tasting of Canadian sparkling wine at the 2017 Terroir Symposium, we made it our personal mission to visit the main wine regions of Canada in 2017-2018. Image already added And, with our trip out to the Okanagan of British Columbia… our mission was …

Give it a SWIRL!

This past year has been a swirl! 😍🍾 With that as the overarching theme of our adventures in the world of wine so far, we couldn’t be more excited to participate in SwirlTO on June 1st , 2018 in Toronto! So what is SwirlTO? Well, to sum it up in one sentence, we’d say: SwirlTO is one of Toronto’s premier food and beverage events, celebrating premium wine, spirits and beer from right here in Ontario, and across the globe! SwirlTO’s goal is to heighten the senses and take the “guess work” out of experiencing and enjoying beverages (and cuisine!) from local and international …

Sparkling Wines Perfect for Easter

Easter is just around the corner, and whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or flying solo and just enjoying the abundance of chocolate eggs, we’ve got your sparkling needs covered! 😉

A Closer Look at the Spectacular Sparkling Wines of Ontario, Canada!

That’s right! There’s a lot more to Canada than maple syrup, polar bears and a strapping young Prime Minister! The country is home to a broad range of climates and micro-climates, with many viticultural areas on the same ideal grape growing latitudes as much of France. In our last post (A Look at the Sparkling Wines of Canada… Eh!) we took you across the country, from coast-to-coast, and gave you an overview of the amazing cool-climate sparkling wine crafted in the Great White North. Now we’re going to focus in on each of the 3 main viticultural areas in greater detail, starting with our home province: Ontario! (With British Columbia and Nova Scotia to follow in subsequent posts 😉).

Iron Horse Vineyards 2013 Classic Vintage Brut – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! (Tough job, we know! 😉) This week we’re sippin’ on the 2013 Classic Vintage Brut from Iron Horse Vineyards down in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County in California! We visited Iron Horse a few years back and had an incredible time. So let’s see if their bubbles are as amazing as we remember shall we? 😉

Tantalus Blanc de Noir 2014 – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! (Tough job, we know! 😉) We’re big fans of, and advocates for, Canadian wine… and this week we’ve got a real special treat! 😍 This 2014 Blanc de Noir from Tantalus (out in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia) travelled across the country and has landed in our flutes! It’s a classic Traditional Method Pinot Noir based sparkling wine, made with grapes hand-picked from a single block in their vineyard! So, is this Canadian sparkler a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see shall we…

Ice Ice Baby! A Sparkling Re-Cap of the Niagara Icewine Festival & Winter WineFest

You know that 2018 is off to a great start when you kick off the year with one of the most glamorous wine experiences in Ontario – the Niagara Icewine Gala! Part of a broader array of events, the Icewine Gala showcases Canada’s largest wine export: Icewine!

Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Blanc de Blancs – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! (Tough job, we know! 😉) This week we’re sipping the 2013 Carneros Blanc de Blanc from Frank Family Vineyards in California! A beautiful Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling Chardonnay that is riddled by hand! So, is this Cali sparkler a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see…