This year, we had the opportunity to attend the Cuvée 2017 Grand Tasting, hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) in Niagara Falls, Canada! We were honoured and delighted to take part in the Grand Tasting, which celebrates excellence in Ontario winemaking and features a stunning array of award-winning VQA wines. And luckily for us, the bubbly was well represented! 🍾
Living in Toronto, we love to drink local Ontario sparkling wine. Luckily for us, we’re spoiled for choice as there are over 100 sparkling wines currently being produced here in Ontario! To help you navigate through this amazing selection of sparkling wines, we’ve put together a handy map! On the map you’ll be able to find every Ontario winery producing sparkling wine, and sort them by region, style, method, varietal and more!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner – and nothing says Luck o’the Irish quite like shamrocks, top hats and pitchers of green beer, right?! 🍀 But what does a #SparklingWino do on St. Paddy’s Day? While we probably shouldn’t dye our Champagne green, we can certainly join in the festivities and raise a glass to the dude that got rid of the snakes in Ireland (or something)! 🐉 So, to help you navigate the greenest, most Irish day of the year, we’ve handpicked 10 Fantastic Sparkling Wines Cheaper than a Pitcher of Beer.
That’s right! There’s more to Canada than maple syrup, polar bears and a hunky Prime Minister! The country is home to a diverse array of climates, with certain areas (like southern Ontario) on the same ideal grape growing latitude as southern France. Fortunately for us Toronto based #SparklingWinos, that means we’re able to produce world class wines in our own backyard!
This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’re sipping Back 10 Cellars Smitten Sparkling! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see… The Smitten Sparkling is produced by Back 10 Cellars in Ontario, Canada. Back 10 began as dream in a cafe in 1999 – how romantic is that? As luck would have it, the future owners came across a plot of land in quaint Beamsville and founded the winery. Not only that, but they founded Crush on Niagara Wine Tours, which just so happened …
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and nothing says LOVE quite like pink bubbles! 💘 🍾🙌 So whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, your friends, family, or… your cat – we recommend pouring yourself a glorious glass (or 4) of sparkling rosé to mark the occasion!
Icewine is the crown jewel of the Ontario wine industry, and is celebrated every January at the Niagara Icewine Festival! Thanks to Wine Country Ontario we had the pleasure of attending this year’s spectacular kick off event – the Xerox Icewine Gala – which left an absolutely sparkling impression on us! 😍
This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’ve got Château des Charmes Brut Sparkling in our flutes! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Read on to find out… We love Ontario sparkling wines for many reasons. One being the fact that they’re crafted right here in our own backyard, and another being the fact that they’re freaking GREAT! Here in Southern Ontario growing conditions mirror that of the Champagne in France, and many wine makers take an “old world” approach to crafting their wines. [eltd_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” …
What’s better than gourmet food and wine? Well, probably having a little (or, a lot) of both under the same roof! We #sparklingwinos have been going to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto for the past six years. Every year, the expo is a little bit different but we always come across a new bite and beverage that piques our interest.