Celebrate Canada’s 150th with Bubbles from Coast-to-Coast, Eh!

On July 1, 2017 Canada will celebrate it’s sesquicentennial (150th) birthday! As Canadians gear up for the big day, we Sparkling Winos thought… why not celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Canadian bubbles from a Mari usque ad Mare? (That’s “from sea to sea” in Latin – our country’s motto)!

Heard it Through the Grapevine: with Dr. Belinda Kemp

We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Belinda Kemp at the Terroir Symposium here in Toronto. Belinda is a wine scientist who received her PhD from Lincoln University in New Zealand. In July 2013, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, Ontario recruited Dr. Kemp to apply her extensive research and hands-on experience to the Canadian grape and wine industry – and we couldn’t be more lucky!

#MimosaHacks – with Kavi Reserve!

It’s all about dad this weekend! And what do dad’s love more than most… uh, dad things? Whisky! We’ve been obsessing over the new Kavi Reserve – a small batch cold-brewed coffee blended Canadian Whisky (say that 3 times fast!) that’s expertly crafted with all natural ingredients. The coffee and whisky are made specifically to compliment each other, resulting in something seriously delicious, and totally unique.

5 Sparkling Wines to Celebrate Ontario Wine Week

It’s Ontario Wine Week! This week long celebration of local wine was officially declared by the provincial government back in June 2005, and we’ve been celebrating it ever since! To celebrate Ontario Wine Week we’ve selected one of our current favourite sparkling wines from each region – all very different in style – to showcase the diversity of Ontario sparkling wine…

A Sparking Reflection on Terroir 2017

On May 29, 2017 we Sparkling Winos had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Terroir Symposium at the Art Gallery of Ontario. We had the pleasure of being among chefs, food and drink experts, media personalities and business representatives who gathered to celebrate Canada’s food and wine scene ahead of our sesquicentennial (or 150th) birthday!

A Weekend in Wine Country: The Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley

This past Victoria Day long weekend we were lucky enough to head out to the Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley in Wine Country Ontario to promote the new 2017 Travel Guide! The Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley is home to 47 wineries, 16 historical sites, 14 restaurants, 8 cycling trails, 6 music festivals… and a whole lot more!

Gifts that POP! Top 10 Sparkling Wine Gift Ideas for Mom

If there’s one thing we love more than sparkling wine… it’s our moms! But they’re impossible to buy for. I’m sure every kid out there has heard the “I don’t need anything!” line a thousand times… until now! 😉 We’ve put together this handy Mother’s Day gift guide featuring 10 unique (and delicious!) sparkling wines that all the moms out there will be sure to love… remember, you’re probably the reason she drinks the stuff! 😜

A Sparkling Birthday Weekend in Niagara

Last weekend we fuelled up our new Mini Cooper (…the jury is still out on her name!) and headed out to Wine Country Ontario for a little road trip to celebrate my (Jeff’s) birthday. Mike was kind enough to be the DD, as I tasted through an assortment of beautiful bubbles at some of our favourite local wineries. Here’s a little re-cap of our sparkling weekend!

The Sparkling Wines of Italy

Like Champagne in France, Italian sparkling wine has become synonymous with Prosecco – but that’s not all that the country has to offer when it comes to bubbly! From the “Metodo Classico” Champagne-like wines of Franciacorta, to the perfect pizza pairing sparkling reds of Lambrusco, to wines cellared in the sea in Ligura (not kidding! 😳), Italy’s sparkling wines are as unique and diverse as the country’s cuisine.