Become a Champagne Expert, Online!

Wouldn’t you love to take a trip to Champagne and sharpen your sparkling skillset? 🤔🍾📝 Well, you are in luck, as the Comité Champagne is offering a Massive Open Online Course (or, MOOC for short) on our favourite subject: Champagne, of course! 🤩 So you can travel to the most famous sparkling wine region in the world, virtually, for an unforgettable effervescent experience. It is the first-of-its-kind Champagne-only course created by the Comité Champagne. Sommeliers, oenologists, wine merchants, buyers, journalists, students and wine lovers, can participate to develop and test their knowledge thanks to this latest innovation in Champagne education. As an international online resource, …

A Sparkling Tasting of the World’s Finest with Cru Wine Merchants

This summer, we had the pleasure of tasting through the bounty of Wine Country Ontario and we zeroed in on Niagara-on-the-Lake. From exceptional fruit, to farm fresh vegetables and, of course, incredible wine, there is plenty to taste… and write about! However, on a warm Friday afternoon with our feet firmly planted at Stratus Vineyards, we turned our minds and palates to more global flavours. With Melissa Pulvermacher and Cru Wine Merchants, we were able to travel to Valdobiaddene, the Rheingau, Barcelona’s hilly outskirts, and the Champagne. Travel with our glasses, that is, as we tasted through their diverse and exceptional portfolio of high …

Build your own Champagne Christmas Tree!

We Sparkling Winos have been putting up our Champagne Christmas Tree for a few years now and every year, we get tonnes of feedback from friends and family who want to know (a) how we could drink so much champagne over the course of the year that we have enough to bottles to trim our tree and (b) how on earth did we conceptualize and arrange such festive and fun tree.

Gifts That POP! Holiday Bubbles for Every Budget

The holidays are all about family, friends and getting #festive! 🎉 But in between celebrating… the whole “gift giving” thing can be stressful. 🤦‍♂️ Thankfully, we’ve got the answer: Sparkling Wine! 😍 This year, we’ve put together a list of effervescent gift ideas for the Sparkling Wino on any budget. From stocking stuffers under $10, to a Methusela (or 6000mL bottle) worth over $10,000 (Oprah, you out there girl?), the options run the gamut so you can cross everyone off your shopping list. Looking for that perfect gift for your Grinch Grab or Hostess with the Mostess? We got you! …

Experience Pure Luxury inside Moët-Hennessy’s Luxury Discovery Suite

We had the absolute pleasure of attending the launch of Moët-Hennessy’s Luxury Discovery Suite at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto last week. A brand new pop-up experience that’s the first of it’s kind in the world! Now before we get into the details of our experience (and what you’ll find when you visit) we would like to be up front: it’s incredible. 😍

i4C 2018: Putting the “Cool” into “Cool Climate Chardonnay”

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the 2018 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) – and what a whirlwind it was! 😍 Not only did we get the chance to attend as Sparkling Winos (where, spoiler alert, we tasted some pretty spectacular Blanc de Blancs from around the world), but we also had the opportunity to capture and share the event through Wine Country Ontario’s social media channels which helped us to focus our time on the absolutely amazing things happening right here in our beautiful province. (Note: in case you missed our social media takeover, check …

Heard it Through the Grapevine: with Liz Palmer

Ahh, Champagne! There’s just nothing else like it. It’s the drink ubiquitous with luxury and celebration. Whether you’re toasting to a special occasion or just in the mood to #TreatYoSelf – the answer is always: “Champagne!” Yet so much of Champagne – as a beverage and as a region – remains a mystery to even the most savvy of consumers. Even we as Sparkling Winos are constantly finding new elements to explore and new producers to seek out. Cue Liz Palmer’s “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne”… an invaluable resource! 😍