This past weekend, I got to experience the WSET 1 course in Toronto with the company Fine Vintages Ltd. For some people, this starter course is just for hobby. For me, this course is giving me the basic entrance into the deep and complicated world of wine for a future career as a Sommelier. There … Continue reading WSET 1 With Fine Vintages Ltd
If you're a lover of curry and you're from Kingston, you know no one can beat Curry Original's natural talent for high-end perfection. We love coming here for the authentic middle-eastern taste and great wine selection. It's known in basic pairings that curry doesn't go well with any 'controversial' wines (bold, multi-flavoured, or full of … Continue reading Curry Original- Kingston’s Best Curry!
As we approach the springtime and most importantly, summertime/patio season, I'm really excited about posting this article. It definitely can be helpful in the winter to have a great spot to sit and enjoy a full-bodied red or bold white while warming up, but in the summer, the patio paired with a wine list is … Continue reading Top 5 Spots To Enjoy A Glass of Wine In Kingston, Ontario
Stone City Ales is located in the heart of downtown Kingston on Princess Street. This tap house has a lively atmosphere with knowledgable servers that can pinpoint your beer style perfectly. Stone City is best thing to happen to Kingstonian's for craft and locally brewed beer in a long time. Not only do you get to … Continue reading Stone City Ales
Another winter trip to the Bier Markt in downtown Montreal proved to be a wise choice before and after the Habs game. The whole place buzzes with Habs fans excited for the game then explodes after they crush the opposition. What else was getting crushed? All kinds of beers! I always go for wheat beer … Continue reading Another Trip To The Bier Markt
For the ski trip of the year, we set our sights on Tremblant at the beginning of March. For me, this means winter warm up with vino after a long, refreshing day of skiing. Our chalet was decorated with the kind of warm, cozy feeling you have sharing a bottle of red over the fire … Continue reading Après-Ski & Winter Warm Up in Tremblant
Now with the techy wave, I figured I'd throw some great apps out there for wine lovers. Whether you need a quick check on what to pair your dinner with, want to create a wish list for bottles you like, or get tasting notes and price range- these apps are the best (in my books). … Continue reading There’s A Vino App For That!
Another birthday treat this year was a steak dinner on Sunday. Not only did we eat like King's, we drank like them too. We paired the Fontanafredda Barolo DOCG 2010 with creamy blue cheese smoothed over a 9oz steak with baked potato and grilled asparagus. Simply perfect.
For my birthday this year, I decided we'd go to RIVA for dinner. Best choice ever! Nothing compares to the incredibly designed restaurant with the freshest, most delicious food. We started out with a bottle of the Belisario Verdicchio from Marche, Italy and a caprese salad- so fresh! The main course for me was the … Continue reading More Riva For The Soul
This restaurant is located in the west end of Kingston, and I have got to say they NEEDED it. There are very few locally owned and operated gems in the west end- but this one is top notch. The food is-you guess it, Italian... and it's phenomenal. It's nice to enjoy a spot that has … Continue reading Everyone Should Go Italian
There are several vino books I am interested in reading at this moment and don't get me wrong, I could spend HOURS looking through them at Chapter's/Indigo, however these two have been my favourites thus far. I received the first book ('The Complete Wine Course' by: Tom Forrest) as a Christmas gift from my mom, … Continue reading Wine Bibles
The winter air isn't the only thing that's crisp- Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2013) is fresh and crisp and pairs perfectly with pork. The colourful vegetable medley, whipped mash potatoes and sundried tomato rice were all flavourful, but with something on the more dry side, like a pork chop, I prefer to pair it with … Continue reading Crisp Winter
The Bier Markt (many locations) is my kind of place. We enjoyed this restaurant/upscale pub before a Habs game in downtown Montreal. They serve over 150 beers from over 30 countries, so of course they provide you with a bier bible that helps you narrow down your choice(s). I'm a huge fan of wheat beer, … Continue reading Bier is Beautiful
My top wines to keep warm for winter (just the beginning of my 'warmth collection': Sandbanks French Kiss 2010 cabernet-merlot blend is a velvety smooth red with hints of vanilla. This wine is only available in select LCBO's around Kingston and the surrounding area, as it is featured in the VQA section and there must be space on … Continue reading Warm Wines for Wintertime
What's more comforting in the winter than food? Nothing, except maybe the pairing of food and a full-bodied red! I made a pesto spaghetti with cracked pepper topped with fresh parmesan and drizzled with white truffle oil. I paired this dish with my favourite wine: Sandbanks French Kiss Cab-Merlot Blend 2012. I've become very keen … Continue reading Black Label Freshness
Bergeron Estate Winery, located just before Picton, is subtle, yet beautiful. Made from a refurbished barn, this winery boasts distressed wood beams and floors and a long wood bar for tastings. The artwork in the winery and featured on the bottles is designed by Heather Haynes, a local artist with bright and bold work. We … Continue reading Bergeron Estates Winery
Hello everyone! This is my first post on my wordpress blog. I was using blogger, but if we're being honest, this type of blog allows for more creativity with my food and wine posts in terms of layout and photos. Some things to know about me: 1) I'm obsessed with taking photos of my food … Continue reading My Entry Into The WordPress World
In May, we took an adventurous trip up the coast of California. For Eric, this was the first time visiting California. For me, it was the first time travelling around California outside of LA. Nonetheless, our trip started in LA with my cousins! Lucky for us, we have a few family members in California and got to … Continue reading California: A Trip Up The Coast