Visiting the Burgundy wine region

Legends of Burgundy By Zoltan Szabo I visited Burgundy for the first time 12 years ago and fell in love with the region.  Being a great fan of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to enthusiastically accept a return to this land of legends, traditions and terroir. So, after a […]

Big cocktail trends for 2012

By Gavin MacMillan 4,000 Cocktailians walk into a bar…. No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s really not that far from reality. This summer, thousands of bartenders from all over the world converged on New Orleans, La., for an annual pilgrimage to a trade show called Tales of the Cocktail. Tales […]

The inaugural International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4c) took place recently in Niagara

By Zoltan Szabo The inaugural International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4c) took place recently in Niagara, with 56 producers from all over the world in attendance, pouring some fabulous cool climate Chardonnay. Thirty Ontario wineries started the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association – a not-for-profit group devoted to this much-maligned varietal. The i4c featured the […]

Five steps to update your cocktail program

The return of the classic cocktail August 3, 2011   Five steps to update your cocktail program Drinking culture has gone through much iteration over the past hundred years, from rationing during the World Wars, to Prohibition, to today’s welcome renaissance of the classic ‘50s cocktails. Thankfully, there has been a quantum shift in the […]

A Canadian Grape Great

By Zoltan Szabo Some of Aspler’s career highlights include convincing the late Bruce Crozier to introduce a private members bill to enact Ontario Wine Week; organizing a petition for the Post Office to celebrate Canadian wine with a stamp; and last but not least, his Order of Canada for contributions to the Canadian wine industry. […]

Wine, tequila show kinship

By The Wine Ladies April 20, 2011 On a recent tour of Mexico’s second oldest tequila distillery, Casa Herradura, in the city of Guadalajara, we discovered that wine exhibits common ground with Canada’s fastest growing spirit. From the significance of terroir, to the art of harvesting, the relevance of natural yeast and the use of […]