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DIY Holiday Cookie Mix Gift in a Jar

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One of my most favorite and easy DIY gifts to create every holiday season is this Layered Cookie Mix Gift in a Jar. If you can scoop ingredients with a spoon – you can make this gift! That’s how easy it is. Here’s how: (more…)

Robert Mondavi Winery Tour – Napa, California

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With over 478 wineries in Napa Valley alone, how does one even begin to choose which to visit? Robert Mondavi Winery gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a recognized brand and a BIG winery. I don’t have a ton of wine knowledge, so I booked Paul and I into The Robert Mondavi Signature Tour (90 min, $35 with three tastings) to learn the basics during our recent trip to Napa.

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This Robert Mondavi Winery produces close to 3.5 million bottles annually and it was fascinating to see the machinery it takes to produce that volume of wine. I learned a lot about this history of Napa, how wine is made and a chance to see the bottling plant – this is a fantastic tour and I highly recommend making it your first stop.

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We even got an up-close look at their $350 million dollar state-of-the-art fermentation cellar and the huge French oak barrels where the process occurs (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Angela Aiello

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I first met the lovely Angela Aiello when I got into blogging in 2010 during one of her wine events. I have always admired her hustle, hard work and expertise on something I personally find a bit daunting – wine. Angela Aiello works to make wine accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine and I love her fun approach. Her entrepreneurial spirit is what I find the most inspiring. Meet Angela Aiello everyone!

 

Do you remember what first sparked your interest in wine?

Yes, I remember loving a bottle of Riesling like nothing I’ve ever had before when I was 18. It was my mom who told me to apply for the job in wine when I was 16, but it is Riesling who is my one true wine love and has helped spike my interest in the whole industry.

 

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What was the definitive moment for you when you decided to pursue a career in wine?

I realized after trying to earn a career in media upon graduating from university and working in Toronto that I had 8 years of wine experience that was very valuable. I had worked in the wine industry to put myself through school and although I had a communications degree and wanted something in media, it was hard working at the bottom of the food chain in that industry. I realized that all my wine knowledge was an asset and started to brainstorm a way to integrate my in-field experience with my degree.

5 years ago I went full-time into my own freelance work and haven’t looked back since, but it was a big move to make the change from stable work to the life of a hustling entrepreneur.

 

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Food + Wine Pairing with Barton & Guestier

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By: Shelby Morrison

Who doesn’t love the idea of wining and dining? Some of life’s greatest pleasures are eating and enjoying some quality wine. I was fortunate to attend a cooking class at Nella Cucina in Toronto, hosted by Barton & Guestier, a wine company based in Bordeaux, France.

The evening allowed us all to enjoy the experience of creating dishes, which were each paired with a different wine. Barton & Guestier’s own Clementine Queraux, who was born and raised on a winery in Bordeaux, led the evening.

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The idea of pairing food and wine allows each to complement each other, rather than compete. Different flavours in wines go well with particular culinary flavours. We learned about some delicious wines, and the foods they pair well with. (more…)

How-To Taste Wine Like An Expert

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By: Lisa Jackson

Recently, experts have increasingly professed that the secret to happiness is to live in the moment. We need be mindful, be present to soak up life’s offerings. Believe it or not, tasting wine can be an exercise in mindfulness. Basically, this means slow down and stop to smell the wine! 

“When we are open, we are receptive to new experiences and possibilities,” says our OPEN wine guide from OPEN Wine for the evening. “You need to connect and transform moments into occasions.” 

It’s an idea that OPEN Wines has grasped and incorporated into their brand. OPEN is a collection of VQA wines from the Niagara region. Their line of upscale wines embody a “fruit-forward flavour” but at the same time, are very affordable ($12 and up!).

So the next time you settle in to enjoy a glass of wine, try these tips from OPEN Wines to really soak up the tasting experience:

 

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Wine Tasting at Muskoka Lakes Winery

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One of my must-stops in the summer is Muskoka Lakes Winery on The Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala, Ontario where I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon tasting some exquisite fruit wine. They’ve recently added an outdoor patio, where they serve wine by the glass and a seasonal Ontario cheese plate – in case you want to linger (you will).

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If you like a sweet summer beverage, I recommend trading in those terrible wine coolers and trade-up for a delicious bottle of Cranberry Blueberry Wine. Just think of all the antioxidants when you are pouring yourself that second glass… am I right? (more…)