Much of the wine pouring into ancient Egypt was exported from ancient Canaan and made in Israel. however, it was so bad and oxidized that it was regularly sweetened and seasoned with different additives like juniper berries or peppers. mostly commonly added was honey – hence the term ‘honeyed wine’. The result of this was … More Ancient Wine – was it worth drinking?
We had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual Winter Brewfest here in Toronto this past weekend . Not knowing much about the event, we attended with no expectations and only what the website had advertised. “For a second year, lovers of craft beer are invited to inside Enercare Centre’s Heritage Court at Exhibition Place … More Toronto Annual Winter Brewfest : Review
Nestled in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada – Silversmith Brewing named the ‘Hill 145’ Golden Ale in celebration and gratitude to those Canadians forces who served the battle of Vimy Ridge in the first world war. Sitting at 4% ABV, this brew is also unfiltered and unpasteurized. Appearance: Golden straw in color with brilliant clarity. A persistent … More Silversmith – Hill 145 Golden Ale
Launched almost 30 years ago, the undeniably successful Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale has a very distinctive character and unique taste, symbolized by the very recognizable pink elephant on a ceramic looking bottle. In 1998 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago Delirium Tremens received a gold medal and the title of ‘best beer in … More Delirium Tremens – Belgium Strong Ale
Traditional Concepts in tasting stipulate that we have 4 styles of sensory receptors on our tongue which are specifically located in different places – more current discussion has a hard time believing that the human tongue is so strictly mapped but will agree on what sensations are being tasted. Our sense of taste is perceived … More Concepts in Tasting – how & why we can taste & smell.
2010 Rare Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon VQA, Coyote’s Run from Forty Mile Creek (Niagara Region), Ontario – I have been holding this one for the right situation and yesterdays Valentine’s Day stake dinner was perfectly paired. Canada (Ontario especially) doesn’t have the best conditions to produce fuller reds but every so often there comes an exceptional … More 2010 Rare Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon – Coyote’s Run
It has become a natural reaction in most cultures to ‘toast’ with others when there are drinks involved. Have you ever wondered why we do this? Traditionally the reason to ‘toast’ before drinking signifies a wish of good health and appreciation of great company. Historically the poisoning of a rivals wine was a preferred … More Cheers! – to why we ‘Toast’.
Well who knew Ontario could make Sake! IZUMI of the North is the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company and the 1st Ontario Sake Brewery (the only one from my understanding). I happen to discover them this past week while enjoying a stroll through the Toronto Distillery District. Nestled in the cobble streets of this historic … More NAMA NAMA – IZUMI of the North. Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
Valentine’s day has become as much of a big deal as any other major holiday. Whether or not you plan on celebrating February 14, you can’t help to notice the scramble of people organizing the day’s events as it quickly approaches. If you are planning to treat your significant other then look no further friends … More Great beverage related activities for Valentine’s Day!
No matter what someone tells me, I am a firm believer that wine is subjective. I will agree and understand that there are associations and organizations in place that taste and determine which wines are awarded better than others, but ultimately it does come down to personal preference. These few listed steps in tasting wine … More Like what you’re drinking? 4 simple steps in tasting wine.