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Wine & DrinksWelcome to our section on Wine and Drinks! We provide information about Wines and Drinks not only in Canada, but all over the world.

  Canada has been making wine for over 2 centuries now and the wine industry has been expanding rapidly for the last couple of decades. Canada has been challenging worldwide producers and establishing Canada as a wine country beyond Icewine.

At first, wine was brought into Canada with the first settlers. The first wineries were predominantly established by Italian and German immigrants. Today, Canada has over 400 wineries in 9 provinces and the industry has been consistently growing for the last two decades. In 2002/2003 alone, sales of Canadian red wine rose over 15% the previous years.

We are here to provide you with all the information about wine, wineries, vineyards and much more. We are here to help you to choose wine that suits your taste.

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Ordering Wine Made Easy

Ordering Wine Made Easy

When dining out at a nice restaurant, one thing that can truly compliment your dinner is a good wine. For some people ordering a bottle of wine without thinking too long can be a very simple task. For the others, it can be a long and difficult ordeal. However, it might not as difficult as you might think. If you follow several simple rules and ask for a little help choosing a bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner can be positively easy.

Wine lists in good restaurants can be pages long and if you are a new wine drinker they can be truly overwhelming. If you know in advance the restaurant you are visiting, you can check their wine list on line before you actually get there. Make a little research about the wines which are on the list and make it you chance to impress a group of friends or a date. Another option which can save you from reading the wine list is bringing your own bottle. This is generally allowed. However, it is still a good idea to check in advance. And you still have to know the basic rules of food-wine pairing. It would be unwise to bring a bottle of a full-bodied red wine to the fish and seafood restaurant, because the wine will not compliment the food and the food will spoil the wine experience.

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How to choose an Italian wine

How to Choose an Italian Wine

(NC)—If selecting just the right wine for a special occasion involves more for you than the colour, sugar content and price, it's worth studying the label coding from region to region. On Valentine's Day, for example, or when planning a cozy date with your sweetheart, the romantic wines of Italy have much to teach us.

“Appellations are reviewed by government experts and their findings are coded on the bottles,” says Ivano Reali, managing director at Gabbiano, a leading vintner in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. “The higher the rating, the more details you see on the label which is valuable information before the purchase.”

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Wines in Cooking
Sometimes people seem to forget that wine is not just a drink, but also a widely used cooking ingredient. Ask a chief at any restaurant and he or she will come up with at lease a dozen of recipes which has wine listed among the main ingredients. Particularly often wines are used for sauces and marinades, but not exclusively. Here are few recipes for you to try:
  • Swiss Fondue

Ingredients:
150g dry white wine, 225g Swiss cheese, pinch of white pepper and nutmeg

Directions:
Pour the wine into the fondue pot, add cheese, pepper and nutmeg. Stir until boiling.

  • Sauce for lamb

Ingredients:
175g blackcurrant jam, 2-3 tbsp port wine

Directions:
Melt the jam in a saucepan, add port wine. Leave in the fridge for the night

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The Wine Doctor's Tips

  Edward Finstein offers 7 Golden Tips to Drinking Better for Less

 It's always been my belief that, in life, one gets what one pays for. Be it a car, sweater, suit, vacuum cleaner, etc., quality costs more. The same could easily apply to wine. However, knowing what to look for on labels can increase the odds of picking up some decent wines without breaking the bank. Here are the Wine Doctor's 7 golden tips to drinking better for less.

1) Focus, focus focus. The more focus on a wine label, generally the better the quality. In other words, wine from a specific region will usually be better than one from the entire country (table wine). The table wine category for most wine countries has very loose stipulations about what goes in the bottle. In fact, it may even contain wine from other countries, as long as the minimal percentage of the hosting country's product is in there. If it comes from a specific village, it will usually shadow a regional selection as all the fruit that goes into the wine must come from the stated village. The best wines, regardless of price, come from the fruit of one property or vineyard. Look for the words 'chateau' or 'domain' on the bottle. At any price level and in all wine countries' wines, this applies.

2) Varietal Labelling. Varietally labelled wines usually represent fairly good drinking at reasonable prices. Here, the name of the grape variety is stated on the label. Although wine regions around the world differ with regard to regulations denoting what percentage of the stated grape has to be present in the wine to wear its name on the label, it's usually pretty high. Furthermore, you know basically what you are getting and are guaranteed certain pleasure.

3) Vintage-dating. With focus in mind, try choosing wines that have a vintage date on the bottle. This is the year the grapes were grown, harvested and made into wine. Without a year on the bottle, the wine could be a blend of fruit from several years and probably not as good. With the exception of Non-Vintage Champagne and perhaps one or two other offerings, any wine that has no year on the bottle is usually inferior and made like a recipe to always come up with the same taste. The benefit to vintage-dating in wine is that every year produces different quality of grapes and this is reflected in the vintage wine's flavour and structure.

4) Quality designations. Each wine country has some sort of quality classification system. Although they vary in how many sub-levels they have, most possess a three tier system. At the bottom of quality level is usually 'Table wine'- simple often poor quality. Next up would be some sort of 'Table Wine with a geographical description' - from a specific place and often containing some real gems. Finally, there is a Quality Wine category that is usually regulated by an authority that controls everything from grape growing and wine making to labelling and packaging. France has AOC, Italy has DOC/DOCG and Canada has VQA. It's simply a rating system of quality levels.

5) Producers. Certain wine producers the world over have a great reputation for making decent product, regardless of the vintage year or quality level. Knowing who some of these folks are can aid in ensuring that if you purchase one of their wines, you will not be too disappointed. Pick up any wine magazine and leaf through it. It won't take long to see who the reliable producers are. Alternately, take a walk through your local liquor store and examine labels. The predominant producer names will pop out.

6) Vintage Charts. Make use of vintage charts when purchasing wine. As mentioned earlier, vintage-dated wines reflect the particular growing season of the grapes that went into producing that wine. Some years are better than others. By simply picking wines from a better vintage, the quality is bound to be superior. Vintage charts rate the quality of each year's grape harvest and ultimately the finished wine. These charts, which are broken down into regions, are usually available free from countries' trade commissions and wine societies.

7) Wine knowledge. Finally, nothing can replace basic wine knowledge. A good, basic wine course can provide you with a lifetime of worthwhile information when it comes to purchasing product. For example, there are certain countries and regions within that still represent great value in their wines simply because they are lesser known, unclassified or are produced utilizing less expensive labour. I don't think anyone can argue with the quality/value coming out of South American countries like Chile and Argentina. The Balkan countries of Hungary and Bulgaria deliver some good drinking enjoyment at very honest prices. Portugal has some wonderful, inexpensive, decent quality wines. Even Greece offers some real winners today. By carefully shopping some of the big-named areas of specific countries' wine regions (especially in France), you can find many lesser known, yet tasty selections. In fact, many possess similar characteristics to the big guns, without the notoriety and price. French country wines from the south of France are always a good bet.


Tipping in RestaurantsEdward Finstein

Renown wine writer, award-winning author, TV host, international wine judge, wine educator, lecturer, appraiser and consultant.
The Wine Doctor
71 Fenwood Heights
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M1M 2W1
Phone/Fax: (416) 261-0855

E-mail:wineknow@globalserve.net


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