Grass Fed Milk

Matthew von Teichmann has the peculiar distinction of being a lactose-intolerant dairy man. Or at least he was lactose intolerant, he says, until he began drinking milk from grass fed cows. That personal revelation, and a sharp eye for business led the man, who the Globe and Mail calls a...

Gourmet Games

Join Master of Ceremonies Bob Blumer for the second annual Gourmet Games, Toronto’s Premier Food and Wine Experience, October 2,  featuring top chefs Chris McDonald (Cava), Lorenzo Loseto (George) and Paul Bennalick (Cluny Bistro). As the show’s producer, we at Azureau Wines and...

On Scottish Food

What with the campaign for Scottish independence receiving an absolute drubbing at the polls, leaving much of the widespread Scots diaspora crying into their pints, I felt that perhaps the best way to lift the spirits would be to take a lighthearted look at Scottish food along with a couple...

Carpineto

Antonio Michael Zaccheo Jr. was in town recently to promote the wines of Carpineto, the Tuscan house founded by his father and partner Giovanni Sacchet. Carpineto makes wine across Tuscany, with wineries and vineyards in Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Maremma. When I met him last...

Volcanic Chile

Jason Woodman and Woodman Wines & Spirits recently hosted an intimate tasting and lunch at the Spoke Club featuring the wines of Bodega Volcanes de Chile and its wine maker Pilar Diaz. Jamie’s video interview with Pilar Diaz is below, wherein she describes her ingenius project to...

Shape Shift opens at...

Fabric Dye on handmade Japanese paper! Oil in glass! Ink on plaster! October will be one of the most exciting months for art  at Closson Chase. Please join us for the opening of Shape Shift and enjoy a sample of our spectacular wine. Date: Sunday October 5 Time: 1 pm to 4 pm Featured Artists:...

An Alsace 101

Nestled between the protective Vosges Mountain Range to the west and the Rhine, Europe’s longest river to the east is France’s Alsace wine region.  A colourful region of medieval villages dotted with brightly painted houses, it is home to some of the world’s most exceptional white...

Radio Boka is $11 Sep12

Radio Boka is $11

Here’s a secret held among wine writers: when we huddle around a tasting table in some cellar, and the winemaker steps out of the room, we often whisper to each other that we much prefer the basic (cheaper) wine to the more expensive ‘Reserve’ one we’ve just tasted....

Nossiter Naturally

Filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter was in town this week to show his new documentary, Natural Resistance at TIFF. He spoke about the movie, which tells the story of a group of Italian natural winemakers, to a mix crowd of journalists and fans at an event at The Italian Cultural Institute on Tuesday....

Call To Farms!

The next Call to Farms is coming up quickly on September the 22nd and tickets are almost sold out! There’s tons of beautiful and interesting items growing at Soiled Reputation and we’re excited to showcase Antony and Tina’s wonderful produce. We’re planning...

Charles Baker Special Edition Sep12

Charles Baker Specia...

This weekend sees a small LCBO release of Charles Baker‘s delicious 2011 Picone Vineyard Riesling. This special edition bottling has a the vintage stamped in a pink font to indicate that proceeds from the sales of this wine will go towards Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, a...

Mr. Flamingo

  It’s been some time since I last put together a wine list. In fact, now I think about it, it has been a hell of a long time. After almost six years at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar I honestly felt that I had done as much as I could ever do with regards to managing wine programs, and so...

ATB BDAY PARTY

You’re invited! It’s been t hirty years of All The Best breads, cheeses and more, and we’re celebrating throughout September. We invite all the All The Best customers and friends to join us for our 30th anniversary party in store at 1101 Yonge Street on Saturday, September 20th,...

Stephanie Guth

In the second of a seventh (and wildly popular) series, we interview some of the most talented up-and-coming Sommeliers in Ontario and occasionally elsewhere. A few years back I was flicking through the pages of a locally published periodical and noticed that when it came to Sommeliers it...

Loka Snacks Pop-Up

Loka Snacks first pop-up! Saturday, September 13, 2014 Hi-Lo Bar 753 Queen St. East, Toronto (416) 551-3459 Loka Snacks is a new pop-up snack bar opening in the back of one of the east end’s most popular bars – Hi-Lo. The concept is a simple menu of great bar snacks prepared simply...

Discover Creemore

North of Orangeville, but an hour from Toronto, lies a little town that’s home to a big brewery and a lot of local flavour.  Creemore is the hometown of the brewery with the same name — and it’s annual Copper Kettle Festival — but also home to a slew of wicked restaurants, boutique...

460 Casina Bric

Casina Bric tranlsates, from the Piedmontese dialect, to something like little house on the hill, which is as physically accurate as can be, but belies the great spirit of its wines and owner, Gianluca Viberti. The full name of the winery in Barolo 460 Casina Bric alludes in metres to the...

1946 PX

In the September 4 CLASSICS online release, we’re offering a very special wine to share with you. It’s an unusual wine for many reasons. For one, it’s 68 years old. Secondly, it received a perfect score of 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Needless to say,...

Oktoberfest Pack Sep05

Oktoberfest Pack

A sneak peak of our Beau’s All Natural’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations is rolling out onto LCBO shelves across the province today, as the Eastern Ontario craft brewery launches a limited-edition 4-pack of German-inspired beers brewed for their festival this fall. The mix pack, which...

Volcanic Red for $11 Sep05

Volcanic Red for $11

2012 Bodegas Volcanes de Chile “Summit Reserva” Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Rapel Valley, Chile – LCBO $10.95 As summer turns the corner to autumn/fall, it is always a pleasure to discover a red wine that is well-crafted, pleasantly structured, works well with the foods of the...

Barry INNvasion

No, it’s not a typo in the title of the post: Victor Barry stars in the new Cottage Life TV show Dining INNvasion premiering tonight, September 5th. Regular GFR readers will recognize Barry as the chef and owner of Splendido, one of Toronto’s very top end fine dining restaurants,...

Jay Scaife

A little further along Dundas West, a block and a half west of Dufferin, lies a small, unassuming boîte named Cafe Bar Pasta. Going on name alone, it would be easy to overlook this spot as just another Italian joint, but on closer inspection this would be a huge mistake. The devil is very...

Think Terroir Tour

  The Ontario Organic Road Show, a project of the Organic Council of Ontario, rolls into Southbrook Vineyards on Sunday September 14th. Join us from 1 to 6 p.m for a sampling fair of Organic Food and Wine, and a Farm Tour highlighting Southbrook’s organic and biodynamic farming...

Rotgipfler

Forever the champions of obscenely obscure varietals, the Rotgipfler has long been a favourite of ours, and one that you’d been extremely hard-pushed to find in our market on a good day. A cursory LCBO product search turns up exactly… nada. LCBO buyers would probably argue that...

Discover Wellington

Just west of Toronto, you’ll find Wellington County — a veritable locavore playground just waiting to be explored.  Wellington is home to Guelph, Fergus, Minto and possibly Ontario’s best kept edible treasure: Elora. Amongst the pastures and heirloom vegetable farms, you’ll find...

Wijn Reformatie

Wine and Art is an ongoing GFR series on the relationship between the two creative endeavours by working artist and author Lorette C. Luzajic. I can’t imagine that 17th century Dutch wine was all that good, but Johannes Vermeer is a magician. He is able to tempt us to the table with his...

On The Road

We are extremely excited to announce our first of a series of Up Close & Personal ‘On the Road’ adventures. In the laid-back, non-formal, rip-roaring-good-time style of our Up Close & Personal restaurant sessions, we are hitting the road to visit some of our favourite Ontario...

Brie Pasta

In 2007 Sheila Lukins and Julie Rosso visited Toronto as part of a promotional tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Silver Palate Cookbook. Meeting the two authors was a big deal for me. I was just over two years into my new career as a food journalist and internet publisher and not...

Schiopetto Release

In this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, you will find three wines of ours that will help you celebrate this wonderful Labour Day weekend. All three wines will require chilling, which works out since this weekend’s weather forecast is hot hot hot!! Two wines on offer are from Italian...

Beer Bummer

The Foodie’s Beer Book: The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion By Brooke Fedora and Luther Fedora (Skyhorse Publishing) Having recently enjoyed (and then written about) David Ort’s Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, I was curious to explore a similarly themed book from...