94pt Grüner

In the current CLASSICS online release, we have another very special wine to share with you, this time from Austria. It’s a seven year old, single vineyard Grüner Veltliner from one of Austria’s top producers, Fred Loimer, and from one of Austria’s most famous vineyards...

Tawsegiving

Give thanks this year with a variety of crowd-pleasing wines from Tawse Winery. We’ve selected the best of the best – three wines (6 bottles) that will keep your guests sipping happily and pair well with all your favorite holiday dishes. We’ll even deliver free of charge....

Provender

Caithrin Rintoul, or as he prefers ‘Cai’, is on a mission to communicate with all the farms in Canada. “The internet has yet to index farms,” he explains, adding that while the digital revolution has been rampant in the nation’s cities many rural areas are just...

Borealia

What with it feeling as if another new cookie-cutter independent restaurant is opening every three and a half hours these days, it really is damn refreshing to see a young entrepreneurial couple like Wayne and Evelyn Wu Morris, both very much enthused and up ready to bat for a dining concept...

MILES JONES @ ASCARI

Miles Jones is a Canadian hip hop/soul musician. He founded Mojo Records and Publishing in 2004 to provide an outlet for artists, producers and Dj’s to produce and publish audio works. Miles career began with a solo album he released in 2006 release which was his University thesis project...

Live From Beau’...

In a very first for Good Food Revolution we present a Live Blog to report upon every moment of the weekend-long celebration of good beer and all things Bavarian that is Beau’s Oktoberfest. If we can get things working smoothly you can expect regular updates from GFR’s Jamie...

Azureau Midnight Tas...

Announcing the 2014 Azureau Wines & Spirits Portfolio Tasting FOR MEMBERS OF THE RESTAURANT TRADE ONLY RSVP at www.azureau.com/azureau-trade-rsvp.html What Tasting of Azureau’s wines from Spain, Argentina, California, Italy, Chile, and South Africa When Thursday, October 2 from...

Five Wine Terms

Five Wine Terms That Get Me Every Time – by Dan Rabinovitch As a wine agent with over a decade of experience, I get regular proposals to for Azureau to represent wineries in Ontario. Catchy email headers vie for my attention with claims of everything from “CHEAP WINE” to “small,...

Lug Tread Wins Gold Sep26

Lug Tread Wins Gold

We’ll be will be making room on our wall of honours for seven new awards and accolades this week. With the addition of these new awards, our brewery brings to 74 the total of awards we’ve won since 2006. On September 17 the annual Golden Taps Awards were held in Toronto, honouring the...

Feast ON

Rebecca LeHeup is the executive director of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, and is very excited about her organization’s new program to celebrate and encourage local food in the province’s restaurants: Feast ON. I met with the head of OCTA at Richmond Station in downtown...

Lacrima di Morro

The incredibly rare and ancient Lacrima di Morro d’Alba is a grape that divides the crowd, polarising like no other varietal, it is the wine world’s cilantro. People simply love it or hate it, and after that very first impression there is very little one can do to convince that...

Bacon Dates

For our All The Best 30th anniversary party in the Summerhill store last Saturday we revisited recipes for party snacks that were super popular in the 1980s. What a success! There were devilled eggs, mini pecan-coated chèvre cheese balls, avocado cream crostini topped with grilled...

The Mallet Story

Marine Biologist and Oyster Farmer André Mallet’s highly sought-after La St. Simon and La Mallet oysters can now be found all over North America, but it wasn’t always that way. We speak with André about his family’s history in oysters and how they got to where they are...

Bitter McLagan

James Beard and IACP award winning author Jennifer McLagan’s meticulously researched and jovially written cookbooks have before now distinctly carnivorous, with subjects (and eponymous titles) like Bones, Fat and Odd Bits. With her new cookbook, Bitter: a Taste of the World’s Most...

Dürnberg Grüner Sep25

Dürnberg Grüner

2011 Dürnberg Grüner Veltliner “Rabenstein”, Weinwertel DAC Reserve, Austria – LCBO Vintages $24.95 Hallelujah! I’ve been most happy to note that the LCBO is currently ordering quite a bit more of higher-end Austrian Grüner Veltliner. This is a truly splendid...

My Jura Journey

Almost six years ago when I was first served a glass of Vin Juane, I was told it would be unlike any other wine I had previously tasted. The strong yellow hued liquid in my glass was the first hint that this was something different. On the nose it was strong, nutty, immediately identified by...

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,...

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