Vini Pugliese

Puglia has more vineyards than any other region in Italy except Sicily, and produces a significant portion of some of Italy’s best olive oil.  That is because Puglia is the least mountainous of Italy’s 20 wine regions, with the vast majority of its vines on fertile flatlands in one of the...

Vaïla Rosé and Viole...

Introducing our 2013 Vaïla Rosé and
 2012 Syrah Cuvée Violette. Here at Le Vieux Pin Winery we have released two very special wines, just in time for summer. Severine Pinte, the winemaker used the Burgundian method of Saigneé (meaning to bleed) from free run juice of Pinot Noir grapes...

Todd Perrin In Strat...

This year Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has moved forward a couple of months to take advantage of the glorious summer weather, with celebrations taking place on July 19th and 20th. On Sunday the 19th of July at Noon on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage, Newfoundland Chef,...

Red White and Blues ...

Fans of Canadian blues will be treated to a fantastic late summer weekend at Red White and Blues in the County, featuring multi-Award-winning performers Soulstack, Steve Strongman, Jack de Keyzer and Al Lerman, Sept 12, 13 and 14. The weekend’s programming which includes fresh local food,...

Chef Chips Jun27

Chef Chips

I don’t know how most potato chip manufacturers come up with their “recipes”. I suspect it has a lot to do with white lab coats, the Periodic Table and beakers bubbling up with fog. At any rate, Peter and Chris, otherwise known as the Neal Brothers* have come up with a...

TSNM 2014

That great beacon of hope and innovation, The Stop Community Food Centre held it’s third annual Night Market on June 17 and 18. While Rebecca Feigelsohn covered the first one in 2012, and Jamie Drummond covered the second one last year, I had never been to what is becoming a late spring...

I4C Taste & Lear...

Join top winemakers on Saturday, July 19th to taste and learn about the rich world of Chardonnay all under one roof, accompanied by light fare from local food artisans. Drop in between 11am and 2:30pm to talk terroir with international and local winemakers, and sample Pingue Prosciutto,...

Steve Robinson

In the second of a sixth (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 was...

Southbrook in M&...

It’s always exciting to see Canadian wine being enjoyed outwith our country, and so it was simply fantastic to discover that the venerable UK retailer Marks and Spencer had ordered 500 cases of Southbrook‘s Cabernet Sauvignon. We spoke with Southbrook’s Bill Redelmeier about...

McNish in Stratford

  This year Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has moved forward a couple of months to take advantage of the glorious summer weather, with celebrations taking place on July 19th and 20th. On Saturday the 19th of July, at 3pm on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage, Vegan Chef ,...

Jeremy’s World

Jeremy Day, the dapper gentleman behind an extremely curious moustache, Cafe Taste Events, and his extraordinarily fun Ontario Wine Fair, just celebrated the occasion of their 7th annual event at the Drake One Fifty this Sunday past. It was a packed house that hot day, but the gorgeous...

Patio Saison Jun24

Patio Saison

Sun seekers and patio lovers have a refreshing summer ale from Beau’s All Natural Brewing to try out at LCBO’s and select restaurants and pubs across Ontario starting this week. Patio Saison, a 5.9% unfiltered Belgian-style ale, is satisfyingly both dry and refreshing. The beer offers...

Andrew King at Closs...

Mad Dog Gallery presents new artwork by Andrew King in the Gallery at Closson Chase Vineyards. This year’s theme focuses on the rum running era of the County during Prohibition in the 1920s. Of his work Andrew says, “I love movies, I love good cinematography and composition. I try to...

Ornellaia 2011

The Ornellaia 2011 ‘Infinito’ does not suck. At all. In fact the only trouble with the famous ‘Supertuscan’ wine, apart from being young, is that it might tempt certain food and wine writers to get used to tasting wines far out of their price point. (The 2010 Ornellaia...

Consider The Chicken

I place the blame for my ongoing obsession with chicken firmly at the feet of UK cookbook author Nigel Slater. Throughout my university years and beyond I had cooked the odd whole bird and sizzled up a few stirfrys, but it wasn’t until Slater drew my attention to how the chicken...

Doc Grieco

J. Charles Grieco, Chairman of the Ontario Hostelry Institute, was made an Honourary Doctor of Laws by the University of Guelph at its convocation ceremony on June 10. GFR readers will be familiar to his contributions to the development of the hospitality industry in Ontario, as both the...

Pride Cookies

A quick post to say that this week All The Best on Church Street is all dressed up and ready to join in the city’s celebrations  for World Pride (June 20-29). We’ve created hand decorated gingerbread pride cookies depicting World Pride flags, leather men, drag kings and queens, rainbow...

Noble Vintages

The LCBO Vintages release for June 21st will be showcasing a pair of wines from Noble Estates from one of my favourite regions, the Southern Rhone. Why is the Southern Rhone one of my “go to” regions? Well, it’s hard to give one answer because the Southern Rhone is such a fantastic...

Jonathan MacCalder

In the first of a sixth (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 was...

Beerology

Good Food Revolution first became aware of Ms. Beerology, Mirella Amato many a year ago, and we both vividly remember being most impressed by her knowledge, passion, and unique sense of mischievousness. All three of these qualities shine throughout the pages of her very first book, Beerology...

Wine This Sunday!

An exciting weekend for lovers of local wine and cheese as this Sunday the 22nd marks the 7th annual Ontario Wine Fair! Over 30 wine and cheese makers will be showcasing their wares at the Drake One Fifty from 1 PM until 6 PM, and unlike most wine events there are no drink tickets as this is...

Piedmont Lesson

The links between gastromomy and wine making are so numerous and tightly bound that I think they are sometimes obscured by their obviousness. “To see what’s in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle”, wrote George Orwell, and I think of that quote when I...

Shedden Heinrich

The month of June is one of the busiest for chefs, as event planners cram as many fundraisers as they can into the weeks before everyone takes off for the summer. Just ask Carl Heinrich. The Richmond Station co-owner and chef has an event just about every night next week (including The...

Chenin Revelation

The rewards of wine writing are rich and plentiful. They include tasting wines one could never have afforded, and visiting vineyards and meeting winemakers at home and abroad. They also include, for me, a glimpse into the fascinating (and intimidating) world of sommeliers and the top technical...

French Olive Oil

The following post is by viticulturist winemaker Severine Pinte and operations manager Mike Kosaka at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries in the Okanagan. Le Vieux Pin and La Stella are our first BC-based Good Food Fighters, and this piece on the French Olive Oil they import and sell at Le...

An Englishwoman In T...

A renaissance woman in so many ways, Charlotte Horton of Castello di Potentino was recently in town to speak at Terroir 2014 and spread the good word about her truly fascinating Tuscan wines. Through tasting her wines I came to understand why she feels so strongly about her property and the...

St. John’s in ...

A series of fortunate events found me accompanying my wife on an Air Canada direct flight from Pearson to St. John’s Newfoundland last Saturday afternoon. With some last minute scrambling, I managed to secure a few reservations or otherwise snaggle a table at some of that city’s...

Taste The Place

Join Southbrook Vineyards (www.southbrook.com) for its annual Taste the Place on June 14 and 15. This is an opportunity for wine lovers to experience the state-of-the art vineyard and the first Canadian certified organic and biodynamic winery. Owners, Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier, with the help...

Nebbiolo Prima

It’s Monday morning, and after a light breakfast of juice, coffee and some bread and butter, I sit down to get to work. Work it turns out, is a little different from my usual routine at the beginning of the week, as before me are five large wine glasses, a sheet of paper with a list of a...

East End Boys

I first came to know Chef John Sinopoli and Erik Joyal during my years at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar. As they had their ahead-of-its-time Izakaya restaurant just up the alley from us, I was often knocking on their restaurant’s backdoor to borrow chairs, glasses, and to have them help me...