Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.

What a fine experience it was to have a vertical tasting of Sablet wines all the way back to 1990 here in Sablet. And great to meet Jean Autran from Domaine de Piaugier. Outstanding wines of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Rustic yet elegant, rich, yet sometimes delicate.  Sensuous flavours in the glass. Sablet is aContinue reading “Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.”

Whisky 101 – an introduction to whisky. The basics explained.

Whisky (or Whiskey if we’re talking about the US or Irish version), is one of the best ways I know to savour an incredibly interesting spirit and enter a beautiful state of relaxation. Whether it’s an evening by the fireplace or a social gathering with friends, this is one sure way to enhance your evening.Continue reading “Whisky 101 – an introduction to whisky. The basics explained.”

2010 Petit Toumilon, Graves. At 16.95 you get an outstanding wine & a great vintage

Château Toumilon has been in the family for three centuries. This is their second wine. Lovely notes of cassis, cedar, spice and leather. Very balanced and gentle on the palate, much like a more expensive Bordeaux. Superb value from a landmark vintage of the appellation of Graves, with its gravelly terroir and amazing history. InContinue reading “2010 Petit Toumilon, Graves. At 16.95 you get an outstanding wine & a great vintage”

Fantastic wine & BBQ pairings @briarsresort last night. Good times on Lake Simcoe

Passing the mike to Proprietor Hugh Sibbald. I’d just described the latest wine and food pairing, and then Hugh told one of his many informative, historical, and humorous stories of the evening. We featured Viewpointe pinot grigio barrel fermented chardonnay, big bluff red wine blends, and auxerrois. The grilled salmon, halibut, Ontario lamb, and otherContinue reading “Fantastic wine & BBQ pairings @briarsresort last night. Good times on Lake Simcoe”

A visit to Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

We were in Bermuda for a family wedding. The historic semi-tropical paradise was the perfect place to be for the happy occassion and was just perfect for relaxing, exploring and hitting the beach. Bermuda has many treasures. And one of the gems we’d heard of from artist Chris Bacon was Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.Continue reading “A visit to Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art”

Wonderful post-wedding dinner at Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Here’s the traditional Bermuda wedding cakes they made for our wedding party.

          Tucker’s Point is the pinnacle of dining, spa and places to stay in Bermuda. See http://tuckerspoint.com for more.

Experience a piece of Bermuda through a Dark ‘n Stormy, their national cocktail #recipe

Pour 6 oz ginger beer (either Barritts or Gosling’s brand) into a tall glass filled with ice and float 2 oz of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum on top. Stir until it looks like storm cloud. Optional garnish: lime wedge. The Dark ‘n Stormy is trademarked by Gosling’s, so be sure to use real Gosling’s Rum.Continue reading “Experience a piece of Bermuda through a Dark ‘n Stormy, their national cocktail #recipe”