By: Melanie Lloyd REVIEW: This straw coloured crémant has delicate aromas of baked apple, crème brûlée, freshly baked bread, citrus, and almond. It is medium bodied and creamy on the palate, with flavours of lemon, baked pie crust, and almond at the finish. Tasted October 2018 WINE-FOOD PAIRING: Great on its own, with pan-seared fish,… Read More Bouvet Excellence Brut Crémant de Loire
REVIEW This Pinot Noir from Oregon has a beautiful ruby colour in the glass. It is elegant and fragrant with aromas of plum and sour cherry, along with delicate floral notes, subtle underwood, earthy beets, leather, and sweet spice. On the palate, it is light bodied with silky tannins and flavours of sour cherry,… Read More Primarius Pinot Noir 2015
REVIEW Straw coloured with delicate bubbles. Aromas of baked pear, apple pie, biscuit, and spearmint. Flavours of baked apple, biscuit, citrus, and mint with a bitter and lingering nutty finish. Medium bodied and very creamy on the palate. Tasted October 2018 Wine-Food Pairing: Enjoyable on its own, with fried chicken, or with other salty fried food.… Read More Wolfberger Crémant d’Alsace Brut
By Melanie Lloyd I recently had a lunch date at Bite Burger House, located at 108 Murray Street in downtown Ottawa. The ambiance was cozy and laid back. The service was friendly and the food was savoury and succulent. I ordered the Double Bite Me, which is a juicy double beef patty served with double… Read More Bite Burger House Makes A Tasty Burger
REVIEW When I first tried this wine, I ran back to the LCBO to get more bottles. I enjoyed it very much. This full-bodied Corsica Syrah has dark fruit aromas with violet, subtle wood, vanilla, and just a hint of sharp cheese but not in a negative way. On the palate, it has velvety tannins… Read More M XX270 Syrah 2015
REVIEW This Chianti Classico is fruit forward with aromas of blueberry, cassis, blackberry, cherry, and red berries. In addition to fruit on the nose, it also has cinnamon, floral notes, earthy beets, and chocolate. On the palate, it is medium bodied with silky tannins. The flavours are of dark berries and dark chocolate. The floral… Read More Castello Di Albola Chianti Classico 2013
As the weather drops, nothing sooths the soul like comfort food and a yummy glass of wine. Here are my recommendations on wine to pair with some of my favourite comfort meals. MAC AND CHEESE Give me ooey gooey macaroni and cheese on a crisp day. Mine includes old Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Swiss. I always… Read More What Wine to Drink With Comfort Food!
By Melanie Lloyd I recently had the opportunity to interview Jan-Daniel Etter of Vignoble Clos du Vully located in Navan. Jan-Daniel is passionate about winemaking, full of life, and articulate. As I was interviewing him, I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful guest he would make on any television or radio show. Listening to… Read More Interview with Jan-Daniel Etter of Clos du Vully
By Melanie Lloyd Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to sample wine from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through a couple of tastings and a wine expo. This blog will focus on red wine and is simply a starting point to the many wines from the area. A special shout out goes to Donna… Read More Red Wine from Ottawa-Gatineau: Embracing the Uniqueness
By Melanie Lloyd The joys of going to the Sugar Bush and visiting the various Sugar Shacks or Cabanes à Sucre as we French Canadians call them. Make a fun day out of it to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring. Maple syrup is rich in our Canadian heritage, brought to us… Read More Maple Syrup and Drinks? Yessss!