Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table

By: Melanie Lloyd For well over a decade, Jacobsons Gourmet Concept has been my favourite specialty food shop in Ottawa. Located in New Edinburgh, this store offers lots of charm and brightness. It has friendly and knowledgeable staff and offers a great selection of delectable goodies and delicacies, not to forget their outstanding cheese bar. Their… Read More Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table

Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company

By: Melanie Lloyd A week and a half ago, I attended Outstanding in Their Fields, the Taste and Buy event hosted by Savvy Wine Company at Ottawa City Hall. It was an opportunity to sample Ontario wine while chatting with winemakers from across the province. Ottawa City Hall offered a perfect venue for this event. There was… Read More Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company

Marquette 101: Discovering this Cold-Hardy Grape

By: Melanie Lloyd Never heard of Marquette? You are not the only one. This young grape variety may not be well-known but is steadily gaining popularity.   WHY IS IT NOT MORE KNOWN? First off, Marquette is a hybrid grape. Unfortunately, hybrid grapes can be tricky to get recognition within the wine industry. In Ontario, for example,… Read More Marquette 101: Discovering this Cold-Hardy Grape

February Vintages Release! What’s Hot!!!

By Melanie Lloyd Last month, I sampled a selection of wines from both of the LCBO’s February Vintages releases. Here are my top five! Number 1: Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend LCBO price: $69.95 This wine is simply wow!!! A keeper for your wine cellar. It is beautifully complex and absolutely marvelous.… Read More February Vintages Release! What’s Hot!!!