Food & Drink

The plush Douro Valley of Portugal.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

Warming Up For Port Wine Day 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – I do not wish to pat myself on the back but this is this the third year in succession I have been…


Te-Awa Winery

Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

(TORONTO, ON) – Yes, another free sample was delivered to my door today. Dylan the Westie is a mere 20 pounds, but barks up a…



The Muscedere vineyard was not atypical of the vines in Lake Erie North Shore. Photo by Robert Stephen.

A Distinctively Unimpressive Wine

(TORONTO, ON) – When you write about wine and have guests coming over for dinner you find your mind turning into a bit of a…


CREW vineyard grapes wine

Some Magnotta VQAs

(TORONTO, ON) – Magnotta seems to display an abundance of plonk and “international cellared” blends. I’d rather cut through the crap and see what VQAs…


Caesars-Windsor

Ariius Rewarded With BBN Designation

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Best Bar None Ontario is an industry-led, international accreditation and awards program which rewards excellence amongst responsible liquor sales licensees and…


Zucchini roll-ups feature three different cheeses.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Eat Your City

(WINDSOR, ON) – It’s time to celebrate local restaurants. Eat Your City is a summer celebration showcasing the diverse cuisine Windsor and Essex County has…


A display of local Essex County wines is seen at the LCBO in this file photo from 1 February 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

VQA Ontario Releases Annual Report

(TORONTO, ON) – Of course annual reports aren’t exactly great and exciting reading, unless of you have a stake in the corporation which is issuing…


Chicken Caesar salad served with freshly grated parmesan cheese.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

I Am An Anti-Foodie Foodie

(TORONTO, ON) – As a wine writer, I really enjoy getting invited to winemaker’s dinners, stemware producer’s dinners, and a whole host of events where…


The violin case leaning on the rear tire of an antique Ford at LaSalle’s combined Mac’s and Subway probably doesn't contain a violin.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

LaSalle Wins Bragging Rights

(LaSALLE, ON) – The opening of Detroit’s newest restaurant, oddly enough, gives LaSalle some eatery bragging rights. On July 5, Florida chain Ford’s Garage opened…