Wine of the Week #1543: Penny’s Hill “Cracking Black” Shiraz
94/100 Points: “A picture-perfect example of medium-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz from an impressive vintage; blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice engage the palate from the first sip; has very good length and balance.”
Delicious Crab Recipes & 4 Decadent Wine Pairings
I love lobster, but I lust after crab. There may be no more rewarding or decadent delicacy anywhere in the world of food, for all it’s rich and opulent texture and sweet, mild and satisfying flavour, crab is one of the world’s great culinary vehicles. I choose this description carefully, as crab lends itself to be both treatment and process, and delivers an incredible variety of eating experiences depending on how it has been handled.
Spot Offer #117: Mr Riggs “Cold Chalk” Chardonnay
94/100 Points: “Long and lively; packed with fruit concentration, citrus purity and white flowers. Green melon, smooth nutty oak, with hints of vanilla, build palate weight, nuances of spice, and other textural components. Good minerality and sour acidity pulses throughout the finish.”
5 Classic French Bistro Recipes & Perfect Wine Picks
Bistros are a Parisian phenomenon, which over time have come to appear around the globe – and are known for serving fresh, simple and rustic foods that have gained popularity…
Wine of the Week #1542: Mr Riggs Tempranillo
94/100 Points: “Silky smooth with just enough attitude to set it apart. Flavours are in the cherry-plum and cola realm, though notes of peppercorn and chocolate, as modest as they are, are important aspects of the wine’s personality. Ultra fine-grained tannin, edges of mineral and finesse through the finish are all quality markers. Medium-weight but it h has presence.”
Spot Offer #116: Chateau l’Argenteyre Medoc
90/100 Points: ““Coffee, smoke, pencil led and toasty oak swirl around black fruit and a pleasant bitter, tannic grip in this robust red wine. Decant 1-2 hours and serve with filet for optimum pleasure. This AC wine finishes with vanilla smoke and cassis. Perfect with steak. A strong vintage for even Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux wines.”
Ooey, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy & Cheesy – Best Mac ‘n Cheese Recipes
If there’s a dish out there more reminiscent of a warm hug on a cold day than a big old bowl of mac ‘n cheese, I sure haven’t eaten it. Finding ways to introduce new, creative and bold flavours is a fabulous way to put a modern spin on classic comfort dishes like mac ‘n cheese. Whether it’s by going beyond the typical cheddar and incorporating other cheeses, or by adding big bold flavours like bacon, roasted vegetables or fresh herbs, elevating a humble favourite into something special only requires a sprinkle of imagination and a dash of creativity.
Wine of the Week #1541: Emilio Lustau Rare Amontillado “Escuadrilla”
93/100 Points: “How lovely. Amber-coloured and silky, this is technically dry but with a faint trace of sweetness. Imagine toasted hazelnuts, caramel and orange peel energized by a salty tang, with a long, harmonious finish.” (Beppi Crosariol / Globe & Mail)
Our 5 Favourite #MeatlessMonday Recipes & Wine Picks
While the hashtag part of the #MeatlessMonday moniker is certainly a more recent addition, the origin on of the concept itself actually goes back to WWI where – along with…
Wine of the Week #1536: The Ultimate Noodle Wine – Under $13!
90/100 Points (Gord Stimmell – Toronto Star) “Some Gewürztraminers are over the top with screaming lychee and rose petals. But this, while full of subtle floral notes, seduces the palate with slightly sweet complexity. Joseph Drathen 2013 Gewürztraminer Kabinett: Honeydew melon, mild lychee nut, honeycomb and lime sorbet aromas tantalize, while off-dry flavours dish up jasmine, clover blossom and quince with a lemon tart finish.”