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Wayne Gretzky: A Legend in Hockey, Whisky, and Wine

Wayne Gretzky; a name hockey fans have known for decades is also a name increasingly noticed by many that have never seen him play. There is no doubt that Gretzky first received recognition and fame as a talented hockey player. But it is arguable that he is now appreciated for the award-winning Gretzky brand wines, newly constructed Wayne Gretzky Estates (WGE), the unique No. 99 Canadian Whisky, and his ongoing commitment through all of this to give back to the community. Wayne Gretzky is making his mark in Canada and across the world that will last longer than his hockey career ever could.
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Canadian Whisky Cocktails: 3 Ways to Get Your Whisky On!

Canadian whisky is a great thing, but how is it best enjoyed?  In my opinion, there are three primary ways to drink whisky: neat, on the rocks, or–my favourite–in a cocktail!  Enjoying whisky neat or on the rocks is a great way to appreciate the product in its purest form without the influence of other ingredients that are working to change the balance of the beverage.  When you’re looking for something more adventurous, whisky cocktails can taste earthy, sour, or sweet.  Here are three of my favourites!

Icewine: Niagara’s Natural Magic

When it comes to Icewine, nobody beats Niagara!  Icewine is a dessert wine style known for its extremely high level of natural sugar and for its intensity of flavour.  But how exactly is this sugary, highly focused wine achieved?  Let’s learn more about this exciting product and expose the natural magic behind Niagara’s Icewine.
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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to explore wine and chocolate pairing. When pairing wine with any food, not just with chocolate, there are some guidelines to follow.  To pair properly, more attention should be paid to the structural components of the wine than to its flavours.
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The Icewine Martini – Strong and Sweet

The Icewine Martini is a perfect combination of Vodka and Icewine. In years past, Icewine has been enjoyed on its own.  This year however, I want to pump up the Icewine with some vodka.  Commonly referred to as an “Icewine Martini”, this cocktail is both sweet and strong.

Top 4 Wine-Based Holiday Drink Recipes

It’s time for holiday parties and time spent with family. What would a cozy night by the fire in late December be without your favourite wine-based holiday drink? We’ve gathered our top four holiday drinks that can be easily crafted in under 10 minutes, all with help from your favourite Niagara wine! Let’s take a closer look!


Cooking with Wine – Tips from the Experts

The kitchen can truly be a magical place. It’s where family and friends come together to create meals that are true works of art. In saying that, you can create a true masterpiece by adding wine to certain dishes. Now, that doesn’t mean you can just throw in a splash of your favourite bottle of Niagara’s finest anywhere you please. Cooking with wine takes finesse. Let’s take a closer look at the best ways to cook with wine. Maybe you’ll find a new spin on your favourite recipe!
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Why Do Some Wines Cost So Much?

Everyone enjoys the satisfaction of a great deal! Buying wine is no different than anything else. We want the best product for the lowest price. In Ontario, a bottle of wine can sell for as little as under $10 or as much as several hundred dollars. So, why do some wines cost so much? The production of a bottle of wine involves many steps with many vested interests along the way. Each contributor must receive a level of compensation. They must cover their costs and make a profit to make their contribution worthwhile. (It’s business after all!) Put together the sum of these costs and you arrive at the price of a bottle of wine. Let’s look at some of the specific contributors to cost. We’ll also illustrate some of the differences between a wine with a high price point and a low price point.
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Holiday Pairings for the Perfect Meal!

If your family is anything like mine, wine and Winter Holidays go hand-in-hand. In fact, sometimes the wine is more important than the presents! Holiday Pairings give you a perfect opportunity to share your favourite wine finds from the year with family and friends, and a great time to indulge in some of the best that Ontario has to offer.

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