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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.
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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!

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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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Aging Your Wine – How Does it Work?

“Wait, you’re saying that my wine can get even better?!” Well, yes, in some circumstances your wine can get better! As the old saying goes, some things get better with age. This is true for a small variety of wines. Some wine can be aged from five to ten years, and some even 20 years or more! So, how do we begin aging our wine? Well, let’s find out!
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Everyday Uses for Wine You Didn’t Expect!

Do you have some leftover wine? If it’s a great bottle, we don’t blame you if it’s empty, but we can all relate to the pain that comes from pouring unused or spoiled wine down the drain. So, what would you say if we told you that there are everyday uses for spoiled or leftover wine around the house? That way, your money can go to good use and no wine is wasted! It’s a win-win situation.
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Are Aerators and Decanters Effective?

Wine lovers of all tastes have one thing in common: their appreciation for a fine wine. From the most experienced wine sommeliers to those who are new to the world of wine; we are on the same journey, which is to find the best tasting wine and then enjoy it for many years to come. Many find that a sure-fire way to enhance the overall experience is to use either a decanter or an aerator, or a combination of the two. These tools can help stimulate and speed along the oxidation processes, while filtering sediment from the glass. But, do these tools really work? Let’s find out.

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