Give Tokaj a Try

On October 23rd, The Tokaj Renaissance Tasting took place at Chez Victor at Hotel Le Germain here in Toronto. It was lead by Industry experts John Szabo (Master Sommelier) & Zoltan Szabo.

If you're not familiar Tokaj, it's a dessert wine made from shriveled grapes, known as a botrytis affected wine. It's a Hungarian gem and is available at the LCBO. The reneissance started in the early 90's as the country's privatization process begun. Tokaj has a long history and we're fortunate to have it available to us. Google Tokaj sometime. There are some fantastic old underground cellar systems worth seeing. I always find that Old world wines are much more exciting when the history is told. It's the same with Tokaj.

The tasting included 10 Tokajs and it was an academic, industry style tasting, which provided a sophisticated and educated experience. If you get the chance, give Tokaj a try!

New November City Bites Issue is out!

Includes Dining Guide - The Chefs to Watch...
Pick it up at your local gourmet store, or download the pdf of it at

New Oct. 27th VINTAGES Release: 'The Wine List'.

This issue focuses on wines perfect for entertaining."IT’S THE START OF THE YEAR’S BUSIEST SOCIAL SEASON. With autumn in full swing and the Holidays just around the corner, the entertaining season is upon us! ... This year, be ready with a pantry loaded with festive wines that have style to spare and are sure to please..." Pick VINTAGES up at your local LCBO or view it online at www.vintages.com. Make sure to get the eNewsletter or FREE Magazine delivery to your mailbox - you'll always be kept up to date on Vintages wine releases.

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo Media Launch
Oct 23rd was the show's launch. Billy Munnelly discussed the Tutored Tasting component of the Expo and highlighted us as being the new blood for the show. The Launch took place at Jacob's Steakhouse on Brant Street, which has gotten lots of buzz... The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is THIS month running November 15-18th. For more info please visit: www.foodandwineshow.ca

New Chilean Wine Festival Video Coming Soon!

Canadian Wine Renaissance
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon CBC's Archives of the 'Canadian Wine Renaissance' on cbc.ca. It includes radio and TV archives from 1958 all the way until 2003, giving insight into Canadian wine's past and future - perhaps we'll be in there soon with the CBC documenting one of our iYellow Wine Tours this summer? (To be broadcasted on CBC TV Spring 2008).

Nevertheless, the highlight for me was a 14 minute TV documentary called "Ziraldo's Zap" broadcasted January 1st, 1978. The documentary focuses on Inniskillin's President Donald Ziraldo and wine maker Karl Kaiser.

"As a winemaker, you know you have to give him (Karl Kaiser) more credit that you have to give someone in Europe. An Italian winemaker, if he takes grapes and throws them in a barrel, chances are the wine is going to turn out very good. In Canada you have to work at it." said Ziraldo.

Watch "Ziraldo's Zap" here.

Ziraldo, an Order of Canada recipient, forged the way for something big! In 1975 Inniskillin was granted the 1st winery license in Ontario since 1929. For more info on Donald please see his bio here.

Did you know?
www.icewine.com is a domain name of Inniskillin Winery - Of course, known for their icewines.