Happy Valentine’s! Why are chocolate and wine such good companions?

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When one only considers strictly the symbiosis of wine and chocolate, it is easy to conclude that there is little to suggest that they actually complement one another…other than to say that both have a somewhat “guilty pleasure” trait…and both are very desirably complex items over which wars have been fought!

The increasing lovers of wine and chocolate will tell you that this is a better match than wine and cheese. After all, cheese is made (mostly) with milk, and milk is the opposite of wine.

Try this: take a sip of wine (don’t let me twist your arm, now). Now, eat a piece of your favorite dark chocolate. Now Continue reading

Drinking Could Make You Smarter, Research Says

We know that wine can definitely make you merrier, but can drinking actually make you smarter? I remember that when my neighbor recounted the unfortunate incident of him being stopped and convicted of DUI, his reaction was: Boy, that made me smarten up!
I was compelled to conduct my own research and started by posing the question to loyal Wine Awakenings customers and followers of this blog. I was astounded by the results and I will be sharing some of those stories in the new year.
I’m glad to report, however that the answer is an emphatic YES! (Even though further experimentation is warranted…and encouraged… by all…) Continue reading

Why You should always Kiss and Tell…

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One of the most interesting questions we are often asked at shows, such as the Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo of last week, is “how does one correctly taste wine to get the full experience of the taste and the aroma of wine…?” Imagine the look on the lady’s face when I blurted out my answer during one of the seminars: “Just pucker up, Ma’am!”

That’s right. You don’t gulp wine, or merely drink wine…but you sip wine with a subtle slurp if you really know what you’re doing it. An equal amount of oxygen must cross your lips at the same time as the wine so as to continue to liberate the aromas and the wonderful flavors you started to release when you gently swirled your glass before bringing it to your mouth.

Just like kissing it. Now, you can tell how good this wine really is. …and that’s why I always kiss and tell. And you should too.

Top Wines to drink with your American Thanksgiving dinner

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Pairing wines with foods is largely a question of personal preference. There are very few hard and fast rules except for a few notable “hard and fast rules”…and I will cover those right up front: do not drink excessively dry wine with your turkey dinner because your mouth will be dry enough with the usual turkey accoutrements…keep the hearty cabernet sauvignons, French Syrahs for juicy red meat dinners…avoid, at all costs, the collision Continue reading

Let’s cut to the chase…Why do I need a wine aroma kit?

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“Ok, they are beautiful but what do I use these for?”

“Should I start a collection…until I have the whole series?”

“Do you really guarantee them for 10 years?”

As you can imagine, one of the most common question we get asked at trade shows or at wine information seminars such as the ones we conducted recently at the Vintage Conservatory of Toronto is “Why do I need a wine aroma kit?” We are in a business that requires that we educate our market before we can properly position the virtues of our product…this is very typical of most narrow “niche” markets.

Who better than to ask than our customers: so we sent our clients a quick survey and asked them why they bought our kits and what specific use Continue reading