Ontario Wine Country Where Good Things Grow

Harvest season in Ontario wine country, i.e. Niagara, is a magical time of year. The beautiful colours, ripe grapes and everyone hard at work is an amazing thing to witness and one of the most crucial steps in the winemaking process. The harvest season in Ontario wine country is primarily based upon the ripeness of the grapes at the time …

Toasting to a Class with a Glass… of WINE! (the French way)

​​Can anyone think of a better way to celebrate other than with wine and food? The French couldn’t either. As in most countries, cuisine is an essential part of French culture and celebrations typically revolve around food. Over 2,600 years ago, the art of drinking wine was adopted into French tradition as a means of socializing. It is no surprise …

The World LES Travelled

Group Photo at Bachelorette Wine Tasting Party

One hell of a Saturday afternoon is what you get when you combine 24 women, a wine tasting and a massive wooden cabin during Lesley’s wine themed bridal shower! To celebrate the bride-to-be on her bachelorette weekend, Vine & Vintage hosted one of the biggest sit-down wine tastings to-date. Spread along two long wooden tables, close friends and family sniffed, …

Our Adventure Around the World

Group Photo at Wine Tasting Event

“Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.” -Unknown I couldn’t find who wrote this quote, but when I first read it, it spoke such truth about my new wine events venture. Every time I plan a wine tasting event, I am going in blind. I walk into an unfamiliar environment, …

I’m Thankful for Wine

I spent Thanksgiving weekend with a family who had plenty to be thankful for. Celebrating a 60th birthday party, a new baby in the family, and of course, a family get-together focused around wine. I always enjoy hosting an event for families as they are always the most entertaining (especially after a couple tastings). No one is afraid to hold …

Liberty Village Wine Club Features Ciao Italia!

Ciao A Tutti! Tuscany, Sicily, Veneto, oh my! On Thursday September 28th, I rejoiced in hosting a wine night for The Liberty Village Wine Club. It felt wonderful to be welcomed back into a community I once knew so well and cherished so much. Liberty Village, located in downtown Toronto is unlike any other community I have lived in before. …

What is Kosher Wine?

Kosher wine can only be made with kosher ingredients. According to traditional Jewish law, once the grapes are picked and brought to be crushed, only Shabbat-observant Jews can be involved in making the wine. From crushing to bottling, kosher wine must be handled exclusively by observant Jews. Why, do you ask? In the past wine was often used by pagans in their …

Don’t Mess with the Bull, You’ll Get the Horns

I have always loved holiday dinners with family and friends. Many people would agree with me, but not necessarily for the same reason. They are wonderful occasions, having everyone around one big table surrounded by an array of delicious home-cooked dishes that never seem to end. But the reason I love them the most is because I always get to …

Tasting in the Presence of Trapiche Winemaker, Sergio Casé

One of the things I miss most about working in the corporate wine industry is attending tastings and meeting international winemakers (to me, it’s like meeting a celebrity!) Winemakers, business managers and other winery representatives travel to different markets around the world to meet with local representation of their brand, gain a better understanding of the market to help sell …

WINE not Moms!?

On Wednesday, I offered new moms a different kind of bottle than they have gotten used to, and one they definitely missed! I joined in on an incredible event hosted by the Moms Toronto community group, participating as a vendor at my first food and wine festival as Vine & Vintage! Moms Toronto has revolutionized maternity leave for moms who …