Beer, Wine and Spirits

Beer, Wine & Spirits: Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. has beers for every lager lover

Brian Preston Bells Corners in Nepean has a relatively new craft brewery operating at 14 Bexley Place called Whiprsnapr Brewing Co (www.whiprsnaprbrewingco.com) It’s fourth anniversary will be on Devil’s Eve (Halloween) this year. Cody Howard, son of one of the owners (Ian McMartin, Mike Feagan and Dave Woward) gave us a wonderful tour and tasting […]

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Beer Wine & Spirits: KIN Vineyards makes Carp a wine tasting destination

Brian Preston, The Travelling Sommelier brianpreston@hotmail.com Ominous clouds filled the skies on Saturday, July 8 but ever the optimist I set off from Portland, Ont. with the top down for an hour’s road trip up to the Grand Opening of KIN Vineyards near Carp, Ont. There I was met by a couple of smiling young […]

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Radlers and Rosé: summer drinks to inspire

Brian Preston In this column we will cover spring and summer drinks, specifically Radlers and Rosés. In future columns, I will be covering a range of beers, wines and spirits that are locally available and as much as possible, locally produced. I intend to entertain and inform you each month, and aim to get you […]

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Crooked Mile brews are gaining popularity

Craft breweries are popping up all over Ontario and the craft beer market is no longer the exclusive domain of the large metropolitan areas like Ottawa and Toronto. Smaller towns like Carleton Place, Smith Falls, Perth and now Almonte have their own local breweries. These are locally owned and operated by families and friends that […]

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Washington State wines that go toe-to-toe with California brands

When people talk about wines from the United States, California usually comes first to mind. A big bold Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, a smooth buttery Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley or a dark jam flavoured Zinfandel from Paso Robles or Dry Creek Valley are certainly signature wines from these regions. Other appellations like […]

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Compare grapes to grapes, wine to wine

Sometimes when I recommend a wine on my blog or in Hometown News, I get comments about the wines I selected. For example, someone might say “I liked that Rioja Reserva but it wasn’t as good as a California Cabernet Sauvignon I had last week.” That’s an interesting observation but I also think that it’s […]

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Beer, Wine and Spirits – Mark Cochrane

The partying is over, the leftovers are finished, your pants are fitting a little too snug these days and the bills are starting to arrive. Now you have to make good on those New Year’s Eve promises you made while the champagne was flowing. Maybe you’ll try to start that diet and exercise program you […]

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