Beer, Wine and Spirits

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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