Exploring Wines of Chile!

IMG_2839Camenere, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. All wonderful varietals poured at last nights Wines of Chile Event. Inside the beautiful, historic Royal Ontario Museum, wineries from around Chile came together for a wine and food festival.

Showcasing 20 wineries with more than 120 different wines, where some were featured for the first time in Canada, the hall was packed with industry folk, guests and wine makers. Each table carried their own brand name wines and poured for guests while educating them about the regions and wineries the different varietals came from.

Themed tables were set up around the room promoting Sparkling wine options as well as innovative new wines that were available to sample.


Hors d’oeuvres and cheese platters were elegantly set up in the centre of the room served by chefs who prepared food on site and in front of guests. There were also very talented musicians and dancers who provided excellent entertainment throughout the evening.

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I tried some amazing different wines and met some pretty incredible people! It was really interesting to compare the same grape between different vineyards within different parts of Chile and see how unique they were!


I listed some of my favourites below:

Emiliana Sparkling

Emiliana Coyam Red Blend

(Both of these wines are organic by the way!)

IMG_2837Arboleda Carmenere- which will be listed in the LCBO within the next couple of months

Concha y Toro Pinot Noir

Santa Alicia Carmenere

Indomita Sauvignon Blanc

Tabali Viognier





IMG_2836Cono Sur Sparkling Rose- new to market!










There were lots of good options and I know what I am picking up the next time I go to the LCBO!


Black Bottle Launch

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FullSizeRender (15)Last night I attended a product launch for Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky. It was located at Brazenhead Irish Pub in Liberty Village.

The restaurant was the perfect venue for the launch, bringing in a crowd of all ages with its  hip and energetic atmosphere.

The Distell product, Black Bottle, is a very elegantly spiced, smoky blended Scotch Whisky. Brazenhead was offering three different cocktails and personalized Old-Fashions where you could choose your own bitters! The drinks were all phenomenal! My favourites were the Black Bottle Sour and Smoke and Coke! 

There was also fabulous hors d’oeuvres passed around by the great staff that were very knowledgeable and helpful the entire evening.

The DJ played really great music that kept the night going and the guests happy and lively. (I’m sure the drinks helped with that a little as well!) There was even an amazing artist that painted an incredible picture of the bottle right in the middle of the action! The final artwork is posted in the beginning of this blog.

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This was a great evening and it was even better that I was able to walk home at the end of the night! Thank you to the wonderful organizers that put it all together. It was a great turn out and I will definitely be picking up a couple bottles of Black Bottle Scotch Whisky for my next party!


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Toronto Food & Wine Festival

IMG_2311Yesterday I attended the first annual Toronto Food and Wine Festival located downtown at Evergreen Brickworks. The venue was FABULOUS! It had a very urban, unique style that differed from many other food and wine shows I have attended in the past. Showcasing the best culinary talents offered in the city, there was an IMMENSE amount of delicious food, wine and many other beverage options to choose from. Local restaurants, wineries, agencies, breweries and spirit companies were all in attendance and ready to go by the 11am start time.

The festival is ongoing throughout the weekend and offers wine and spirit tastings, cooking classes and special guest appearances and presentations from celebrity local and international chefs including Curtis Stone, Chuck Hughes, Gail Simmons and many more!

A new technology added to the event was the use of electronic bracelets used to purchase samples instead of tickets. There was a little bit of a rocky and slow start as networks were down and a lot of vendor and guest scanners and bracelets weren’t working but hopefully it was successful today.

PMA Canada had two booths side by side and poured an excellent assortment of twelve wines from around the world! Many of the food stations present were great pairings for the wines that were available! The Barrel Select Malbec, Alfredo Second Pass Shiraz, Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc and Saint Claire Chardonnay were all very popular wines!

IMG_2312Along with the PMA booth, many other well known beverage companies were present! Savanna Cider and Amarula Cream Liqueur both from South Africa, Milagro Tequila and Disaronno.

Some popular local restaurants included Pure Spirits located in the Distillery District, Rasa and Sullivan and Bleeker. All had very delicious food and many of the vendors were generous letting me sample and take pictures of their food they had to offer!

A very Successful start for the first annual Toronto Food and Wine Festival! Tickets may still be available, so check online if you are stuck without plans today or tomorrow!

Thank you to the many sponsors the festival had including Air Canada, Presidents Choice, Miele, Cuisinart, Vitamix and many more.

What a great start to my weekend!

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