Month: June 2013

Train travel in europe is fast and fabulous.
Travel

Train travel in europe is fast and fabulous.

In Central Europe, train travel is well organized, fast, relatively comfortable, and fortunately affordable. There are several ways to travel by train – from one major city to another within the country or between countries, or local trains that stop in small towns and fastest being express, or Eurostar from […]

Ontario’s improving wine quality.
Wine

Ontario’s improving wine quality.

Ever since the 2007 vintage, the climate in Ontario has yielded good to very good quality fruit. This is partially attributable to global warming, also to better faming and wine making. In the last decade, several small, high-quality oriented wineries came in stream making outstanding wines albeit in small quantities. […]

Wildfire Steakhouse and wine bar – Toronto.
Restaurants

Wildfire Steakhouse and wine bar – Toronto.

Located close to the Highway of Heros in Toronto, this steakhouse is frequented by locals, Torontonian’s in general, and many other suburbs, The cozy wine bar with a view of the busy Yonge Street serves a fine selection of wines by the glass, and cocktails. The dining room next to […]

Chateau Grillet – A unique Chateau in Cotes-du-Rhone.
Travel Wine

Chateau Grillet – A unique Chateau in Cotes-du-Rhone.

This iconic 3 ½ – hectare northern Cotes-du-Rhone property is the only A.O.C property in France. Chateau Grillet’s worldwide fame is the result of its quality (albeit in the recent past, quality has been inconsistent – some vintages were dilute, or off-dry, or under-ripe or oxidized) and rarity. The quantity […]

Villa Ponciago in Beaujolais.
Wine

Villa Ponciago in Beaujolais.

Over the past decades, North American wine drinkers gradually discovered flavourful, fruity, easy-drinking, and sometimes “frivolous’ Beaujolais. They complement all kinds of food, are not complicated, and provide gustatory pleasures at a reasonable cost. The sole grape for red Beaujolais (there is also a white Beaujolais albeit in miniscule quantities) […]

Vintages Release Recommendations
Wine

Professor B’s Vintages June 22 Release Recommendations.

This fairly large release focuses mainly on red wines, despite the timing. There is a reasonably long list of Ontario wines, and mainly mid-priced products from the U S A, Australia, France, Italt, Portugal, Spain and Argentina. Spirit The Arran Malt Port Cask Finish Single malt Isle of Arran Distillers, […]

The mediterranean diet can prolong your life.
Food

The mediterranean diet can prolong your life.

During the 1970’s Italian scientist conducted long and in-depth research in an attempt to establish foods for a healthy diet. Almost every aspects of nutrition and the suitability of every food that western industrialized countries grow and consume have been scrutinized to determine how beneficial or detrimental each is. Researchers […]

Foods on skewers.
Food

Foods on skewers.

Greeks in antiquity put chunks of meat on skewers and grilled them. Romans learned the techniques, used it, and continue to use it extensively in their trattoria (informal restaurants). Today, many cuisines employ this technique, from Japan to Germany, from Iran to Canada, from Indonesia to Indiana. Conquistadors brought the […]