The Berlin Tasting

In the ever-expanding world of wine, the established makers and markets are so well entrenched, it’s often difficult for “new world” wines to be recognized or even noticed. January 23, 2004 changed that. On that date the legendary Berlin Tasting was held. Traditional methods of gaining international recognition were not proving fruitful, so Eduardo Chadwick, President and Owner of Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña in Chile, determined to grab attention and open the eyes of world-critics to the wines of Chile by organizing an event that would be both a huge gamble and show of confidence. Chadwick invited thirty-six of the most influential wine writers, sommeliers, critics and experts in Europe to a blind tasting of sixteen wines in the Berlin. The identity of each wine was hidden thereby eliminating any potential bias. Most, like the French Château Lafite, Château Margaux, Château Latour, and the Italian Tignanello, Sassicaia, Solaia and Guado al Tasso were expected entrants—his own seemed, perhaps, audacious. And yet… Continue reading “The Berlin Tasting”

Where To DINE Now: Globe Bistro

Think global—eat local. More than a slogan, this is the culinary philosophy of Ed Ho. His Toronto restaurant, Globe Bistro, was at the forefront of the local movement long before it was en vogue to go local, and he is still pushing the boundaries for locavores to follow.
Warm and rustic, the re-design of Globe Bistro is reminiscent of Ho’s other restaurant entity, Earth. The menu invites us to discover the breadth of Canadiana. Comfy black leather banquets beckon us to stay a while. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Globe Bistro”

Kendall Hurley – Niagara’s Artist

An afternoon tour of the grand Chateau des Charmes winery in Niagara leads us through a gallery of unique artwork by local artist, Kendall Hurley. Sampling The Bosc Family’s Earth and Sky Pinot Noir and Riesling wines on the second floor of the winery is treat enough, as they embody the fresh and vibrant sun and rain kissed vineyards along St. David’s Bench. The pairing of art with wine elevates our experience. We are drawn to Hurley’s paintings. Continue reading “Kendall Hurley – Niagara’s Artist”