I was invited to the iYellow Wine Cave this week, if you haven’t been there, it is great. It is a cozy space dedicated to the love of wine. They host a variety of events and classes for wine lovers (and wanna be wine lovers). They were sharing with us two different wines, this week’s thirsty thursday is the first one.
Joiy wine is from New Zealand. This deliciously sweet sparkling wine comes in single serve bottles in beautiful packaging. They suggest drinking it with a little wedge of lemon, almost like a corona. I don’t think I’ve ever been told to put fruit in my wine (although I do it on occasion). This wine would of course be great in the summer but it will make a great sparkling wine to use in cocktails for the coming holiday seasons. I would use joiy for my sangria, with white cranberry juice and throw in some fresh cranberries, perfect for the holidays.
The packaging is so adorable, it makes the perfect hostess gift or that someone you’re not quite sure who to buy for. The 4 pack comes at the LCBO for $19.95, I was a little surprised by the price at first until I remembered, it’s pure wine, they aren’t coolers. It is definitely tasty. I can’t wait to see what people do with joiy over the holidays!
Have you seen it in your LCBO yet?
This past Thursday, I went to Evening at the Market at St. Lawrence Market. I bought the tickets as an anniversary gift for my boyfriend because I know how much he loves St. Lawrence Market.The event was in support for FoodShare Toronto and essentially the market was transformed into a tasting market, with virtually every vendor offering something delicious to try. I realized that I didn’t take a ton of photos of the actual venue, it was just the things I ate (and only a portion of them) but they had circus performers walking throughout the event and in the middle of the market, they had an aerial artist performing. The event was busy but not insane, and line ups weren’t too long to get food or drink..
Our first stop was Paddingtons, where they were sampling a few drinks they offer all the time, including Hogtown and Waterloo (I did not know you could get beer at the market!) and delicious cheese pies and baklava.
Throughout the rest of venue, Amsterdam beer and Union wines were on offer, some of my favourites.
As I mentioned, I ate a lot of stuff, mostly cheese and pasta things (of course). I had fresh ravioli, fondue and risotto out of the parm wheel. The parm wheel!!
I think my favourite dessert I had was the french macarons from the lower level. They also came with little chocolate nuggets.
I didn’t take photos of everything I ate because it would just look excessive but I promise it was all great. It was actually one of those times I wish I liked more food because there was a huge seafood section that was basically wasted on us. It was a great event, that I hope they run again next year (this was the first year they hosted it, this way). It also reminded me how much I love the St. Lawrence Market, I’ve been a little more often (again, because my boyfriend is in love with it) but it makes me want to come back and buy more cheese, pasta and fresh meats!
Did anyone else go to the Evening at the Market? What was your favourite part?
So over the past year, I’ve been really getting into the whisky/bourbon thing (not to be confused with the awesome bourbon thing podcast and blog). When I was at the Gentlemen’s Expo (yes, I sampled quite a bit that day, all in the name of the blog of course), I got to try Stalk & Barrel Whisky. This whiskey is distilled locally (which I love of course). I was afraid it was going to be really strong, which don’t get me wrong, it was but it didn’t have that burn that some whiskeys do.
Stalk & Barrel also makes a rye whisky, which is quite strong at 46% and a strong single malt which they sampled at the show but their website offers a huge selection of locally made spirits. I’d definitely recommend Stalk & Barrel if you’re looking to try a new whisky or rye, and of course, want to shop local.
I was at Wvrst a few weeks ago, and remembered why I love that place. Sausage? Good. Awesome beers and ciders? Great!
I was excited when I saw that they had a blood orange cider, made by county cider. I was really surprised by the colour of the cider which is a bright red colour.
The cider was amazing! Although, if you like a crisp apple taste to your ciders, this one probably isn’t for you. It is blood orange so it isn’t overly sweet. It tasted almost identical to San Pellegrino Blood Orange, it was more like drinking pop than drinking cider. However, even though it tastes like pop, it definitely packs a punch at 6.5%.
If you come across this cider and love blood orange, I would definitely recommend it.
Have you tried it? What’s your favourite cider?
Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t resist. What a game.
Although this week’s Thirsty Thursday probably isn’t what I would be drinking during the game, but it’s definitely a good wine to drink to relax after all that baseball stress.
I first tried this wine at the Gentlemen’s Expo a few weeks ago. As you can tell, I tried a lot of things there but they were all small samples… I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was just getting into red wines (a sign of my age, I’m sure) and they had this paired at the show with prosciutto so obviously I had to try it. To be honest, I had never even heard of a baco noir but it was so delicious, it didn’t have that bitter taste on the back of my tongue that usually turns me off of reds. Looking now, I can tell why I like it, it has hints of blueberries, my weakness. I had it with a chacuterie board I made last week with sharp cheddar and spicy salami and it was amazing.
The one I’ve been enjoying is the 2014, which is $14.95 at the LCBO. There is also a VQA Reserve version, which is $24.95, but I like my 2014 just fine.
Have you tried the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir? What did you think?
Happy Thursday everyone! Also, happy almost long weekend (or long weekend already if you’ve come down with blue flu).
As promised, I’ve got another great drink for you to try from the Gentlemen’s Expo. I had never heard of this brewery (there was a couple there I didn’t recognize, I was a little surprised). The triple bogey is a lager, and I thought it was great. It wasn’t very hoppy, like some of the other beers I tried around the show. Triple Bogey also sells golf gear, for those into that kind of thing It is their only brew but definitely worth a try. I also recently saw it on special at The Fifth Gastropub, so there’s no excuse not to try
Have you tried them yet? What did you think?
The blog was pretty quiet for the last couple of weeks, I will try not to brag but I was in Jamaica and it was fabulous. Bob Marley, sunshine and cocktails all day long. I also fell in love with ginger beer and rum so when at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I saw Melville’s Ginger Beer, I may have made a beeline for it.
It may not be the exact same as Jamaica (possibly because drinking it in a bathing suit in the middle of the gentlemen’s expo might have been frowned upon) but it was really good. This ginger beer is actually from England, but that ginger taste will always remind me of catamarans and pool bars.
This ginger beer has a great taste, it’s not too spicy and isn’t very sweet. I really enjoy it and definitely recommend it to mix up your beer routine.
Have you had Melville’s Ginger Beer? What did you think?
I know sangria season is winding down (I don’t know how it’s already the 10th!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t make sangria one (or several) more times before summer is officially gone.
I made this sangria with some people over last week – I kind of took the idea from the milestone sangria (fun fact: one of the most referred search terms to my site). Now I’m not one for measuring (or taking pictures, sorry) but this was what made this delicious white wine sangria. It was approximately 2/3 white wine, 1/3 white cranberry juice and 1/3 pear somersby – I garnished with raspberries and grapefruit and it was delicious. Sangria is great because there’s very few wrong ways to make it!
How do you make your sangria?
Happy Thursday! Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s been a while since I’ve had a wine on Thirsty Thursday, so I think it’s time to change that!
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is Flat Roof Manor Pinot Grigrio from South Africa. This citrus-y pinot would be great in a sangria – something that I will definitely have to do before fall officially falls upon us (totally unintentional pun). I would recommend this wine for anyone who likes a drier pinot grigio as it’s not overly sweet.
This pinot grigrio is available at the LCBO and is only $11.25, and until September 12th, you’ll get 7 bonus air miles. I never really know what that means but I think that’s a lot of air miles. I think this wine is great if you’re bringing a wine to a party or like I said, for a sangria (like I will be doing this weekend!).
Have you tried Flat Roof Manor? What did you think?
Well the Tipsy Teachers have done it again and this time in conjunction with Jamie from the Bourbon Thing. They hosted Bourbon Loves Chocolate at Boxcar Social in midtown on the patio. It was the perfect evening to sip bourbon and eat chocolate on the patio with friends.
We were lead through four bourbon tastings with notes and history on each of the distilleries. I have mentioned a few times that I never really got into bourbon until I fell for rye with old fashioneds. I never really enjoyed bourbon on its own, turns out I was just drinking the wrong one and missing chocolate!
I think I also may just be becoming more of a “grown up” and that’s why I’m enjoying more “grown up” drinks. It was a great event where I got to learn more about bourbon, a drink I didn’t know too much about and got to eat delicious chocolate, including a coffee chocolate which I really enjoyed (again, more of the almost a grown up thing).
The ladies will be hosting some other great events in the future (including our sold out Detox to Retox, this weekend), and a wine and junk food event (to which I exclaimed “shut up and take my money”) and they promise to do this great event again.
Have a fabulous weekend!