Today, a break from all the wine content (but please don’t forget to vote for my LCBO blog challenge entry) for a brief guide to entering your preserves for competition.
To be honest I had never done this before this year. So, take this as a rough beginner’s guide and not as expert and sage advice from on high.
I started my quest for a ribbon by asking We Sure Can! author Sarah Hood for her advice. Sarah was good enough to point me in the direction of fellow WSC contributors Shae Irving and Yvonne Tremblay. Yvonne is a five-time grand champion at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (“the big show” for fairs here in Southern Ontario) and Shae has a bunch of posts on her site Hitchhiking to Heaven about entering the Marin County Fair. These include results from this year and results from 2010 with her guide. (more…)
I really like trains. That our early-September tour of Niagara’s lovely wine country–organised by Suresh Doss and the LCBO’s Trina Hendry–started in a dedicated Via 1 train to Saint Catherines predisposed me to enjoy the day.
What with the third annual Spotlight Toronto 30 days of local wine and the LCBO’s goLOCAL: Find Your Favourite promotion I’ve had a lot of wine on the brain this month. For the seventh day Jen Bylok, Mike Di Caro, and I live blogged the highlights of the tour.
Obviously, I’ve also entered the LCBO’s blog challenge that is part of the goLOCAL promotion and you can read my post here and vote for it here. (more…)
The LCBO’s 20th annual goLOCAL promotion is on now and as well as featuring great wine (130 labels from 50 wineries in the province’s four regions) they’ve added a blog challenge.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post about a dinner that prominently featured Ontario wine. Once you’re done please visit this link, scroll down to the bottom of the page to vote for my entry.
For me, the last month of summer is about appreciating the final days of that too-short window when it is truly enjoyable to be outside in Ontario. Usually this means as many weekend days as possible spent at the cottage. This year, because of long overdue repairs to the island’s harbour, we had to close up early.
Usually Thanksgiving is the end of the season for us so dinner last Saturday night stood-in as a late-September substitute. Naturally, the meal featured Ontario VQA wine both as ingredient and accompaniment. (more…)