Archives for ‘Food & Drink’

    • Annie’s Lane Riesling

      by Adrian Bryksa

      I love the versatility that Riesling offers from its potential presentation as a sticky sweet late harvest or as mouth-puckering dry example and all of the spots that it can occupy in between.

    • Cinnamon

      by Jaymi Newington

      An ingredient that was once thought to be more precious than gold; an ingredient once traded amongst monarchs; an ingredient not only mentioned in the bible but also used by many classical writers.

    • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estates Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Holidays can bring a time of depression, especially when faced with the ugly truth that work is awaiting along with any salivating creditors to which ones holiday good times were funded.

    • New Years Bubbles – 3 Sparkling Wines Blind

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Although most people wait to enjoy sparkling wines for celebrations or parties, I would suggest drinking them at any time.

    • Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

      by Adrian Bryksa

      It isn’t every day that a new child comes into the world so to celebrate his birth, I decided to dust off a bottle from the cellar of one of my favorite wines.

    • Huber Grüner Veltliner Obere Steigen D.A.C.

      by Adrian Bryksa

      This is an almost exclusive Austrian varietal that seems to fit in between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc stylistically and sometimes exhibits some characteristics commonly found in Riesling. It sound like my kind of white.

    • Dining in Paros, Greece: Sho-Sho

      by Jaymi Newington

      Wine, bread, appetizer entrée all arrived in such perfect succession that it was obvious that these owners are just as excited for you to taste their delectable creations as you are to taste them. Another nice treat was the large selection of exclusively local wines that this restaurant stocks with a description of where in the country they come from.

    • 2006 Pillar Box Red

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Decant, decant, decant. I find myself talking about this more and more when it comes to red wines, especially new ones.

    • CSN Wine and Spirits: Bordeaux Bonanza

      by Adrian Bryksa

      There are certain feelings of anticipation that come over a person when they are given the opportunity to try wines deemed perfect by world experts.

    • Vinya l’Hereu Petit Grealo

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Every time I think that I have seen all this wonderful city of Calgary has to offer in terms of wines and spirits, I encounter something more amazing and more jaw dropping than I could possibly imagine.

    • David Walker Wines launches Mission Hill’s Perpetua and Quatrain

      by Adrian Bryksa

      When you are a wine freak like me, getting sent invites to wine launch parties brings a combination of nerves, excitement and anticipation.

    • Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Lately, I have found several very good wines from Spain at value prices and lately it seems like the number of offerings is expanding due to their high quality and affordable prices. Perhaps I can add this offering to the list?

    • Bassermann-Jordan Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Kabinett

      by Adrian Bryksa

      November 4th, 2008 a historic day for the United States and the world. I believe I may have found a historic German Riesling!

    • Clos de Los Siete

      by Adrian Bryksa

      This wine is exciting with dark, inky deep purple tones to it. With the first sniffy sniff, there is a nice blackberry component poking through with some white pepper and a nice hint of toasted oak. To stand up to this wine, match it up with some hard, old Cheddar and biscuits.

    • 2008 Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival

      by Adrian Bryksa

      For the third straight year, editors from Reading for New Times attended the Calgary stop of the Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival. The festival brings Calgarians a taste of some of the finest wines, beers and spirits being offered in the city……

    • Value Wine Experiment – 3 Reds under $15.00

      by Adrian Bryksa

      He pulled me over to an Australian blend which seemed interesting as a 2005 at 11 dollars, so I made it my choice. Ian grabbed a 2007 Chilean Cabernet and David jumped on an 2006 Argentine Malbec

    • Zimmermann Rosshimmel Riesling

      by Adrian Bryksa

      As I continued to sip, the terroir to which the grapes were grown continued to shine through with those much desired flint, rock and mineral aspects pouring through.

    • Stark – Condé Syrah

      by Adrian Bryksa

      For the most part, I typically stay away from South African wines, for no good reason other than I haven’t had one that has really excited me or blown me away. Maybe this Syrah will change that.

    • The Little Penguin Merlot

      by Adrian Bryksa

      I find myself picking up bottles, reading the labels and examining the packaging and wondering what makes the average consumer choose it over the countless others in the sea of similarly priced products.

    • Caves Alianca Quinta dos Quatro Ventos Douro

      by Adrian Bryksa

      I immediately thought that this wine would be an excellent contender for the cellar as in my experience, they often are much better in a few years time when they have had a chance to mellow out in bottle.

    • Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif

      by Adrian Bryksa

      I remember the day I first tried this wine and it was all I talked about with all my oenophile friends. I rushed out and bought as much as I could and stockpiled it in my cellar. Since then, many Merlots, Shirazes and Chardonnays have become between us.

    • Travaglini Gattinara Riserva

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Typically, this is a 90 + point rated wine from Wine Spectator. It is an excellent example of an outstanding medium bodied Nebbiolo from Northern Piedmont in Italy, delivering a slightly hard candy, floral bouquet with a orangish hue.

    • Esser Cellars Chardonnay

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Coming out of the bottle, it exhibited a pale honey straw-ish color and the nose is delivered a bit of baked apple and honey along with some toasted oak, which almost makes it seem like apple pie.

    • Regional Heroes Wine Tasting

      by Adrian Bryksa

      As if the wine wasn’t enough, the event was professionally catered and the food offerings were excellent. From crab stuffed mushroom caps to a wide array of cheeses and other appetizers, guests were given an opportunity to snack on some gourmet nosh while sampling in this intimate environment.

    • Super Bowl Beer Sampling

      by Adrian Bryksa

      After nearly choking over a thirteen dollar six pack, I decided that my sampling would be done based off of 500 mL cans of 4 various import beers coming in at an average of $2.45 per unit. Not cheap, but not unreasonable for 2 liters of the nectar of the gods.

    • Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

      by Beauty

      This year in celebration of the season (and Martha Stewart being out of jail) we’re going to bake Chocolate Cloud cookies and Lemon Slice squares.

    • Sammiches

      by Dijita

      The stomach is grumbling and you can’t ignore the call. You need to refuel with something that’s not going to go right through you like some kid on a waterslide. The answer is simple… sammiches.

    • How about them Apples?

      by Pamela Hruska

      It was important to select an inconspicuous grocery store for the task, as ringing through 10 different bags of one apple each did not seem to make my cashier very enthused.

    • Christmas Cookie Extravaganza 2004

      by Beauty

      Baking is fun! Didn’t your mother ever tell you that? The first recipe is super easy so even noobies should be able to get it right.

    • Thought Piece: Eating

      by Wartank

      It wasn’t a sexually charged event. She simply radiated culture and elegance in a way I had never been exposed to..

    • Bachelor Chow

      by Wartank

      Pick your meat.. I generally stick with chicken or beef because it fries up real easy and heck I must be part black cause I dig that fried chicken..

    • Holiday Drinks

      by Silenced Scream

      Well I’m back with another installment to my most likely ongoing series of how to get drunk on things that taste better than Lysol..

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