Wine of the Week: Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé 

While the fall season is my favourite, I’m not giving up on summer just yet! I think that summer 2021 deserves one last celebration. And there is no better way to celebrate than with a bottle of pink bubbly! I tried the Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé last month and it is the perfect wine to cheers farewell to summer. It’s bursting with big bubbles filled with juicy flavours of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. This wine is made using the charmed method from 100% VQA Ontario grapes from the beautiful lakefront Konzelmann vineyards. The Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé is the prettiest pink salmon colour and, trust me, is super easy drinking! Enjoy outside in the sun with friends alongside your favourite summer appetizers. You can find the Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé through the Konzelmann online store on sale right now for only $17.95. If you happen to order a few bottles, this wine can also be enjoyed well into autumn. But for now, lets pop a bottle of the Konzelmann Sparkling Rosé and toast to the summer season!

Konzelmann Sparkling Rose Wine VQA Ontario Niagara Review



The Wickedest Wines to Drink this Halloween

Happy Halloween! Like me, you’re probably celebrating Halloween at home this year. And what is a Halloween celebration without some wine! Pick up a bottle of one of these wicked wines to enjoy on this spookiest of nights…

Apothic Dark Red

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Devil’s Collection Red

Coffin Ridge Back From the Dead Red

Ghost Pines Chardonnay

The Velvet Devil Merlot

Raven Conspiracy Wicked White

Frontera After Midnight Dark Red Blend

Diabolica White

Flat Rock Twisted White

13th Street Pink Palette Rosé

Apothic Rosé

Megalomaniac Homegrown Rosé

Blue Pyrenees Estate Bone Dry Rosé

7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel


Wine of the Week: Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red

The Coffin Ridge Back From the Dead Red is my go-to Halloween wine. And it’s likely soon to be yours too! Located in northern Ontario’s Grey County, Coffin Ridge Winery specializes in bringing back to life grapes suited to a cool climate geography. Like the Maréchel Foch and Baco Noir grapes in their devilishly delicious Back From the Dead Red. Flavours of dark berries, spices and earth will come to life as you sip on this full-bodied wine. Pair Back from the Dead Red with all your favourite cold weather dishes like pot roasts, beef wellington and mushroom stew. Get your paws on a bottle of the Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red at the LCBO or the winery online shop for $19.95. I guarantee you a hell of a ghoul time!


The Best Seasonal Fall Beers at the LCBO

Wine is definitely my drink of choice, but there is something about seasonal fall beers that I absolutely love. As soon as September hits I am scouring through the LCBO site to see what pumpkin, harvest and Oktoberfest beers are available. Probably needless to say, I have tried them all! My favourite seasonal brews are those that are medium, malty and spicy with subtle fall flavours. Here’s what I think are the best seasonal beers at the LCBO.

Best Fall Pumpkin Beers LCBO Ontario

Great Lakes Brewery Pumpkin Ale

Muskoka Harvest Ale

Brock Street Brewing Munich Lager

Lake of Bays Pumpkin Ale

Mackinnon Brothers Harvest Ale


The 6 Ontario Rosés you Need to try This Fall

It’s no secret that I LOVE Rosé. But what you may not know is that I enjoy drinking Rosé most in the fall. That’s right, Rosé is definitely not just for summer! The deeper flavours of medium-bodied dry Rosés are perfect for the autumn season and pair very well with all the best fall foods. Enjoy with harvest vegetable dishes, cozy roast dinners or afternoon cheese and charcuterie – the matches go on! In Ontario we have lots of local VQA Rosé options, so I’ve narrowed it down to my favourites. Here are the six Ontario Rosés you need to try this fall.

The best Ontario VQA Rose wine to drink in fall

1. The Foreign Affair Amarosé – $19.95

This Amarone influenced Rosé is made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. If you ask me, the perfect wine combination for fall! The Foreign Affair Amarosé is a medium-bodied dry wine with elegant flavours of cherry, apricot and tart apple with a hint of spice.

1. Cave Spring Dry Rosé – $13.95

The Cave Spring Dry Rosé has been my go-to wine this fall season. It’s so easy to pair with a wide variety of fall foods or perfectly enjoyed on it’s own. And at a great value of only $13.95, you can enjoy this wine all season long.

3. Featherstone Rosé – $15.95

Made with Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Merlot grapes the Featherstone Rosé is a beautiful vibrant wine. The lively acidity allows the Featherstone Rosé to pair with all your favourite fall foods like pumpkin salad, squash ravioli and applewood smoked pork.

4. Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé – $14.95

This might be the best value wine on the list. Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé is a medium-bodied dry wine made from Cabernet Franc. It’s bursting with elegant flavours of rhubarb, red currant and raspberry with a crisp herbaceous finish.

5. The Roost at Redwing Rosé – $18.95

The elegant Roost at Redwing Rosé is the wine you want for all your special fall feasts. It’s made from Pinot Noir grapes with red berry flavours and a lovely crisp finish. This Rosé is currently only available at a select few LCBO locations, so your best bet is to order through the winery shop.

6. Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé – $15.95

The Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé is an autumn beauty. It’s fall floral appearance is carried through in the wine – you’ll find flavours of wild flowers and cherry. Pair with a cheese and charcuterie picnic under some fabulous fall foliage.

Cheers to a Rosé coloured fall!


Wine of the Week: Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé

The Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé is another one of my favourite Rosés for fall. This wine is just as beautiful as the gorgeous Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery that sits beneath the Niagara Peninsula in the Beamsville Bench. Made with Cabernet Franc grapes, the Peninsula Ridge Rosé is a medium-bodied dry wine. It’s bursting with juicy flavours of rhubarb, red currant and raspberry with a crisp herbaceous finish. You can definitely enjoy this wine on it’s own, but it will also pair perfectly with a wide variety of foods. Try it with turkey or roast dinners, savoury harvest salads or cheese and charcuteries platters. You can find the Peninsula Ridge Rosé at the LCBO or the winery online shop for $14.95 – amazing value!

Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rose Wine Ontario Review


Guide to a Festive Fall Weekend in Prince Edward County

There is no better place to be in the fall than Prince Edward County! This is my second fall season in the County and I would not want to be any where else in the world. The bright foliage, harvest foods, quaint towns and seasonal drinks all combine for a truly magical time of year. If you’re making a trip to the County to enjoy this beautiful season, here’s my guide to a festive fall weekend in PEC.


Your first stop on the way into the County is going to be Campbell’s Orchards. This local farm market has the most delicious baked goods that you can pick-up to enjoy throughout the weekend (get the apple bread, you will not regret it!). To get all the Stars Hallow feels, check-in to one of the many beautiful bed-and-breakfasts in Wellington or Bloomfield. For dinner, catch a gorgeous sunset over the Bay of Quinte on the patio at the Miller House. If you can’t make it up to Lake on the Mountain, Midtown Brewing in Wellington is a great alternative. Try their popular wood fired pizza and new fall Seasonal Ale!


On Saturday morning, head into Picton for a stroll through town. Pick up a PSL from Miss Lily’s Café and meander along Main Street to check out all the wonderful local shops. You’re going to definitely want to browse through The Ye11ow Studio for handmade pottery; Luna Boutique for a new fall sweater; and Coriander Girl for some bespoke blooms. Nothing like shopping endorphins to kick-start your day! For a spooky add-on to your morning adventure, head over to the old St. Mary Magdalene Parish Cemetery at Macaulay Heritage Park.

Then it’s off the spend the afternoon enjoying all the local wine, beer and cider the County has to offer. Visit Gillingham Brewing Company first – they have a large outdoor seating area set-up around a cozy campfire overlooking an idyllic country scene. You can order lunch here which comes from one of my favourite restaurants in the County, The Marans. And you must order their new fall beer, the Oktoberfest style ES Märzen Lager. Next up is Loch Mór Cider Company, because you can’t have a festive fall weekend without cider! Enjoy a flight under the trees with a locally made Cornish pasty. End your day at Karlo Estates Winery with a walk through their beautiful property (great photo op at the old bridge!), a glass of Three Witches white wine and sunset over the vineyards. Karlo often has live music on the weekends, so check ahead to see if you can catch some local musical talent.

A festive fall day like this must conclude with a delicious autumnal dinner! This dinner can be found on the beautiful heated patio at East and Main Bistro in Wellington. Their menu has all the delicious fall favourites like beef Bourguinon, Pinot Noir braised lamb shank and roasted vegetable curry. Yum!


Sunday is all about the autumn antiquing! But first, coffee. Grab some caffeine at Bloomfield Public Market and stroll down the very Stars Hallow’esk main street of Bloomfield. There are lots of cute shops to pop into while you make your way to the first antique store, Dead People’s Stuff. Believe it or not, you will be ready for lunch at this point (there are so many distractions in Bloomfield), so stop into Saylor House Café. They have a cute patio for outdoor dining and the best comfort food in town – I’m talking grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of comfort. Then hop in the car and you’re off to some of my favourite shops! Browse through County Traders, MacCool’s Re-use, The Local Store, and Koopmans (not open Sundays but if you’re doing this on another day, definitely check them out).

As your festive fall weekend in the PEC sadly comes to and end, make one more stop on your way out. If you’re heading west, stop at Tabersnack for a delicious poutine and local beer. If your direction is west, check out the beautiful views at Three Dog Winery while you enjoy a glass of wine and wood fired pizza. In this final moment of your trip, soak in the autumn magic of the County and reminisce on all the fun memories you’ve made during your festive fall weekend in PEC!


Wine of the Week: Cave Spring Rosé

Over the past month, the Cave Spring Rosé has quickly found it’s way into my weekly wine rotation! It checks on my wine boxes – local, tasty, budget-friendly and pairs well with seasonal foods. Cave Spring Vineyard is a local Ontario winery located in the Beamsville Bench, Niagara. They have a reputation for crafting elegant wines and their Rosé is no exception! The Cave Spring Rosé is a medium-bodied dry wine bursting with red berry flavours. And can we talk about the beautiful deep pink colour?! So gorgeous for fall. The Cave Spring Rosé has a lively acidity that allows it to pair well with a variety of foods. I think it pairs particularly well with fall fare like stuffed acorn squash, bacon wrapped pork and fall charcuterie boards. And best part? This wine is great value and budget friendly at only $13.95 a bottle. You can purchase the Cave Spring Rosé at the LCBO or through the winery’s online shop.

Cave Spring Winery Rose Wine Ontario Review

By Courtney Evans

Wine of the Week: Foreign Affair Amarosé 2019

Autumn is officially here! I love drinking rosé in the fall and the Foreign Affair Amarosé is one of my favourites. The Foreign Affair is an Ontario winery in the Vineland area of the Niagara Peninsula. Their wines are amazing, but especially the Amarosé for the fall. Let’s start with the appearance – the beautiful orangey pink wine is bottled within the most Canadian autumnal looking label. This Amarone influenced Rosé is made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir. If you ask me, the perfect wine combination for fall! The Foreign Affair Amarosé is a medium-bodied dry wine with elegant flavours of cherry, apricot and tart apple with a hint of spice. Pair with all your favourite fall foods like pork tenderloin, squash ravioli or harvest salads. You can find the Foreign Affair Amarosé at the LCBO or the winery online shop for $19.95. Cheers to kicking off the autumn season!

By: Courtney Evans

Wine of the Week: Waupoos Estates Winery Red Rabbit

This rabbit is anything but timid and quiet! The Waupoos Estates Winery Red Rabbit is a bold full-bodied Ontario red wine. It’s made from a delicious grape combo of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aged in oak, the Red Rabbit offers lots of rich and complex flavours. You’ll taste cherry, cassis and plum with hints of vanilla, caramel and violet. The integrated tannins really balance out the wine nicely. If you like a big bold red wine, than you’re going to love the Waupoos Estates Winery Red Rabbit! I enjoyed the Red Rabbit last weekend with butternut squash ravioli, but it would also be great with red meats, mushrooms or strong cheeses. Hop on over to the winery’s online shop, or the winery,  to purchase the Red Rabbit for $17.95.

Waupoos Estates Winery Red Rebbit Red Wine Ontario Winery Prince Edward County