Wine of the Week: Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2020

I randomly picked up the Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2020 on a weekend trip to the LCBO. I was looking for a Pinot Noir for my dinner that night and was immediately attracted to this bottle! The Flat Rock Pinot Noir comes from Flat Rock Cellars located on the Twenty Mile Bench in the Niagara Ontario region. The beautiful new labels are inspired by Flat Rock’s 80 acres of unique terroir. The designs are rock formations of limestone samples from their vineyards! The wine itself also speaks to the uniqueness of the Flat Rock soil. The Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2020 is a beautifully structured, complex and elegant red wine. It’s medium-bodied and on the bold side for a Pinot Noir with flavours of red berries and herbs. I paired this wine with a mushroom lasagna and it was perfection! It will also pair really nicely with rack of lamb, grilled salmon and roasted chicken. Perfect for all the upcoming spring holiday meals! You can find the Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2020 at the LCBO for $22.95, or through the winery’s online shop.



Girl on a Budget: 14 Ontario Wines Under $14

It’s more important than ever to support local wineries right now. With so many options here in Ontario, buying and drinking local wine is not difficult! But sometimes the price tag on local wines can be a bit too much for a girl on a budget. Trust me, I hear you! So I’ve compiled a list of my favourite 14 Ontario wines under $14.00. Shop local and stay on budget!


1. Sandbanks Rosé

2. Girls’ Night Out Rosé

3. Cave Spring Rosé

4. Colio Unwind Smooth Rosé


5. Peninsula Ridge Semi-Dry Riesling

6. Three Dog Winery White

7. Colchester Ridge Unoaked Chardonnay

8. Angels Gate Riesling

9. Frisky Beaver White


10. Pelee Island Merlot

11. Henry of Pelham House Wine Co. Red

12. Fielding Long Weekend Cabernet

13. Konzelmann Canada Red

14. Twenty Bees Baco Noir








Wine of the Week: Pelee Island LOLA Nero

It’s always exciting when Lola gets a new friend, especially when it’s fun and bubbly! The new Pelee Island Lola Nero is a sparkling red wine that I think everyone is going to LOVE! The Lola Nero is a beautiful garnet colour with the prettiest frothy bubbles. And it has all the great flavours of a red wine. You’ll taste raspberry, blackberry, redcurrant, cherry, violet and plum – yum! For pairing, the Lola Nero will fit in with any crowd. I’d serve this bubbly as a welcome drink or aperitif; with cheese and charcuterie appetizers; pork and grilled vegetable mains; or chocolate raspberry desserts. The Lola Nero is now available through the Pelee Island online shop for $15.95. Trust me, the Pelee Island Lola Nero is soon to be your new best friend!

Pelee Island Lola Nero Sparkling Red Wine Ontario Review


Wine of the Week: Harwood North Beach Seahorse Rosé

North Beach Prince Edward County is truly a magical place! Turquoise waters, white sands and rolling green hills really make you feel like you’re on the ocean. It’s no wonder Harwood Estate Vineyards named their trio of Rosés after this beautiful beach. Their North Beach Seahorse Rosé is the wine of the week – a delightful Rosé made for summer days by the water! The Seahorse Rosé is fruity with a touch of sweetness, and balanced nicely with crisp acidity. You’ll taste juicy flavours of strawberry, peach and citrus. Enjoy the Seahorse Rosé with spicy dishes, barbequed meats or chilled all on it’s own. Harwood Estates Vineyard is actually located quite close to North Beach provincial park. If you’re in the County you can pick up a bottle at the winery for $17.95 and then head over to the North Beach to enjoy! The Harwood North Beach Seahorse Rosé can also be purchased through their online store. Cheers to magical summer days by the water!

Harwood Winery North Beach Rose Ontario Rose Review


Why I’m Loving New Zealand Lighter Wines

Did you participate in dry January? I certainly did not lol! However, there are occasions or weeks that I do like to moderate my alcohol consumption. This can definitely be hard, because I LOVE wine! If you find yourself in the same dilemma as me, New Zealand lighter wines are your answer. Lower your alcohol consumption, but continue drinking delicious wine. That is why I’m loving New Zealand lighter wines!

New Zealand Lighter Alcohol Wines

In 2014 the New Zealand Wine Growers Association founded a research project focused on the natural production of lower alcohol wines. They perfected the new art of winemaking that produced full flavoured wines that are lighter in alcohol. All New Zealand lighter wines are less than 10% alcohol (a typical wine is between 11-15%). Through cool climate slow ripening wine making practices, wineries are able to produce high quality wines that do not compromise those full flavours that we all love in New Zealand wines!

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I had opportunity to try four of the New Zealand lighter wines and they did not disappoint. I tasted the The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc, The Doctors’ Rosé, The Peoples Sessions Sauvignon Blanc and Giesen Pure Light Sauvignon Blanc. Each of these wines are available at the LCBO right now. You can also find some others like The Peoples Sessions Lighter Rosé, The Doctor’s Pinot Noir, and Stoneleigh Lighter Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are all under $20 so you don’t have to break the bank to drink healthier. And my favourite of those I’ve tried so far? The Giesen Pure Light Sauvignon Blanc, which is only $11.80!

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Trying to drink less this year? Remain sharp during an event? Or just don’t want to be hungover?! New Zealand lighter wines are the perfect answer to lowering your alcohol intake without having to give up good wine. That’s a win-win if you ask me! Try a couple bottle and I have no doubt that you will be loving New Zealand lighter wines too!



Wine of the Week: Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé

The last week I’ve found myself really looking forward to spring. Fresh flowers, bright skies and pretty pastels….ah I can’t wait! While the weather may not be matching my sentiments, my beautiful friend Lola is giving me a taste of those springtime vibes. The Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé has the most elegant label, prettiest pink colour and sophisticated tastes. Made with Cabernet Franc grapes from the southernly Pelee Island, the Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé really reflects a springtime air. It’s a medium-bodied dry wine with crisp flavours and lovely balance. Take a sip of the  Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé and you’ll be transported to a warm spring day with it’s bright flavours of  field strawberries, wild flowers and fresh herbs. Perfect to pair with grilled shrimp, chicken souvlaki or salads. You can find the Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé in the LCBO VQA section for $15.95 or purchase directly through the winery’s online shop. Get a taste of spring with the lovely Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé!

Pelee Island Lola Cabernet Franc Rose Wine Review


All the Details From my HalloWINE Event

Happy HalloWINE! My two favourite things combined 🙂 Every year, this obviously requires me to throw a very special event. Since this is my first year in Prince Edward County, I thought that a County HalloWINE weekend event was most appropriate! So this past weekend, a bunch of witches gathered in the County for all the best drinks and food. Read along for details about this wickedly fun event!


The HalloWINE weekend in the County began on Friday evening with drinks and appetizers. We did a tasting of some of my favourite County wine, cider and beer while eating all the amazing bounty PEC has to offer! The tasting included the Karlo Estates Three Witches White, Traynor Vineyard Pinot Noir, Broken Stone Winery Rosé, Settlers Cider Reserve, Crimson Cider My Pumpkin and Strange Brewing Company Oak Smoked Maple Ale. It was a wicked lineup that cast quite a few love spells on guests! While enjoying our drink, we snacked on delicious County food like cheeses, dips and a few Halloween treats. One of my favourite places to get fresh produce is Hagerman Farms and for cheeses and snacks you cannot beat the Agrarian Market!

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On Saturday morning, everyone woke up to a very pumpkin filled breakfast. A recent Trader Joes haul provided every pumpkin breakfast item you could think of! We had pumpkin waffles, bagels, sweet buns, jam, cream cheese, cookies, yogurt and coffee. Everyone thankfully liked pumpkin! After we fueled up with all the pumpkin treats, we were ready for an afternoon of HalloWINE delights. County Cider Company was our first stop, where we enjoyed a tasting in the barn and then lovely late lunch on the patio. Next, we headed to Karlo Estates for a tasting which we got to do in their cozy wine lounge. If you’re visiting Karlo this fall/winter, the wine lounge is definitely the spot to do your tasting! After a day of witchy wine fun, we gathered back at the house for more HalloWINE activities.

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The Saturday night HalloWINE festivities began with a sit down fall flavoured dinner. The main course was butternut squash ravioli with pumpkin sauce. I served dinner with the Waupoos Estates Winery Red Rabbit Red, which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a magical combination! Dinner was finished off with apple pie and pumpkin ice cream for dessert. We then gathered around for our new moon horoscope readings. Our readings were enjoyed with the County Cider Company’s Waupoos Premium Cider. This is a dry cider with lots of crisp apple flavours, and one of my favourites! It’s apple zest paired perfectly with our witchy new moon ceremony.


The HalloWINE weekend in the County ended on Sunday with brunch at the Agrarian Bistro in Bloomsfield. The delicious local menu was the perfect way to conclude our the events. It truly was a magical HalloWINE weekend event filled with all the best County drink and food. All the wine, cider and beer featured are some of my favourite in the County! I’ve linked them all so you can get information about how to get your claws on them. Or, better yet, make a visit to the County yourself! Hope you enjoyed reading along about my HalloWINE event and got some inspiration for your own witchy gatherings.



Friday Favourites: Everything Rosé

I haven’t done a Friday Favourites in awhile, so I thought I’d start back with one of my favourite things…Rosé! From how to rosé all day to drinking pink on a budget, I have you covered for everything rosé in this Friday Favourites.

How to Rosé all Day

Sure, it sounds simple to Rosé all Day, so why would you need a ‘how to’? Well, not only do I typically want to pass out by 3pm, but it can also cost a lot of money and get boring drinking the same. thing. all. day. But not to worry, just follow my 6 steps on how to successfully Rosé all Day!

Rosé on a Budget

Speaking of Rosé‘ing all day…it can cost quite a bit of money! Thankfully, there are some budget friendly (and good) rosés available for those on a budget. These bottles are all under $11 and will definitely have you Rosé’ing all day! And if you want to make it a little more sparkly, visit this link for budget friendly sparkling rosés.

Rosé Cider

I’m not going to lie, I was slightly disappointed to learn that Rosé cider doesn’t actually have Rosé wine in it (the pink colour is from red apple skins, the same way Rosé wine pink colour is from red grape skins). But after tasting a bunch of Rosé ciders, I realized I’m still drinking pink and they’re delicious!

Rosé Sorbet

Step aside Frosé…it’s time for Rosé Sorbet! Seriously though, this frozen Rosé dessert is just has refreshing and delicious as Frosé. It’s also so much easier to make! Visit the link for my super easy Rosé Sorbet recipe. You will not be disappointed! AND, it always wins over a crowd!

Rosés for Fall

Everyone is trying to hang on to the last of summer…but I can’t help but count down the days to autumn! And while Rosé is often considered a summer wine, I’ve made the case before and I’ll make it again, Rosé is for all seasons! Like with all wines, there are types suited to certain season, and you can find my favourite fall Rosés here.


Wine of the Week: Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé

For almost 20 years the Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé has been an Ontario benchmark wine. From the beginning, showing how great Ontario Rosé can be! And the 2018 Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé is just as amazing as every other year. The 2018 Rosé has the same deep pink colour and bright red berry flavours, but is even drier and crisper than previous years…and who doesn’t love that?! It’s a Rosé that’s bursting with deep strawberry and cherry flavours with a dry fresh finish. It pairs well with a variety of foods from chicken and pork to vegies and cheese. The perfect summer wine! Pick up the Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé at the LCBO for $16.95  or on sale by the case at the winery. My recommendation for a delicious and versatile summer Rosé – the Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé!

Wine of the Week - Malivoire Lady Bug Rose - Ontario Wines


Friday Favourites: Easter Prep

This week’s Friday Favourites are all about Easter preparation. I love getting inspired by the Easter holiday with it’s pretty pastel colours, lighter wines and festive cocktails. And with only 7 days until the weekend long celebration, I need all the inspo I can get. Hoppy Easter planning!

How to Master Your Easter Tablescape in 5 Easy Steps!

Jillian’s pretty pastel tablescape is giving me all the Easter inspiration!

The Best Wines to Serve on Easter

If you’re like me and always in charge of the wine, this list provides some great guidance on how to pair popular Easter dishes with the right wines.

32 Recipes to Make for Easter Brunch

My family doesn’t do an Easter brunch but this list is making me think that we should!

Get Yourself These Grown-Up Easter Gifts

I still love receiving and giving Easter gifts, and the Glitter Guide has some great adult gifting ideas.

Carrot Cocktails for the Easter Bunny

Replace your Easter brunch mimosa or Caesar with this easy and delicious carrot cocktail.

LOLA Wine Package

This LOLA wine package is the easiest way to prep your wine for Easter weekend! And get $3 off using my discount code LOLAGDW.