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Somm Selections: Rosé Wine Recommendations

Somm Selections: Rosé Wine Recommendations

Looking for the inside track on some great rosé wines this summer? From easy drinking to food friendly, these wines are sure to be at the top of your favourites list. Here are some rosé recommendations from JustWine’s own Certified Sommelier.

I'm very much about drinking pink all year round, but this summer's hottest beverage is Rosé. The popularity of dry rosé has been on a steady incline for a few years, but it seems to be exploding right now. Here are my top rosé wine recommendations from wineries around the world that will set your summer...
You Had Me at Merlot

You Had Me at Merlot

Softly spoken words of love...

The succulent sweet nectar hits your lips and your entire body tingles.  A feeling of warmth caresses your body, like being cloaked in a heavy velvet blanket.  Smooth and silky, it wraps itself around every inch of your soul.  You find yourself immersed in its comforting embrace. The excitement of what’s...
Que Syrah, Syrah!

Que Syrah, Syrah!

Syrah, Shiraz, Potato, PoTAHto...

You've probably seen the term Syrah and Shiraz used interchangeably, and while they ARE the same grape, the region in which they are grown is totally different. Syrah is what they call it in France and most of the United States, as well as some South American countries. Shiraz is what they call it everywhere...
The Rosé Wine Collection

The Rosé Wine Collection

Drinking Pink All Year Round! #roséallday

What's in my wine glass?   Rosé. Always Rosé. It’s the most versatile wine for any occasion and I drink pink all year long. There’s a big misconception about rosé wine and I’ve made it my personal mission to shatter those myths and get everyone all board the rosé train. People often associate anything...

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Chardon-eh: 10 Great Canadian Chardonnays for You to Try

Chardon-eh: 10 Great Canadian Chardonnays for You to Try

No, we’re not just all about beavers and maple syrup. Canada has some pretty amazing wines, too. In particular, Chardonnay does very well in Canadian wine regions and are made in a variety of styles. There’s a Chardonnay for every palate in Canada and these are just a few to try.

Chardonnay is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. There are plenty of people that think Chardonnay is synonymous with the big, bold, buttery, oaky white wine that became very popular circa 1987 in Napa Valley, but Chardonnay is actually made in a variety of styles and flavours.    Award-Winning...
Somm Selections: Top Country & Western Wine Picks

Somm Selections: Top Country & Western Wine Picks

Gidddy up and get your cowboy on! Whether you’re in Alberta attending the Calgary Stampede or you’re kickin’ back on the homestead watching the sunset, these top western wines picks are sure to please your palate. Entertain with a Western theme and some old fashioned hospitality, with crowd pleasing Sommelier recommendations for the most fun you can have with your boots on!

  Get Your Cowboy On with these Country & Western Wine Recommendations It's the start of The Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth! This marks 10 days of cowboy boots, 10 gallon hats, buckin' broncos, western hospitality and fun for everyone. They say it's the most fun you can have...
Somm Selections: Wines for Independence Day

Somm Selections: Wines for Independence Day

Oh say, can you see some delicious wines from the United States of America? The US makes wine in each and every state, so there is bound to be a few styles from east coast to west coast that every wine drinker can enjoy. From cheap and cheerful, to thought-provoking and award-winning, American wines are some of the most sought after wines in the world. These recommendations from JustWine’s Certified Sommelier will help you choose the American wine style that you’ll want to drink over and over again.

  Whether you're celebrating the 4th of July or you're looking for a great American wine for any day of the year, here are some sommelier recommendations.   America the Beautiful Wine Country From the West Coast, through the Rocky Mountain region, the Great Lakes and the East Coast, the United...
Somm Selections: Canadian Wines for Canada Day

Somm Selections: Canadian Wines for Canada Day

I love Canada. I also have a lot of "true patriot love" for Canadian wines from across this great nation. I relish in wines “from far and wide, oh Canada” and look forward to celebrating Canada Day on July 1 each and every year... with a bottle of Canadian wine, of course. After all, we are the "true north, strong and free."

Join me in celebrating Canada's birthday by drinking Canadian wines this coming July 1. I have a few wine recommendations for the holiday weekend that are uniquely Canadian. These wines are from grape varietals or blends that showcase what Canadian wine is all about and how special each region is in...
Somm Selections: Wonderful Wines of the Okanagan Valley in Canada

Somm Selections: Wonderful Wines of the Okanagan Valley in Canada

The OK Valley is so much more than “ok” -- it’s remarkable! British Columbia, Canada is small, but special in the wine world. Okanagan Valley is the largest wine region within BC with 182 wineries stretching over 250 kilometres. These are only a few selections of the great Canadian wines of the Okanagan Valley.

Award-Winning Canadian Wines from the Okanagan Valley With our cool climate and unique terroir, we can make some pretty kick-a$$, award-winning wine that rival some of the top wines in the world. Steven Spurrier said it best about BC Wines, "Your wines are sensational!" It's a new and small wine region...
Somm Selections: Canned Wine for Connoisseurs

Somm Selections: Canned Wine for Connoisseurs

Not sure which wines to take camping, backpacking or to the beach this summer? Canned wines are making a big splash this season and this segment of Somm Selections is all about quality canned wines for connoisseurs. Don’t turn your nose up at wine from a can because wine lovers everywhere are turning to wine-to-go for convenience and it’s time you did, too. Here are my top picks for great wines you’ll find in a can.

For the wine enthusiast that says to me, "I only drink wine that comes from a bottle...  with a cork."  Well, I say to you good sir (or madam), "You are indeed a snob...  and you're missing out."   Why Choose Canned Wine Over Bottles? The Convenience of Canned Wine: Sometimes the best answer...
Somm Selections: Old World Wines vs New World Wines

Somm Selections: Old World Wines vs New World Wines

JustWine’s Own Certified Sommelier Gives You Delicious Picks for Old World and New World Wines

Confused about wine labels? You're not alone! The world of wine can be a bit confusing, but we can help to eliminate the mystery surrounding what is an Old World wine versus what is a New World wine.   What is a New World Wine? New World wine regions are wine producing countries outside of...
Somm Selections: Rosé Wine Recommendations

Somm Selections: Rosé Wine Recommendations

Looking for the inside track on some great rosé wines this summer? From easy drinking to food friendly, these wines are sure to be at the top of your favourites list. Here are some rosé recommendations from JustWine’s own Certified Sommelier.

I'm very much about drinking pink all year round, but this summer's hottest beverage is Rosé. The popularity of dry rosé has been on a steady incline for a few years, but it seems to be exploding right now. Here are my top rosé wine recommendations from wineries around the world that will set your summer...
Somm Selections: A Collection of Favourite Summer Wines

Somm Selections: A Collection of Favourite Summer Wines

Picking out a summer wine isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need a little help choosing a wine style to suit the weather or the occasion. Here are my top picks to help you decide on summer wines styles, no matter what you're doing this summer.

Summer is the season for warm days, cooler nights, backyard barbecues, weddings, beach time and sitting around a campfire. I'm JustWine’s own Certified Sommelier and here are my recommendations for summer wine styles you can choose no matter what summer throws at you.   Winning Wines for Warm Days For...
Wines for A Summer Stroll through Southern France

Wines for A Summer Stroll through Southern France

Imagine you're traveling along France’s Southern coastline. Every stop along the way has something new. Take a stroll along a sandy beach, through an orchard or vineyard. Take in the historical monuments, baroque architecture and limestone mansions. Stop and rest at one of the many sidewalk cafés then shop the busy markets. Wherever you go, don’t forget to sip and savour the region’s delicious wines.

The Wines of Provence Provence was once home to painter Paul Cézanne (1839–1906); F. Scott Fitzgeral (1896–1940) who, while in Provence, wrote The Great Gatsby; and Renaissance physician/clairvoyant, Michel de Nostredame aka: Nostradamus (1503–1566). Here you'll find exquisite cuisine such as: Tapanade...
Essential Wines of Oregon

Essential Wines of Oregon

Oregon is often compared to Burgundy and Alsace in climate, varieties and style. However, there is something very exciting about this Pacific Northwest region that no other region in the world has. In it you’ll find trend setters, biodynamic farmers, rule breakers and collaborators.

  Oregon Wine By The Numbers Oregon is a beautiful state with high quality, artisanal wineries, most of which produce less than 5000 cases of wine per year. To put this in perspective, Chateau Ste Michelle in Washington produces about 2 million cases each year and California’s Gallo churns out...
15 for Under $15 (for Making Mulled Wine)

15 for Under $15 (for Making Mulled Wine)

I love making mulled wine! It's fun to tinker with recipes, it’s quick, and as Paul from the Just Wine coding corner says, “It’s Christmas potpourri with added health benefits”. In preparation for this holiday season, I’ve pulled together this quick list for anyone looking to make a hot glass of mulled wine in less than 30 minutes while not breaking the bank.

Firstly, You can’t make mulled wine without a recipe – get started with 4 of the best mulled wine recipes we could find on the web!   You can use any of the wines attached to this post, but if you can’t find them in your home or liquor store, don’t worry, there’s a quick reference below for other wines...
CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - November 2015

CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - November 2015

November 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - Wines & Tasting Notes! Get these six great wines for $76.99 now until the end of November.

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
Riesling Revelry

Riesling Revelry

More versatile than "too sweet", Riesling wines come in a few different styles and some you might like more than others. Here's the complete grape profile to get your Riesling knowledge beyond basic.

Riesling, such a pretty and versatile grape however; often it's misunderstood. It seems to fall into a category of love it or hate it. Most wine drinkers that do not like this varietal associate it with being ‘too sweet’. If you fall into this category, I will be preaching from the vineyard in hopes...
Halloween Booooooooos! Wicked and Wild Wines for October Nights.

Halloween Booooooooos! Wicked and Wild Wines for October Nights.

Halloween is the best — and it isn’t just for kids! Check out these crazy wines that definitely inspire spooooky vibes this October 31.

  The Best Wines to Pair with Haunted Halloween Nights are RIGHT HERE! Turn off all the lights, throw on a movie likeThe Shining or The Exorcist, and open a bottle of spooky wine.   We've got more ways to dress up your WINE this Halloween 1. Take your Halloween spirit (see what we did...
CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - October 2015

CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - October 2015

October 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - Wines & Tasting Notes!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
A Taste of charbar

A Taste of charbar

This #EliteEvent event was hosted in partnership with charbar, Yelp and Just Wine to bring together the top wine and food enthusiasts in Calgary. It was a splendid experience with great turnout and the atmosphere, wine and food selection were really over the top.

Oh Wow!  Charbar sure knows how to put on a great event! The food was plentiful and truly amazing, the wines were great and the space was phenomenal. Co-chef/owners Connie Desousa and John Jackson, Executive Chef Jessica Pelland, and the rest of the charbar staff, including David Keall (@calgarywaiter)...
CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - September 2015

CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - September 2015

September 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - Wines & Tasting Notes!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
High & Mighty – Napa Valley’s Mountain Vineyards

High & Mighty – Napa Valley’s Mountain Vineyards

Napa Valley is the most recognizable United States wine growing region in the US and around the world. The Napa Valley is an AVA or American Vineyard (Viticulture) Area. You may not be surprised to discover that the Napa Valley was the very first AVA to be designated once the USA adopted this geographical indication system in 1981.

What is an AVA? It is a vineyard area, which reflects unique characteristics of an area’s terroir or environment. The term is an approximation of France’s AOP system, developed in the early 1930s to designate high quality regions and vineyards from more generic ones.  Thus a wquality level is associated...
Bubbles Galore!

Bubbles Galore!

Who says you can't drink Champagne on a Monday?

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” F. Scott Fitzgerald There seems to be a common misconception that sparkling wines should be reserved for special occasions, I say, to heck with that! Everyday should be a special occasion. In my opinion, bubbles are ALWAYS better....
Pizza and Wine - What Could Be Better?

Pizza and Wine - What Could Be Better?

What wines go with your favourite slice

My favourite food hands down is pizza. Always has been, always will be. I could eat it morning, noon, and night. Friday nights as a kid, it was pizza night in my house. Best night of the week. Pizza and pop to end the week, what could be better I thought … Now when I think of pizza, I automatically think...
CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - 90+ Point Wines - August 2015

CO-OP Wine Discovery Pack - 90+ Point Wines - August 2015

August 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - 90+ Point Wines & Tasting Notes!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
CO-OP Wine Discover Pack - August 2015

CO-OP Wine Discover Pack - August 2015

August 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - Wines & Tasting Notes!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
The Hardy Wines of Door County, Wisconsin

The Hardy Wines of Door County, Wisconsin

Check out this cold-hardy wine region.

We've got another great wine region destination for you, suggested by one of our fantastic Just Wine readers! Nestled between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, the Door County Wine Trail offers some of the Midwest's best wineries.  The Door County peninsula offers cold-hardy vineyards that...
5 Reasons To Love Merlot

5 Reasons To Love Merlot

Is Merlot your favorite wine? Here's some reasons it could be.

It has a Fascinating History.  It is believed that French winemakers named Merlot for the deep blue-black color of the grapes. Merlot translates to "little blackbird." The oldest reference to Merlot dates back to 1784!   It's Popular Around the World.  Merlot is the second most popular wine...
Are There Any Sulfite-Free Wines?

Are There Any Sulfite-Free Wines?

Helping you find wines without added sulfites.

A lovely fan on our Just Wine Facebook page had a fantastic question for us: Where can she find sulfite-free wines? So, Debra, we got to investigating! Turns out, there's not a huge selection. (Here's a quick explanation why from Wines.com.) But, that doesn't mean they don't exist! In fact,...
Best Wines To Have With A Chocolate Silk Pie

Best Wines To Have With A Chocolate Silk Pie

Plus a dessert recipe that's to die for.

So, the New York Times just shared a chocolate silk pie recipe that is mouth watering.  And it inspired a question. What's the best wine to pair with a delicious chocolate dessert?  Food & Wine suggests that you need a boldly flavored wine to match the  — something fruity and intense, such as a...
Amazing Wines From the Central Coast of California

Amazing Wines From the Central Coast of California

Check out these selections from a wine area that is experiencing huge growth.

We just got a note from one of our Just Wine users that we need to add Paso Robles to our featured cities on Just Wine. She called it a "huge wine growing area."  Don't worry, new friend of ours, we will! We checked it out, and she's right. Paso Robles Wine Country offers world-class wineries, tasting...
3 Stunning Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

3 Stunning Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

Start planning your next trip.

Piedmont, Italy One of the premier destinations for wine lover, Piedmont, Italy is in northwest Italy and borders Switzerland and France — with a view of the Alps in almost every direction.  Piedmont offers stunning natural views of the mountains, vineyards and valleys — as well as long rows of...
Charbar

Charbar

Calgary restaurant finds inspiration in the wood-fired grilling tradition of Argentina and, with it, influences in the culinary heritage of Spain and Italy.

The latest chef-owned restaurant in the thriving city of Calgary opens June 2015. Located in the revitalized and ever-growing community of East Village, charbar is part of a collaborative and unique concept destined to be a culinary destination, the first of its kind. Housed in the historical Simmons...
Charcut Roast House

Charcut Roast House

A Calgary-favourite place to eat, drink and gather. Serving award winning, local, chef-driven, urban-rustic cuisine.

PIONEERING ALBERTA'S URBAN-RUSTIC FOOD SCENE Led by co-chefs and co-owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa, CHARCUT Roast House is one of Canada’s most lauded restaurants. The restaurant’s every detail – from the reclaimed local barn wood panelling to the mason jar chandeliers – transports the...
The Rosé Wine Collection

The Rosé Wine Collection

Drinking Pink All Year Round! #roséallday

What's in my wine glass?   Rosé. Always Rosé. It’s the most versatile wine for any occasion and I drink pink all year long. There’s a big misconception about rosé wine and I’ve made it my personal mission to shatter those myths and get everyone all board the rosé train. People often associate anything...
CO-OP Wine Discover Pack - July 2015

CO-OP Wine Discover Pack - July 2015

July 2015 Wine Discovery Pack - Wines & Tasting Notes!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and  pick up our monthly...
Sneak-A-Sip Second Annual Stampede Shin-Dig

Sneak-A-Sip Second Annual Stampede Shin-Dig

A great selection from Truve Wines to celebrate the 2015 Calgary Stampede!

Slap on your cowboy hat and boots for our Second Annual Sneak-A-Sip! Last year, we celebrated The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with the official launch of Just Wine, a wine app for wine people! Fast-forward a year...and what a year it has been! Not only is Just Wine one of the fastest growing wine...
Truvé Wines

Truvé Wines

Calgary's premier wine boutique, now open in Victoria Park!

Truvé Wines in Calgary connects discerning consumers with the world’s most exclusive wines and spirits. Distinguished by our unique retail experience and superior product quality, our exceptional selection is the hallmark of fine and rare wines. We search the globe to find the most dedicated and passionate...
Rioja, Spain

Rioja, Spain

Rioja labels...what do they mean?

Located on the southwest tip of Europe, east of Portugal and south of France, Spain has the most vineyard land than any other wine producing region on earth, at 2.9 million acres of planted vines.  It is the third highest wine producing country, behind France and Italy, largely because of the lower yields...
The Wines of Long Island

The Wines of Long Island

Explore the treasure of the East Coast

Just a couple hour drive east of New York City lies a wine region that, until recently, few people knew about.  When people think of Long Island they think of the uber exclusive Hamptons, sandy beaches, and Billy Joel.  Over the last few decades Long Island has quietly been producing wines that are ever...
Wines for Cooking

Wines for Cooking

“I cook with wine...sometimes I even add it to the food!”

Cooking with wine can be a challenge because it’s hard for any chef to keep the wine in the pot and not in their mouth! If you have enough self control to keep at least some of the wine in your dish, there are a few things to remember.   Wine acts as a moisturizer for food.  With this in mind, remember...
You Had Me at Merlot

You Had Me at Merlot

Softly spoken words of love...

The succulent sweet nectar hits your lips and your entire body tingles.  A feeling of warmth caresses your body, like being cloaked in a heavy velvet blanket.  Smooth and silky, it wraps itself around every inch of your soul.  You find yourself immersed in its comforting embrace. The excitement of what’s...
So Many Sangrias!

So Many Sangrias!

Refreshing and fruity, the perfect summer sipper!

Sangria…from the Spain and Portugal regions of Europe, they are a perfect weekend kick-start, or patio refreshment on a hot day; loaded with fruit and flavour, and *generally* low in alcohol, they’re perfect for get-togethers in or out! But here’s the best part, they’re as varied and colourful as fish...
It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere

It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere

No matter where you are...

For Mondays.  For the parents of toddlers.  For the parents of teenagers.  For parents in general.  For girls night.  For boys night.  For Wine Wednesday.  For bad days at the office.  For winning the big game.  For losing the most important one.  To celebrate with friends.  To mourn with family.  For...
Pinot Noir, You're a Star!

Pinot Noir, You're a Star!

Pinot Noir, In the boudoir

The Pinot Noir grape is one of the most underrated grapes out there.  It’s profile has a huge range of aromas and flavours, and it is incredibly food friendly.  Yet, it remains one of the most misunderstood grapes.  And can you blame people for not jumping to the Pinot Noir aisle at the grocery store,...
Que Syrah, Syrah!

Que Syrah, Syrah!

Syrah, Shiraz, Potato, PoTAHto...

You've probably seen the term Syrah and Shiraz used interchangeably, and while they ARE the same grape, the region in which they are grown is totally different. Syrah is what they call it in France and most of the United States, as well as some South American countries. Shiraz is what they call it everywhere...
Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese

Cheese is to wine what icing is to cake. It enhances the flavors and textures of wine. It helps to soften the palate and tannins of a big and bold red wine. Salts in cheese can be balanced with a crisp white wine. And while drinking a bottle of wine to yourself on a Friday night sounds like fun,...
Around the World in 80 Wines

Around the World in 80 Wines

We've traveled the world to find you the best wines for your buck, and shopping the aisles at your local wine store is easy with our 80 Wines of the World list. We're always adding new countries so keep watching to see what country will be next!
Toscana Italian Grill

Toscana Italian Grill

Fresh, authentic Italian cuisine awaits you at Toscana Italian Grill. Our classic Italian menu includes pizzas, pastas, and delicious traditional entrees are sure to have your mouth watering. Our pizzas are stone oven baked, desserts and breads are made from scratch, pastas and pizzas feature Gluten...
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