SPARKLING HORS D’OEUVRES

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By Kathy Jollimore Champagne and other sparkling wines are truly the drinks of celebration, pairing well with everything from classics such as caviar and oysters to less traditional pairings. SAY “CHEERS” Toast friends, and the world of sparkling wines. Country Language Word Pronunciation Translation France French A Votre Santé Ah vo-tre sahn-tay To Your Health…

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PASTA SIMPLICE

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Simplice in Italian means simple. The beauty of most Italian-inspired pasta dishes is the immense amount of flavour they offer compared to the preparation time. These recipes are quick and easy to prepare and require few ingredients. Have an Italian inspired dinner party by placing large bowls of these pastas in the middle of the table…

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CLASSIC AMERICANA & CANADIANA

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These dishes, inspired by classic recipes from north and south of the 49th parallel, are simply comforting. Try them with a wine or beer from North America. Shrimp Po’ Boys 4 servings Prep Time: Less than 1 hour Total Time: Less than 1 hour Ingredients   1 lb Chedabucto Bay shrimp 1 cup flour2 tsp…

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SPIRITED GIFTS

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This holiday season, personalize your gift giving with homemade treats. Friends and family will appreciate the thoughtfulness of edible gifts, especially when accompanied by a bottle of liqueur or a fine spirit. Like this? Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Liqueur, 750 ml, $29.99 Try that RumChata, 750 ml, $29.99 Like this? Lamb’s Navy 151 Overproof, 750 ml, $35.99 Try that Mount Gay Black Barrel, 750 ml, $39.99…

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The root of the matter

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Some of the best fall flavours are found underground. Locally grown root vegetables boast powerful, earthy notes that don’t need to be limited to side dish status. Head to the cellar, grab some vegetables and a bottle of wine. Let’s get to the root of the matter and discover the essence of cooking with these locally inspired recipes. Occasions Recommends…

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Pretty in pink

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Consider a seasonal refreshment for summer parties such as a pink-hued rosé. This versatile wine pairs well with a wide variety of foods from fresh cheese to grilled vegetables, making it a perfect match for a menu bursting with fresh summer flavours. Occasions Recommends Olivares Jumilla Rosé, Spain, $14.99 Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay…

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Sips and Dips: A Spring Wine Tasting Party

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A spring wine tasting party is the perfect opportunity to bring fresh flavour and bright colour to the table.  Served alongside colourful dipping sauces, these skewered appetizers can easily be made in advance and reheated, making entertaining a snap.  Serve them all at once with a flight of wines to match. Vegetable Pakora with Cilantro-Mint…

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Cheese Please

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Take the stress out of entertaining this holiday season with these four simple cheese hors d’oeuvres. With each recipe, you will discover two great wine selections that pair perfectly with each dish, as we believe if you “like this” you might also want to “try that.”   New Kids on the Cheese Block It isn’t…

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