Author: Thomas Hoad

Grape and Wine (2018) PART THREE: Konzelmann Estate Winery

There are things I miss sometimes now that I don’t live in Niagara. The list seems to grow longer with my prolonged absence. One thing I miss greatly is peaches. Man, those peaches. August hits and it’s all I could think about when I was a kid. Yeah, we find them in Toronto grocery stores

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Grape and Wine (2018) PART TWO: Rosewood Estates Winery

I grew up on a cul-de-sac full of friendly neighbours that — no joke — would actually come over and borrow a cup of sugar (or other ingredients). It was a simpler time. The coolest thing in the world to me, as an adult, are neighbour wineries. Mostly because I only have to stumble a

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Grape and Wine (2018) PART ONE: Angel’s Gate

Have you ever had a hangover last two days and think, “Yeah. I earned that one”? Yeah. Yeah, you probably have. But have you ever woken up the next morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, feeling like you completely avoided the jet-lag on your return flight from Drunk Town? Yeah. Yeah, you probably have. And doesn’t it

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2017 Sandbanks Pinot Grigio vs Super Nibs

There’s a lot to be said for cold, easy-sipping, summer wine. And then there’s also that wonderful flavour of cherry licorice that reminds me of road-trips that I used to take every summer from St. Catharines, ON, to Sauble Beach, ON. My grandmother always had nibs or licorice because it would shut my brother and

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Caroline Cellars Farmer’s Blueberry Wine Brings All the Boys to the Yard

We made a god damned milkshake. And we’re like, it’s better than… you get the freakin’ idea. Thing is, this is the best time of the year for fruit in Ontario and we’ve been eating peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries non-stop for the entire month of August. This is, personally, my favourite time of year

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2016 Konzelmann Pinot Noir vs Reese Minis

I grew up in Niagara and with that comes a certain familiarity with the wines in that region. Konzelmann Estate Winery has been a semi-frequent stop for me since my early twenties. They’ve consistently produced good wines at good prices with the odd surprise to keep things interesting (like their peach wine). Also, I really

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2015 Galharda Tinto vs Steak Flavoured Doritos (and cheese strings)

Portugal is nice. I liked the Jurassic World movie. I also have a very strong craving that comes and goes that drives my open mouth down on top of a series of Cool Ranch Doritos™. If you’re lazy and you want to just skip to the TL;DR, simply click here. Anyway, my love for both

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