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Katrina Schlegl
 
March 31, 2018 | Katrina Schlegl

Ciders for the Summer!

My go to cider is usually Strongbow Original Dry.  It is always crisp, dry, and refreshing! I decided to try some new ciders and hopefully find a new summer drink.

Broken Ladder
Okanagan, British Columbia
4-pack for $15.49 (cans)

This premium craft cider is made from six different kinds of BC apple varieties. It has no added flavors, colours, water, or sugar. It is also not made from concentrate. This means it classifies as a “real” apple cider. You can immediately tell it is made 100% from apples because of how flavorful and bright it tastes. While considered a dry cider it does have a bit of natural sweetness making it the perfect summer drink. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a sweeter cider and wants to try something new.

 

Savanna Dry Cider
South Africa
4-pack for $12.99 (bottles)

This premium cider is able to perfectly balance the crisp apple flavors with a dry mouth feel. It doesn’t have that overwhelming sweetness or syrupy texture that ciders with added sugar have. Try with a lemon wedge to top it all off!

“The cider equation: Apples + fermentation + micro-filtering + chill-filtering = Savanna Dry” - Savanna Cider

 

Pommies Original Cider
Ontario
4-pack for $17.49 (bottles)

Pommies Cider is made from 100% Ontario apples from the Pommie cidery in Caledon, Ontario. I found this was the lightest of all the ciders I have tried. This makes it very easy drinking and refreshing. It is also nice and bubbly without tasting overly carbonated.

While browsing the Pommies website I also discovered a great recipe to try this summer!

POMMSICLE
This Pommies Popsicle is sure to do the trick this summer.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

355ml bottle of Pommies Cider

Mint Leaves

Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

Greek Yogurt

Strawberry Purée

DIRECTIONS:

Layer one

- Pour 20% Pommies Cider, 80% strawberry purée with freshly squeezed lemon (mixed) into mold

- Let sit for 30 minutes before starting next layer

* A tip, add a splash of honey to your layers for flavour

Layer Two

- Pour 20% Pommies Cider, 80% Greek yogurt and mint leaves (mixed) into a mold

- Let sit for 30 minutes before starting next layer

Layer Three

- 20% Pommies Cider, 80% freshly squeezed lemon

Once everything is poured into the mold, put mold in freezer and let sit for 3-5 hours. Once complete, enjoy an adult-friendly booze Popsicle!

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2018 at 12:47 PM
Katrina Schlegl
 
March 5, 2018 | Katrina Schlegl

Who Doesn't Love Sauvignon Blanc

Most people start drinking popular New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs such as Kim Crawford or Oyster Bay. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary,  try one of these recommendations instead!

Sea Breeze Sauvignon Blanc $17.99
Marlborough, New Zealand

This is a great inexpensive pick if you are wanting to try something new! This light Sauvignon Blanc has a balanced acidity and excellent flavour characteristics. It has herbaceous notes as well as fruity flavours such as passionfruit and gooseberry. Pairs perfectly with pasta and seafood.

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc $20.99Marlborough, New Zealand

If you are looking to try a great quality Sauvignon Blanc this is for you. Astrolabe makes incredible wines that express New Zealand's long, cool growing season. This particular wine is medium-bodied with a variety of citrus and fruit flavours, which creates a complex mouth feel. It has a gentle acidity and a minerally finish. Pair with chicken and a light salad.

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc $27.99
Marlborough, New Zealand

Last but not least, we have my favorite Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 vintage of Greywacke was awarded 91 points by Decanter and 93 points by Wine and Spirits. I was not disappointed when I tried this for the first time and would definitely spend the $27.99 all over again. It has surprising fruit flavours such as peaches and cantaloupe. You may also notice light floral notes or elderflower.

 

BONUS

Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc $19.99
Casablanca Valley, Chile

New Zealand is known for its Sauvignon Blancs, but other countries have created notable Sauv Blancs as well. If you are feeling adventurous and want to try something quite different this is the wine for you. The first thing you might notice is the stronger jalapeno pepper notes on the nose. In the mouth, some of the jalapeno pepper notes will transfer over along with flavors of ginger and citrus zet.

Time Posted: Mar 5, 2018 at 11:58 AM
Katrina Schlegl
 
May 26, 2017 | Katrina Schlegl

How white wine drinkers can transition into red wines!

Lots of people first get into drinking wine by starting with sweeter whites and then working their way into drier styles of whites. To transition into red wine a great place to start is with sweet reds, then move towards lighter bodied Pinot Noirs, and then finally to bigger richer red varietals. If you start with a full-bodied, dry Cabernet Sauvignon right away it may taste bitter, so start by developing your palate slowly. Here is a few great lighter red wines to try!

Casa Bella Vino Frizzante $14.99
Veneto, Italy
This is a sweet sparkling wine that is a great pick for any wine-drinker who enjoys Moscato. It has red rose aromas and tasting notes of wild berries. This wine is very easy to drink with an alcohol level of only 7%. 

Conviction Pinot Noir $14.99
BC VQA British Columbia
This is a perfect red to start off with because it is light bodied, fruit forward, with very soft tannins. It has a medium acidity that pairs great with food. Try with roast chicken or pepperoni pizza!

Fantini Farnese Sangiovese $13.49
Puglia, Italy
The Fantini Sangiovese is a medium bodied, dry red. I found this to be a fruity forward with tasting notes of black cherry and cranberries. Great on its own or try with pasta!

Time Posted: May 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Katrina Schlegl
 
May 24, 2017 | Katrina Schlegl

Inexpensive Rieslings to try this Summer!

Landlust Organic Riesling  $14.99
Mosel, Germany 
“It needs not much: a few friends, a lovely wine and a tree on which we can lean on..." 
This beautiful organic Riesling is perfect on a hot day! It is a wonderfully balanced wine that is not too dry or too sweet. It has delicious citrus flavours of citrus, peach and pear. These delicate flavour notes leave a nice aftertaste and will make you wanting another glass! Serve nice and chilled. Great on its own or try pairing with a fruity salad to compliment the fruity tasting notes. 

Primo Amore Riesling $13.99
Puglia, Italy 
"Soft & Sweet"
This Italian Riesling is perfect for someone who usually drinks Moscato and wants to try getting into other white wines! It still has a little bit of sweetness and is very fruit forward. It also has a lower alcohol content of 10.5% which makes this an easy wine to drink. If you are trying to find a sweeter Riesling or Moscato you can also look at the alcohol content to help you out! The lower the alcohol, the sweeter the wine. Loads of tropical fruit notes and lemon custard on the nose with ripe pears on the palate. Try pairing with poached pears and vanilla ice cream.

Devil’s Rock Riesling $13.99
Pfalz, Germany 
“Crisp and Refreshing”  
I have chosen this off-dry Riesling for my third pick because I was very surprised at the quality of this wine for the price. It has notes of citrus and lemon making it crisp and refreshing. Pair this with a light tomato salad to compliment the acidity of this wine! 

 

 

 

Time Posted: May 24, 2017 at 2:01 PM
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