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We’ve Got Your Weekend Covered

November 24, 2017

Welcome to Drink Toronto’s weekly “Quick Sip Shopping” List of the steals, deals and awesome things in the world of food and drink we’ve seen this week. Designed to make your life easier, this round up is aimed at getting you in and out of the LCBO faster (perfect for those Union Station dashes to make the GO Train), and eliminate the humming and hawing over where to go for date-night.

Wines for the Weekend

Red

Tawse “Laundry Vineyard” Cabernet Franc, VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, ON 2013
$32.35 Vintages 130997
With some of the oldest Cab Franc vines in Niagara, the Laundry vineyard is also sustainably farmed. Gorgeous, spot-on CabFran here with  savoury nose of crushed bay leaf, black pepper, jalepeno jelly and cedar. Palate is rich and dense with smokey black fruit and wild herb flavours.
Pair with: Lamb tagine with green olives

White

Robert Oatley “Signature Series” Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia 2016
$18.95 Vintages 350900
Fresh, crisp and light, this pours pale, nearly water-clear, lemon. Quite delicate and elegant with only the slightest touch of oak, stone fruit and citrus make up the flavours of this focused and energetic Chardonnay.
Pair with: Lobster mac and cheese

Sparkling

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc, Carneros, California NV
$34.95 Vintages 223792
100% Chrdonnay grapes made in the traditional method of Champagne, this classic sparkler ist tart and crisp with notes of yellow grapefruit, wildflower, pear tartlet and a subtle, fresh fennel note.
Pair with: Cheese fondue

That’s the Spirit

Pretty Ugly is whipping up a delicious Havana Club “Coattail” to celebrate Coats for Cocktails this Sunday (see You’ve Gotta Try This, below). We say cheers to that!

Havana Club 7 Year Old Rum, $34.95
Use in: See recipe above

Get Crafty

We had the good fortune to attend the Toronto Life Most Influential Party on Thursday, and Stiegl was one of the beers being poured. And poured. And poured. It seems you can lead a swanky crowd to fine wine and scotch, but after a while, it’s time for a thirst-quenching, refreshing beer. Exhibit A.

Stiegl Bier $2.80, 500 mL can

You Gotta Try This

Coats for Cocktails
Pretty Ugly Bar, 1237 Queen St W., prettyuglybar.com
Harry’s Charbroiled, 160 Springhurst Ave., harryscharbroiled.com
Tennessee Tavern, 1554 Queen St. W., facebook.com/tennesseetavern
Do good and drink good this Sunday!
On November 26, bring a winter coat to Pretty Ugly, Harry’s Charbroiled or Tennessee Tavern and get a free cocktail. All coats will be donated to New Circles Community Services, which helps new Canadians and low income earners get the clothing, skills and social connections for a stronger life. Over the next four months, New Circles aims to provide warm clothing for about 8,000 refugees and newcomers who now call Toronto home. Do it for the cause, or do it for the cocktail, but either way hit up any one of these awesome Parkdale spots for a great drink, great time, and great charity.