We’ve Got Your Weekend Covered
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
Beni di Batasiolo Rosso, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy 2014
$16.95 Vintages 981019
Langhe is a wine growing region in Piedmont that grows the all-important red Nebbiolo grape of Barolo and Barbaresco, but in a simpler, more easy drinking style than it’s powerhouse cousins. This red also blends in the other red grapes of Piedmont, Dolcetto and Barbera for a juicy, fresh wine full of sweet red cherry, dried tobacco and menthol notes. Generous and approachable, this is a great wine for Saturday night dinner parties with friends.
Pair with: Truffle risotto
M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Blanc, Cotes du Roussillon, Midi, France 2015
$15.95 Vintages 485686
An aromatic white blend dominated by Grenache Blanc, there’s also Macabeu, Marsanne and Rolle in varying proportions. Delicious and inviting with juicy flavours of stone fruit, sweet citrus, white blossom and a tiny hint of crushed rock, this is dangerously drinkable. And at this stellar price, dangerously affordable.
Pair with: Butternut squash soup
Premius Cremant de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France NV
$19.95 Vintages 515239
Lively and fresh with vibrant notes of lemon and green apple balanced by creamier white cherry and raspberry notes. An interesting blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Semillon, this is a very enjoyable sipper.
Pair with: Pasta with garlic cream sauce
That’s the Spirit
Raisin, orange peel, toffee, caramel …. these are the flavours of fall. With temperatures starting to get more seasonal, it’s time to get warm and cozy.
Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel $40.20, 750 mL
Use in: Cuban Daiquiri
It’s Halloween weekend. You know we gotta do it. Available in limited quantities for the season, this amber coloured ale has nutmeg, cinnamon, and, of course, pumpkin flavours.
St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale $2.90, 500 mL can
You Gotta Eat Here
1214 Queen St W
Swanky cocktails and well crafted dining aside, Gladstone is the place to scare and be scared this Halloween weekend. Known for their killer all Hallow’s Eve theme parties, this Saturday the annual event is based on Game of Thrones as the trendy, artisan hotel transforms into the Dragonstone, an mythical hotel known for entertaining Starks, Lannisters and any other legendary creature of ill or sinister repute. Join the fun this Saturday from 9pm-2am, entry is $35. And if the medieval carousing has you feel a bit like death warmed over the next day, drag your weary soul back to Gladstone for a comforting brunch – served 8 – 4.