The new Bespoke Fridge collection by Samsung is all about celebrating your personal kitchen style. And the best part? Everything is customizable. Choose from a two- or fourdoor configuration and get ready to select colours, with eight shades and two finishes to create from. Looking for a bigger fridge? No problem! Just add another column to your Bespoke Fridge to suit all your needs.
How to pick wine like a pro with Super Wine Girl, Angela Aiello
Tip #1 - New World is all about grapes and Europe is all about the place it’s from
The first thing to understand is that in places like Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, wines are labelled by the grapes inside the bottle. You’ll see grape names like Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Shiraz and Grenache, etc.
In many places in Europe, wines are labelled by the place they are from. You’ll see names of places such as, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Chianti, Barolo, Cahors, Priorat, Rioja and Sherry,
There are many varieties of grapes in the world and many regions that grow them. Each grape varietal and each region has a unique flavour profile - so there is always something to discover. Getting to know your favourite grapes and varietals is crucial in better understanding which wines you’ll prefer.
Tip #2 - Understand wine styles and have an idea of which style you’re craving
Do you drink according to your mood, the weather or what food you’re pairing with the wine? Your wine preferences may change based on your mood, the occasion, the time of year or what you’re preparing for the next meal. Give your style words and feelings so that you can pinpoint exactly what wine you want to try.
Tip #3 - Don’t Judge a wine by the label or price
Flashy art or a higher price tag can lead you to believe you are purchasing quality wine. Be mindful this is not always the case. Read the labels (both front and back). You can even research the producer for added information as you can learn more about the product and the producer’s work. A nice wine label or bottle on sale will get you once but it might not get you again. There are great wines at great prices and also great wines with great labels, but judging just on looks or price is not the way to buy wine.
Tip #4 - Be open to taking a wine adventure
Did you know the Canary Islands makes wine? Did you know Washington State makes killer Cabernet and that Argentina grows vineyards at high elevation, creating exceptional mountain wines? There is so much cool stuff to learn about wine that you can literally have an adventure in every single bottle you open! You can learn about the world in every sip, and that's really exciting, especially right now when it’s hard to travel. You can taste the world from the comfort of your home with a glass of wine in your hand and Google by your side.
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Prosecco Rosé is finally available at the LCBO and we are tickled pink about it. In order for it to be labeled Prosecco Rose, the grapes used must come from a specific
geographic area that has passed the Italian government's quality requirements and be fermented for at least 60 days in stainless steel tanks. We predict the pink bubbly will be popular this season.
Prosecco Rose DOC by Ruffino. $17. lcbo.com
Cool and concealed
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All by Anna Olson Kitchen. thebay.com
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