Chef Clodagh McKenna make a turkey with Guinness

Enjoying our first Christmas Dinner of the Season with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna and Guinness!

What better way to spend a Wednesday night in Toronto than meeting Ireland’s most lovely Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, enjoying  a beautiful Irish Christmas dinner complete with a glass of Guinness! Doesn’t get much better than this!

We were invited to  Dish Cooking Studio for an intimate and interactive holiday entertaining event on November 28, 2018. Chef Clodagh McKenna shared her own personal holiday entertaining tips and tricks as well as providing a cooking demo of three holiday-inspired Guinness-based dishes perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  

Holiday Entertaining Audio Podcast Clodagh McKenna

Check out exclusive interview with Chef Clodagh on our audio podcast.

The Wine Ladies meet Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna at Dish Cooking School

Susanne, Chef Clodagh and Georgia. A toast of Guinness to bring in the holidays!

 

Check out all the recipes here below.

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura

Guinness Prawn Tempura Ingredients

METHOD
1. For the batter, sift the flour and soda together into a medium bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and Guinness. Whisk from the centre outwards until just combined. Allow the batter to stand for a few minutes in a cool place.
2. Heat the canal oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan until a breadcrumb sizzle and turn brown when dropped into it.

Dip the prawns into the batter

3. Dip the prawns into the batter and carefully add to the hot oil to deep-fry in batches for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
4. To make the chilli aioli crack the egg yolks into a bowl along with a teaspoon of dijon mustard and lightly whisk. Whisk the oils into the egg yolks slowly. The agile will begin to get thick and creamy. Stir in the white wine vinegar, garlic and chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
5. Serve the chilli aioli with the Guinness prawn tempura log its the rosemary salt.

Roast Pancetta Wrapped Turkey with Guinness and Chestnut Gravy

Chef Clodagh McKenna make a turkey with Guinness

Roast Pancetta Wrapped Turkey with Guinness and Chestnut Gravy

Chef Clodagh McKenna Turkey Ingredients

METHOD
1.Pre-heat the oven to 4ooF/gas mark 6
2. If you are using a frozen turkey its best to thaw the bird in the fridge. A turkey will need about 24 hours to thaw for every 4 lbs. Take the turkey out of the fridge one hour before roasting to allow the meat to relax and come to room temperature,  which will make the meat more tender. Next remove the giblets from the inside the bird’s cavity because these cannot be cooked with the turkey. Wash the cavity and dry completely with kitchen paper, then season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Fill the cavity of the turkey

3. Fill the cavity of the turkey with sprigs of fresh thyme, the cavity should only be filled half way to allow hot air to circulate and the turkey to to cook more evenly. Line the roasting tray first with the shallots, carrots, garlic and thyme. Place the turkey on top. This will flavour the turkey even whilst cooking.
4. Next stretch the strips of pancetta by rolling them with a rolling pin. Then arrange about three -quarters of the pancetta over the breast, overlapping the slices and wrap the legs and thighs with the remaining pancetta. Tuck the slices of orange around the turkey.
5. Lastly, place the turkey in the pre-heated oven. Then reduce the heat to 250F. After 45 minutes take the turkey out of the oven and baste the juices from the pan over the turkey. Cover loosely with tin foil and return to the oven and cook for three and a half hours. Continue to baste the turkey every 45 minutes.

Check to see if the turkey is cooked

6.Check to see if the turkey is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh. The juices should run clear. When you have taken the turkey out of the oven leave it to rest for 30 minutes with a loose tent of tin foil to keep it warm. This will allow the juices to redistribute themselves giving tastier meat.

7. Once the turkey has cooked and is resting on a board then make the gravy. Carefully pour 4 tbsp of the juices from the roasting tin into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Whisk in the flour, followed by the Guinness chicken stock, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 min, then whisk in the chestnut  puree and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Strain the gravy into a jug, discard the herbs.

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Carmel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

Guinness Maple and Ginger Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Caramel Sauce

METHOD

1. Sift the flour and soda into a bowl with the ground ginger. In a separate bowl, beat the butter with the sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the Guinness. Fold the dry ingredients into the creamed butter and egg mixture adding the milk to give a soft dropping consistency. Stir in nuts and raisins.
2. Spoon the mixture into a glass bowl, then cover with greased grease proof paper and foil, ,making a pleat in the centre of both. Tie securely with string. Suspend the bowl over a saucepan half filled with water over a medium heat. When the water comes to a boil reduce the heat and reduce to simmer. Steam the pudding for 1 1/2 hours, checking regularly to make sure that the pan doesn’t boil dry.

Next make the crystallized ginger caramel sauce.

3. Next make the crystallized ginger caramel sauce. Place the butter, cream and maple syrup together in a small pan and stir over a low heat until well mixed. Bring to a boil, simmer for three minutes, then stir in the finely chopped crystallized ginger.
4. Carefully tip the pudding on to a serving plate or cake stand and pour the crystallized ginger caramel sauce on top.

The Wine Ladies enjoy a change of pace with a beautiful glass of Guinness. Ireland's no 1 export! Cheers!

The Wine Ladies enjoy a change of pace with a beautiful glass of Guinness. Ireland’s no 1 export! Cheers!

Holiday Entertaining with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, Guinness, Chase Vodka and Irish Tears’ Whiskey

Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF time in Toronto!

TIFF 2018 The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

TIFF2018

Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF2018 time in Toronto!

Its just a few more days ( September 6th-16th) before movie madness will strike our fair city! Yes, thousands of actors, film fanatics, directors, writers and red carpet celebrities will descend upon us for the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival… a.k.a. TIFF2018.

 

TIFF2018

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

Listen to Peter Howell’s interview at 3:10 minutes in the show.

Toronto Star

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City's, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City’s, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Listen to Tricia Black’s in interview at 19:37 minutes in the show

She The People

The future is here and it’s female! Second City presents She The People – a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City!

Tickets on Sale now! https://bddy.me/2LsQfuL

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL's original cast,

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL’s original cast.

Listen to Dan Aykroyd’s  interview at 28:21 minutes in the show

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Getting into the spirit of the holidays! Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka and Senhora do Convento Port

Dr. Loosen, Loosen Up Riesling. PROST

On this week’s audio podcast. Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Susanne about to enjoy a delicious glass of Loosen Up Riesling on a Saturday afternoon by the lake.

Today we are learning so much about the stunning wines and unique and glorious landscape of the various wines regions of Germany. We’ve taken you on a Rhine River Cruise and an adventure for your palate of Germany’s great grape, Riesling and more.

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Erni Loosen, Award winning winemaker of Weingut Dr. Loosen

Coming up next on this week’s audio podcast, Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of

Dr. Loosen. A family affair for over 200 years here to share his story, perspective and his wines.

A family wine business for almost 200 year Erni was almost taken in by the ruins and becoming an archeologist. It was about 30 years ago that he first took control over the estate. Well the world of wine, German wines and the beauties of the Mosel Valley are certainly grateful he picked vines instead of rock formations!

Erin Loosen was named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year” in 2005, and WINE Challenge’s“White Winemaker of the Year “ in 2005

Listen to Erni Loosen at 36:50 minutes in the audio podcast.

he stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

The stunning Mosel Valley, with the severe slopes where Weingut Dr. Loosen is located.

New to the LCBO

Loosen Up Riesling

Loosen Up Riesling

 Two thirds of the worlds vineyards of Riesling are planted in Germany.

Meet Erni Loosen in person at the up coming Riesling & Co, A Night In Berlin event, June 20th at the Arcadian Loft, Toronto.

For tickets

Riesling & Co 2018

Riesling & Co 2018

Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

Audio Podcast 06222018 RhineTourAD

Coming up on the next audio podcast…Wines from the Rhine! Absolutely divine!

Join us June 20th. Riesling & Co, A Night in Berlin.The Arcadian Loft Toronto.

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!

Patti and Louis Jannetta

Don’t miss…Memories of Louis Jannetta and The Imperial Room, March 23rd.

Memories of Louis Jannetta and The Imperial Room

Memories of Louis Jannetta and The Imperial Room

Showtime: Friday, March 23, 2018

Location: RBC Theatre

Tickets: $35.00 – $55.00 (HST included, service fees extra)

This evening’s concert is a musical journey from the 50’s to the 90’s. Patti Jannetta will share warm stories of her father Louis Jannetta and his life among the stars as show business Maitre D’ at the iconic Royal York Hotel Imperial Ballroom. Memorable music will have guests travelling down the ‘historical steps of musical time’.

Tickets

Date Time Price
Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room March 23, 2018 07:30 pm $35.00 – $55.00 Buy Tickets

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast, Episode 66

Listen to Patti Jannetta at 37:43 minutes in the show.

Patti Jannetta-Baker

Patti Jannetta-Baker

Singer, song writer, actress and daughter Patti Jannetta-Baker of the late Louis Jannetta joins us on the show next. Patti is producing an incredible evening celebrating her father Louis Jannetta. She is bringing to life her father’s book King of the Maitre’d’s, My Life Among The Stars with an amazing event taking place March 23rd., “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room.”

Sir Charles Barkley at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

Louis Jannetta is the King of Maitre’D’s

Listen to excepts from our radio interview with Louis Jannetta on AM740 back in 2005.

Listen to Louis Jannetta at 44:29 minutes in the show.

About The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is an radio audio podcast on which we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine and to live life large and with integrity is intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe… Chatting with celebrity chefs, celebrity winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.

Listen to the Audio Podcast here

Think Green! Ya! Saint Patrick’s Day! On this week’s audio podcast with The Wine Ladies

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Think Green! Ya! Saint Patrick’s Day! On this week’s audio podcast with The Wine Ladies

Whether Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated worldwide!

Saint Patrick’s Day is a day of people dancing and singing in Irish pubs, like the one of our favourites in our home town, O’Finn’s Irish Temper. Watching parades and drinking lots of green beer, Irish whiskey and munching on Irish stew.

Do you know which city has the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?

1.New York City, 2.Dublin, 3.Sydney, 4.Boston

Saint Patrick's Day New York City Parade

Saint Patrick’s Day New York City Parade

Meanwhile in Chicago the GREEN goes to the extreme as they actually have a river dyeing ceremony. Just before their parade 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye is dumped in the Chicago River. The whole river turns a bright limes green colour.

Dyeing of the Chicago River, Saint Patrick's Day

Dyeing of the Chicago River, Saint Patrick’s Day

Starting off with our first guest, Tyler Born from O’Finn’s Irish Temper.

Owner Tyler Born, O'Finn's Irish Temper

Owner Tyler Born, O’Finn’s Irish Temper

Tyler and his brother Erin are the owners of O’Finn’s Irish Temper pub located in our home town of Oakville. They have taken the Irish pub to a new level. It’s upscale but still has the warmest hospitality, non pretentious, simply upbeat and great fun a “step up pub”. The huge focus is on fabulous fresh food and weekend entertainment.

Listen to Tyler Born at 4:47 minutes in the show.

Irish Whiskey is the focus next with Bernard Walsh of Writer’s Tears.

Bernard Walsh, founder Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of Writer's Tears Whiskey.

Bernard Walsh, founder Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of Writer’s Tears Whiskey.

What would Saint Patrick’s Day be without Irish Whiskey? We welcome back to the show Bernard Walsh,founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery. Producer of the multi-awarded “Writer’s Tears” Irish Whiskey. We learn a little bit about this unique old Irish Whiskey with a superb flavour and history.

Listen to Bernard Walsh at 15:16 minutes in the show.

Up next,Patti Jannetta Baker daughter and producer of “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room”.

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 Next we switch gears just a bit…

Singer, song writer, actress and daughter Patti Jannetta-Baker of the late Louis Jannetta joins us on the show next. Patti is producing an incredible evening celebrating her father Louis Jannetta. She is bringing to life her father’s book King of the Maitre’d’s, My Life Among The Stars with an amazing event taking place March 23rd., “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room.”

Listen to Patti Jannetta at 37:43 minutes in the show.

Sir Charles Barkley at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

Excepts from our radio interview with Louis Jannetta on AM740 back in 2005.

Listen to Louis Jannetta at 44:29 minutes in the show.

About The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is an radio audio podcast on which we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine and to live life large and with integrity is intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe… Chatting with celebrity chefs, celebrity winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.

Listen to the Audio Podcast here

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JUNO Cup, Jon Gallant and Mark Napier

JUNO Cup Rockers trade in their microphones for hockey sticks!

JUNO Cup Rockers trade in their microphones for hockey sticks!

JUNO Cup, The Rockers vs. The NHL Great, Jim Cuddy and Mark Napier.

JUNO Cup, The Rockers vs. The NHL Greats, Jim Cuddy and Mark Napier.

The Wine Ladies TV interviews with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Billy Talent’s Jon Gallant and Sarah Harmer and NHL Great Mark Napier.

First published Feb 11, 2011.

With less than two months to get ready for Juno Cup, presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Canada’s fearless musicians traded in their microphones for hockey sticks and sized up the competition.

Some of the NHL’s greatest players during the first-ever training camp that was held at the Ricoh Coliseum.

We were thrilled to be invited to witness some practice drills last week. The 8th annual Juno Cup will be held On Friday, March 25th where proceeds benefit MusiCounts for music programs across Canada.

Additional players for The Rockers and NHL Greats will be announced soon.

Check out our interviews with The Rockers Jim Cuddy: Jon Gallant: Sarah Harmer: and NHL Great Mark Napier. Highlights of the day here.

The Rockers Team:

Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy at the Juno Cup drills with Georgia, The Wine lLadies TV.

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy at the JUNO Cup drills with Georgia, The Wine Ladies TV.

Jim Cuddy 11-time JUNO Award winner with Blue Rodeo.

In 2016 we met up with Jim once more.Tawse Winery Summer Solstice Concert interview June 18th, 2016 with Jim Cuddy and The Wine Ladies TV

Andrew Scott and Chris Murphy Members of the JUNO Award-winning group, Sloan.

Juno Cup, Billy Talent, Jon Gallant, Susanne, The Wine Ladies TV

JUNO Cup drills, Billy Talent, Jon Gallant, Susanne, The Wine Ladies TV

Jon Gallant Seven-time JUNO Award winner with Billy Talent.

Peter Kesper Two-time JUNO Award nominee with NQ Arbuckle (in goal)

JUNO Cup drills, Juno Nominee Sarah Hammer, The Wine Ladies TV

JUNO Cup drills, Juno Nominee Sarah Harmer, The Wine Ladies TV

Sarah Harmer 2011 JUNO Award nominee

The NHL Greats:

Gary Roberts 89 Stanley Cup winner with Calgary Flames, and former Toronto Maple Leaf.

Gary Leeman 93 Stanley Cup winner with the Habs, and former Leaf.

JUNO Cup drills, NHL Mark Napier, Georgia, The Wine Ladies TV

JUNO Cup drills, NHL Mark Napier, Georgia, The Wine Ladies TV

Mark Napier Two-time Stanley Cup winner (Montreal and Edmonton)

Paul Coffey Hockey Hall of Fame, 2004.

Brad Dalgarno NY Islander’s first round pick and seven-season veteran.

Juno Cup will take place Friday, March 25, 7:30 pm at Ricoh Coliseum.

2018 JUNO Cup

This years’s JUNO Cup is being held March 23 in Burnaby BC. Jim Cuddy is back again on The Rockers team!

JUNO Cup tickets are available at Ticketmaster. Individual tickets to JUNO Cup are priced at $20 + fees.

Please note, $15 tickets (plus fees) are available when purchasing 10 or more, with all proceeds benefiting MusiCounts.

International Women's Day 2018 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

International Women’s Day 2018 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

International Women's Day 2018 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

International Women’s Day 2018 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

Join us on this week’s Audio Podcast, International Women’s Day 2018.

Episode 65: Feb 28th, 2018

We have a fantastic show for you today. And its all in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 coming up on March 8th. International Women’s Day was officially launched in 1911. As a result, 100 years later IWD is celebrated around the world. And therefore,1000’s of events take place honouring women everywhere for their various achievements.

We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of three extraordinary women. Two of which are in one of the most exciting and delicious businesses in the world, the world of WINE. Yes, it’s true! Therefore, we may be a little bias due to this world of wine being ours. And one other in the traditionally male dominated world of politics. You will want to meet THIS Mayor, she is a definite force!

Our esteemed guests on the show are as follows. First of all, Margo Van Staaveren Winemaker and General Manager of Chateau St. Jean. Up next, breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling! Mayor Bonnie Crombie.  Finally its back to vino with Marilisa Allegrini, owner of Italy’s 2016 Winery of the Year.

Jim Treliving, Dragon’s Den judge and founder Boston Pizza chats with The Wine Ladies TV.

Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra

La Dolce Vita With Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra.

La Dolce Vita With Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra

Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra

Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra

From the historic Italian city of Cremona where the most famous violin hails, begins the culinary journey of a man who would become one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra.

Massimo Capra’s passion for embracing life, for enjoying food, good drink, friends, family and the community is unparalleled. He simply draws you in to this world, his world, la dolce vita, or the sweet life!

And what an extensive world it is. Massimo came to Toronto in 1982 starting out at family owned Archers restaurant. By 1989 he became an acclaimed chef at Prego della Piazza where he remained until 1997. That year  he opened with Paolini, formerly of Splendido, Mistura Restaurant.

Skyrocketing from there!

Hit after hit Sopra Upper Lounge, Rainbow Room, Boccone and Soprano to name a few. Pleasing the palates of international travellers at Pearson airport and Hamad International Airport in Doha Qatar. This charismatic mustachioed chef is a force, with his latest venture Capra’s Kitchen recent opening in his hometown of Mississauga. Author and television host of many TV shows; Gourmet Escapes, Chef host on Restaurant Makeover, judge on hit show Chopped Canada and more. We salute Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra here!

Massimo grew up in a small town Cremona located in Lombardy northern Italy. We learn from Massimo, over a delicious glass of chilled Bersano 2015 Gavi di Gavi, that in Cremona most folks raised their own chickens. Like many folk Massimo lived on a dairy farm raised their own meat and lived off the land.

A story that was to be his first and his family’s first introduction to a fine cut of meat.

With only three butchers in his village butchering one animal each per week, it was only plentiful enough to serve the folks with better “means”. “For us the farmers, we went to buy the meat that was second grade, you know the kind of meat you had to boil for close to four hours to become tender”, Massimo explains.

After spending some time cooking and in cooking school, a new world of food opened up to him and ignited his passion.

Upon securing his first job, at the age of fifteen, he saved up enough money to buy four entrecote for himself and his family. “The butcher was skeptical at first”, said Massimo  but accepted Massimo’s pre-order only with prepayment. After a two week wait for delivery of this superior beef Massimo’s entrecôte was finally masterly cooked, served and applauded, from there Massimo never looked back!

Massimo and Daniel Capra photo shoot Power Boating Magazine

Chefs Massimo and Daniel Capra dishing up the pizza at ” Capra’s Kitchen”.

Capra’s Kitchen

Easily accessible, you can find Massimo today at “Capra’s Kitchen”, his latest restaurant venture located in Clarkson Village, in the heart of Mississauga. Opening to rave reviews, Capra’s Kitchen does not disappoint. The menu is creative, the dishes mouth watering and the presentation a feast for the eyes. Therefore, Massimo can be found either busy in the kitchen or on the floor chatting up the customers and posing for selfies.

What do they say? Behind every successful man is a woman. The point is Rosa, partner and wife is a big part of the magic here at Capra’s. Super talented, generous in spirit and warmth, everyone loves and respects Rosa! Clearly all the patrons enjoy a slice of Capra’s dolce vita.

The menu is focused on Massimo’s mouthwatering pastas, pizza and antipasto. We treated ourselves to a classic pizza, prepared by the hands of gifted Chef Daniel, son of Massimo! Yes, it is all in the family. The pizza Margherita was delish!

We are completely content, ready now to bid farewell. We will be back. Alas not so fast! Massimo motions and a glorious desert arrives, quintessentially Italian, a mouth watering Tiramisu. Not like we needed any kind of a lift,if you will, but tiramisu translates literally to “pick me up”, “cheer me up” or “lift me up”. We are already on cloud nine with such a fabulous evening of amazing food, great wine and in such an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Thank you everyone at Capra’s Kitchen, you all made it a special time. We will be back!

Over the years with Massimo, we look back and remember a few choice times we have spent together!

Check out…The Wine Ladies TV at Sopra Lounge, Toronto with Celebrities Massimo Capra and Emilio Fina.

Bersano Gavi di Gavi 2015 $17.95

Bersano Gavi di Gavi 2015

Gavi di Gavi comes from the district of Gavi located in Piedmont in northwestern Italy. It is made from the indigenous white grape Cortese, which dates back to the 17th century. These wines are known for its wonderful acidity from the lime-scented soils in this area. As a result, the wines are generally fresh, crisp and mouth watering when done well.
We enjoyed this Gavi di Gavi from the producer Bersano founded in 1907, crisp and inviting, lots of citrus with hints of white flowers and touch of mineralality, delightful.

Allegrini, Palazzo Della Torre 2012 $24.95

Allegrini, Palazzo Della Torre 2012

From the most acclaimed winery in the Veneto region, Allegrini, going back nine generations and known the world over for this particular wine, we discover the Palazzo della Torre 2012. From the Valpolicella Classica region, the grapes are sourced from a single vineyard situated in the foothills of Fumane, it is named after the adjacent villa, Palazzo della Torre, an important part of the Italian renaissance. Unique to this wine is how it is crafted, a small percentage of the grapes are left to dry out for a few months and then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes. The wine is deep ruby red in color, is velvety, smooth and full bodied, rich with dried fruit aromas of raspberry and plum, great fruit with chewy tannins and a lingering finish.

Check out…Marilisa Allegrini, the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of Wine Spectator