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Great finds at Gourmet Food & Wine Expo


November 23, 2012
By Canadian Pizza

Nov. 23, 2012, Toronto – The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
turned up its usual annual array of interesting finds and winning wines.

Canadian Pizza was on ferret out some noteworthy finds for our readers. The show ran
Nov. 15-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Here are some of the most
interesting booths we visited:

Most shockingly refreshing white: An Austrian 2011, Yonder Velt
Grüner Veltliner. Billed as a natural aperitif, this is one easy-drinking and
memorable summer sipper.  info@thecaseforwine.com

Icewine spin: Vineland Estates Winery is crafting a most
interesting vodka based icewine. www.vineland.com

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Balanced cider: William’s Premium Cider is a good bet for
those who want to put a particularly crisp and balanced cider on their menu.
This Quebec brew is more bright than sweet. Quite nice.  www.williamcider.com

Doing right by Riesling: Yalumba vineyard in Australia’s Y
Series 2006 Riesling earned 5-stars from James Halliday at the 2013 Australian
wine competition. We can see why. www.yalumba.com

For the Fireball fans: Dr. McGillicuddy’s of Fireball whiskey
fame has rolled out a friendly Lemon Drop Schnapps that goes down smooth
without being too sweet. http://drmcgillicuddy.com/

Winning whisky: Forty Creek whiskey was a good partnership
for last year’s Chef of the Year runner-up Marina Rondinelli, who blended the
whiskey into her barbecue sauce base. However, it’s equally a standout to sip
on. The distillery holds too many gold awards and accolades to list here, but
if you are in the market for a whiskey it is worth the taste-test. www.fortycreekwhiskey.com

Double gold: Lailey Vineyard’s Impromptu, a big red blend
(75% Syrah, 13% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot), took home a gold medal at this
year’s Canadian Wine Awards and Intervin International Wine Awards (Intervin). www.laileyvineyard.com

Big honours for Canuck vintners:
Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario was Intervin’s winery of
the year. www.southbrook.com

Gaining political favour: If you want
to taste what the official wine of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is, look
no farther than Burning Kiln winery in St. William’s, Ontario and their red
wine called “Strip Room”. www.burningkilnwinery.ca