I don’t know about you, but when the temperature starts to crank up, my appetite does the opposite. During Winter I can happily spend hours in the kitchen making rich stews and heart warming roast dinners, but as soon as the Summer hits all I want is something quick, light, easy and to avoid the … Continue reading Salads, Summer and Sipping!
This month’s Tuesday Night Tasting surrounded the theme of “Vinifera” and was hosted by the fine folks at Planter’s Ridge. As host/showrunner, I felt the need to up the presentation game. This involved deriving the word “Plane” from Planter’s Ridge, obtaining a Pilot costume, and introducing each vineyard, as though we were on an airline, … Continue reading Vinifera & Viniserve: An Update from ‘Captain’ Jardine
So, all four of us here at Wined Up have spent time in the hospitality industry. To be honest, it is a contributing factor as to why we got into wine. Lily and I both met in a job unrelated to wine but we both had come from restaurant backgrounds. Lily had previously worked in … Continue reading Myth busting: A Wined Up guide to restaurant etiquette
A few weeks ago I had to buy a new wine rack. I recently have come into ownership of a lot of wine, and my collection is now at circa 90-100 bottles. This is a big thing for me as I have never really been into cellaring wine. Actually, that’s not true. I have always … Continue reading Cellaring wine: Wined Up’s reasons for storing your favourite bottles
With the heatwave still coming on strong in Nova Scotia, our need for summer sippers has never been stronger. Thankfully, this month’s TNT (Tuesday Night Tasting) was exactly that theme. The venue for this round was Avondale Sky. This vineyard has a neat story to it. They repurposed an old church and made headlines when … Continue reading Off-Dry Hot Canadian Summer
Summer is well and truly upon us and it is marvellous! Have you ever noticed though that there are those people who after half a day of 25 degree heat, they start complaining that it’s too hot? Well, if you’re one of those people we have a list for you of all the refreshing beverages … Continue reading A Wined Up Guide to Summer Drinking
By the sounds of things, I didn’t blow it with the first article. Which is great because reading my own work is seconded only to hearing myself talk. This month’s Tuesday Night Tasting was themed ‘Barbecue Favourites’ and was hosted by Sainte-Famille Wines (one of the oldest vineyards in Nova Scotia and within walking distance … Continue reading Big Reds, Big Frosts & Barbecue Favourites: Drew’s monthly update from across the pond
Wined Up has another new writer! Hannah has just survived an intense wine exam and, for those of you who are serious about learning more, she's here to tell you what to expect...
A few months ago, I sat down to write an article about Anthony Bourdain but didn’t want it to seem like I was a ‘fan boy’, so I didn’t write it. Instead, I wrote an article that was inspired by his book ‘Kitchen Confidential’, that you can read here. The reason why I didn’t write … Continue reading A Wined Up tribute to Anthony Bourdain
The word “hypocrisy” comes to mind as I type this. Last year; when James and I both worked together, I would tease him about being a hipster with his 'trendy' drinking habits and now I only ever drink (and find myself boasting about it) local liquor products. I roasted him for his Red Hot Chili … Continue reading TNT, Tidal Bays & Pét-Nats – The Nova Scotia story