Hello! I am Carolyn – the Wine Lover in the Wine Lover’s Kitchen! I am an avid cook and wine taster! I am fortunate to have incredible food and wine experiences at my doorstep since I live close to Canada’s Niagara Wine Region.
My mission is to highlight the best wine values offered through the regular releases of Ontario Liquor Control Board in the $15-$35.00 range. I figure if you are routinely spending more than $35.00 on a bottle of wine you know what you like or are looking for.
Good wine doesn’t have to be expensive. I love it when my recommendation proves to outshine a similar wine costing significantly more!
I do not have the opportunity to sample the wines prior to release so my recommendations are based on the Vintage Panel’s notes and various other professional wine reviews. They are essentially the wines that I would buy. For those wines I do buy and taste I will update the recommendations with my findings.
I read recipes for fun and have been collecting cook books and food magazines for years. I love to experiment with food. I find it interesting to see, when I review my recipe collections seasonally, how different food trends have evolved – from those layered Jello parfaits of the 60s to 2000s trendy foams! We shouldn’t however throw the baby out with the bath water! There are some classic recipes that deserve their place in the regular roster and shouldn’t be forgotten!
My criteria for featuring a recipe is that is has become one I make over and over again; one that guests ask for the recipe on a regular basis; one that deserves to be documented – not just in my head!
I also belong to a wine tasting club that has taught me a lot about different wines. We vary between appetizers suited to the wine theme we are investigating and full blown dinners. What I like best is when you find the right combination of food and wine that makes the sum better than the parts. I confess some of the recipes can be rather involved but I also provide tips on how to make some staples ahead so you have them on hand when needed to simplify making a dish without sacrificing some of the complexity of flavour.
I am happy to share my favourite recipes, menus and wine pairings and experiences with you! Please enjoy responsibly!
This is me enjoying lunch in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles- no wonder I have a Cheshire Cat grin on my face!
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