Ask The Wine Ladies

Dear Wine Ladies,

As a fairly recent transplant from the west coast via a brief stint in Calgary and Saskatoon, I am dismayed by the lack of Okanagan wines found here on the shelves and across Canada. I recently discovered a stunner of a Chardonnay, although a little pricey, well worth it from what was in the bottle to the exquisite and innovative packaging. It was called Perpetua, was luscious and creamy with an aroma of lemon, absolutely delicious. With the spring coming, I am wondering if this company makes any equally impressive red wines, and if so how would I go about finding them.


Thornhill, Ontario

Read more: Where can I get Okanagan wines in Ontario. Ask The Wine Ladies May 2014

Dear Wine Ladies,

I was thinking of bringing an icewine to a dinner party being thrown to congratulate a friend of mine on her newly acquired role in a television series.  A lover of sweet wines icewine seemed like a good choice but then I learned there are also sparkling ice wines.What are they like and would this be an appropriate wine to bring? Are they served chilled like a regular white wine and are they served in white wine glasses?




Read more: What is Sparkling icewine?Ask The Wine Ladies April 2014

Dear Wine Ladies,

I am a culinary student and am part of a group project that is looking at cooking with alcohol. What are some of the reasons for cooking with wine, what does it do to the food and does the acidity in wine play a role?


Brampton, Ontario



Read more: What are some of the reasons for cooking with wine? Ask The Wine Ladies March 2014

Dear Wine Ladies,

Over the last little while it seems that Spanish wines seem to be popping up at various dinner parties and get-together's more and more. We really enjoyed one of our most recent white wine discoveries called Viura (we think) which we were told was a Spanish wine that cost less than $15.00. Neither my boyfriend or I can remember where it came from in Spain and was wondering if this is the name of an area, a brand name or a town. Any additional info on this wine would be appreciated.


Barrie, Ontario


Read more: Can you tell us a little about Spanish wines?Ask The Wine Ladies as heard on

Dear Wine Ladies,

Last weekend my husband and I were invited to a Peruvian restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious dinner and a new drink called Pisco. I had a Pisco sour and my husband had a Pisco on the rocks. We both loved our aperitifs! Can you tell me a little about Pisco and where it can be found? We had never heard of it before but learned it is the national drink of Peru.

Leesa, Toronto

Read more: What is Pisco? Ask The Wine Ladies Jan 2014

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