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Baseball and Wine: Toronto Blue Jays

What's an appropriate wine to serve at a Toronto Blue Jays themed party? What wine would be a good gift for a hard core Blue Jays fan?

The Toronto Blue Jays pride themselves on their unique status as Canada's only Major League Baseball team.  Their patriotic, passionate fans enthusiastically promote the Blue Jays' Canadian heritage, although they are more than willing to cheer on every single Blue Jays player, regardless of country of origin.  Blue Jays fans have backed their team from its very first snowy Opening Day in 1977 through the back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993 down to the present day.  The Blue Jays' well-regarded farm system offers continuous hope to fans when the Jays are slumping, and the team's General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, known for his calm demeanor and blockbuster trades, inspires confidence at every turn.  Anthopoulos wants the Jays not only to be the face of Canada in Major League Baseball but also to be the best team on the field, every single game.

Niagara, Canada Vintage Chart

Niagara, Canada    
2010 90 D/H
2009 86 D
2008 87

Dan Aykroyd Wines: Giving New Meaning to the Phrase "Consuming Mass Quantities"

Visit DanAykroydWines.comWhether you know him from Saturday Night Live, the Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters or the myriad films in which he has appeared, Dan Aykroyd’s DNA is found throughout the blueprint of pop culture.  Now, three decades after exploding onto the scene as an SNL cast member, he has turned his attention to winemaking with the launch of Dan Aykroyd Wines.  IntoWine recently caught up with Dan to learn more about his wine venture. 

What first got you into wine?
I really got interested in wine when I started working on Saturday Night Live.  Up to that point my level of sophistication was mostly drinking Mateus Rose to impress various young ladies on dates or back at their place, if I was lucky.  However Steve Cropper the legendary blues musician who played in the Blues Brothers band and on the show took me under his wing and taught me a lot about wine.  He was the one who introduced me to Grand Cru Bordeaux and Burgundy and the wonderful big reds of California.  While he’s the one who got me started it was really my friend Issac Tigrett who was one of the founders of the House of Blues who gave me my graduate course in fine wine. 

Oh Canada: Mission Hill Winery--The North's Rising Star

It may seem impossible, but there are, as yet, vast, undiscovered areas where wines are produced that few people seem to know about. More specifically, there are few wineries that excel at a level of winemaking which belies the inherent strength of the specific region. Case in point: Mission Hill Winery in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

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Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Cabernet Merlot 2007 - IntoWineTV Episode 93

"Celebrity Wines." Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Loren Sonkin, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2007 Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Cabernet Merlot from Canada's Niagara Peninsula.

Okanagan Valley: Canada’s Best Wine Region?

If Canada doesn’t scream wine to anyone, that idea might be forgiven. But if the Okanagan Valley isn’t on your list of wine places to visit, you’re sorely missing the proverbial boat. When one thinks of world-class wine the short list is easy: Names like Napa, Bordeaux, Piedmont, Rioja, Mosel, among others. Canada it seems, is better left to hockey and maple syrup. You might be embarrassed how wrong you can be.

Canadian Wine: An Overview

Canadian Wines have been on the increase since the 1970s.  Although increasing in popularity, these wines are still not on the radar of the large scale North American or world market.  If you count fruit wines, one can find wine from every province in Canada.  There are 2 major areas of production: British Columbia’s Okanogan Valley and Ontario’s Niagara Penninsula.  There are countless others, but the areas with the largest output are the 2 mentioned above.

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