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About allisonvidug

Allison has been professionally passionate about wine and food for eight years. In that short time, Allison has traveled across Canada to work at some of the finest establishments focussed on premium wine, food and service. Her travels and education has allowed Allison the pleasure to live in some of Canada’s most beautiful locations such as the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, Toronto, Lake Louise and Muskoka. Some of Allison's favourite things include; wine, gin, whisky, cheese, mushrooms, cooking, hosting, growing vegetables, cottaging and dogs. Allison has seriously invested in her education of food and drink. She is a graduate of the Food and Beverage Management Diploma Program at George Brown College. She also holds a Diploma in Viticulture and Winery Management from Niagara College. Allison has fine tuned her wine and spirit sensory skills by completing certificates with the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Allison is currently completing here WSET Diploma, one of the highest levels of wine education.

Celebrating Robbie Burns Day

This year I celebrated Robbie Burns Day at home with friends, haggis and of course whisky.  It was more of a celebration of Scotland than Robbie himself.  Not too long ago I toured around Scotland while tasting my way through … Continue reading

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Ice Syrup

I was recently introduced to a new product called Ice Syrup, created by my old friend and long time Niagara-on-the-Lake grape grower, Steve Murzda.  Ice Syrup is essentially unfermented icewine juice.  The berries are left to freeze on the vine … Continue reading

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Last Minute Sparklers

The celebration of the year 2012 begins tomorrow.  Most people will be popping bottles of bubbly.  Here are my quick recommendations for something affordable, classic and local.  Happy New Year to everyone! Cheers! The Affordable NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva … Continue reading

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Chilean Carignan

Chile is known for many grape varieties.  Carignan is not one of them.  Over the past season, I’ve had the opportunity to taste three offerings at trade tastings.  I had been pleased with each wine.  The flavour profile is distinctly … Continue reading

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Celebrating The 2011 Harvest

After a labour intense harvest of fourteen plus hour days, little sleep and physical fatigue the best way to celebrate is with a party!  Glenn Symons, the proprietor of Lighthall Vineyards in Prince Edward County, did just that this past … Continue reading

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2011 PEC Pinot Noir Crush

Now that I’m living in Toronto, I admit I miss living in wine country, close to the vines and wineries.  This time of year I was feeling additionally far away from the exciting hustle and bustle of harvest and crush. … Continue reading

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Canadian Tartiflette and Chardonnay

In an effort to eat more meatless meals (for environmental reasons), as well as to always embrace local produce and goods, I arranged a comfortable meal at home using a traditional French dish.  Tartiflette may be more easily recognized as … Continue reading

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