Christmas, Love, Ontario: Oakville Sommelier

Twelve Days of Christmas, Ontario Style Photo credit: © C. Silversides
Christmas, Love, Ontario: Oakville Sommelier
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Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides

Cynthia Silversides is an accredited Sommelier certified by both the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). Passionate about great wine, food, and travel experiences, Cynthia is owner of Niagara Vino providing tutored wine tasting and tour services in the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Some suggestions for pairing all those gifts from your true love, Ontario style:

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 Drummers Drumming + Scottish Ale from Highland Brewing Co.
Pair this complex pale ale with roasted meats and root vegetables.

11 Pipers Piping + Cabernet Graspa (Grappa) from Vieni Estates
A festive digestive to enjoy after your holiday meal.

10 Lords a Leaping + Confederation Oak Reserve Whisky from Forty Creek
Aged in Canadian Oak barrels, an exquisite sipper.

9 Ladies Dancing + Vodka Method 95 from Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers
Groove with their Method 95 and Cran drink recipe which includes the delicious Dillon’s Bitter Cranberry.

8 Maids a Milking + Cream from Forty Creek
Serve this cream on ice or in coffee

7 Swans a Swimming + Van Alstine Red Port style wine from Karlo Estates
Located near the shores of Lake Ontario, enjoy with roasted nuts and dark chocolate.

6 Geese a Laying + Dry Riesling from Vineland Estates
Goose needs a wine match with good acidity to cut through the fat.

5 Golden Rings + Riesling Icewine from Pillitteri Estates
Drink this versatile wine as an aperitif, with soft cheeses, rich foods, spicy dishes, and desserts.

4 Calling Birds + Trius Brut from Trius Winery
A melodic and pleasing any time sparkling wine.

3 French Hens + Meritage from Sprucewood Shores
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend made in the Bordeaux style, a great match for Coq au Vin.

2 Turtle Doves + Paese from Colaneri
An oaked Chardonnay, could be paired with a meaty fried dove, but I would much more prefer a rich lobster bisque!

and a Partridge in a Pear Tree + Pinot Noir from Le Clos Jordanne
Mature Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with partridge.

So there you have it: Christmas, Love, Ontario

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!



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