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Sasha
Western Canada
Certified Sommelier, foodie, who has a smashingly good life.
Interests: Wine, food, home, handmade, sewing, quilting, embroidery, reading, travel, marketing
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Come and Sample over 150 different wines from over 30 producers Friday April 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Royal Glenora Club, to help raise money for The Royal Glenora Gymnastics Club and KidSport Edmonton. Enjoy light appetizers while tasting wines from the following Golden State producers: Updated March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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Join Carla Kretzel of Lammershoek Winery for an evening of exquisite food at the Blue Pear prepared by the very talent chef Darcy Radies paired with wines from Carla's family winery. About Lammershoek: Lammershoek is situated in the Aprilskloof valley of the Paardeberg. The first vineyards were planted in 1750.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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I love a good nose, and Cabernet Francs deliver. Château Princé 2008 from Anjou-Village-Brissac is a Cabernet Franc. The wine is Garnet Red with a medium intensity. The nose has sweet berry, spice, thyme, violets with a funky barnyard note. It is an attractive nose, masculine notes of spice and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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Have you made plans for you and your Sweetheart for Valentine's Day? No? How about attending a wine dinner at Zinc Restaurant at the Alberta Art Gallery. Beautiful food, paired with wines from Volteo Winery, Mar de Frades and Ramon Bilboa. Artful Dining, a wow gift for your Valentine. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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My Gin problem isn't getting any better, and my love affair with the Fizz family is still going strong, so the base ingredients for tonight's experiment were easy pickings. The harder part was the twist, the change, the little something something. I drew inspiration from Valentine's day and from Lauren... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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I recently read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Beautifully written, it pulls the reader into late 1930's New York; a world of jazz bars, cafes and social complexities that propel the heroine on her journey. And there is gin, lots of gin. Now I find myself craving witty, charming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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Poor Merlot, you took a beating on film in that hugely popular movie. Of course the joke was that the wine the protagonist referred to as his favourite wine is famous as the Bordeaux Wine which is predominately Merlot. Unfortunately the general wine buying public missed the irony, and turned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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Do you know your local farmers? Do you spend time at the farmers market? Why not? Farmers markets are more than just a place to buy groceries, they are a way of developing community. Building stronger communities includes strengthening and supporting our food resources. Get to know you local producers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at It's A Smashing Life
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Rose, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Fall is in the air, and Roses will be left in the memories of summer. What? No! That needs to be rectified, pronto. First off, Rose is a really versatile food wine. Serve a dry Rose with your Roasted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Dear Bill, Thank you so very much for once again taking the time out to give us a barrel sampling. I truly am very appreciative that you share with us your wines, and the opportunity to sample what is on the horizon. Every year I learn a little more about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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I like to drink martinis. Two at the most, three I'm under the table, four I'm under the host - Dorothy Parker The Cocktail is about mixing: ingredients, people, clothes, conversation. The roots of the cocktail come from the need to make strong spirits palatable in the late 1800's. Prohibition... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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At the Northern end of the Golden Mile Bench, nestled in the rolling hills of Oliver is Fairview Cellars. A hidden gem of a winery, producing stellar reds and a lovely Sauvignon Blanc. Red grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with one row each of Syrah, Petit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Barrel Room at Stag's Hollow, August 2011 Stag's Hollow Winery is nestled in the hills of Okanagan Falls, BC. Beautifully situated in the rolling hillside, surrounded by vineyards, mountains and tracts of land protected by Nature Trust. Established in 1995, this small family winery produces limited quantities of high quality... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Quinoa (keen-wah) is a super food. All kinds of goodness in a tasty easy to make food source. One of my favourite preparations for this Chenopod, (yes it is not a grain, rather a pseudocereal) is with onion, carrots and mango. Easy to make it is an excellent side dish,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Saturday August 13, 2011 It is 10:30 on a beautiful summer Saturday morning, as a group of Cab Franc fans get together for a tasting at the picturesque Tinhorn Creek Winery in the Okanagan Valley, BC. First tasting of the morning is a vertical of Cab Franc from host winery,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Why is my wine so much more expensive than in Europe? While it is understood that wine prices around the world will vary what isn’t understood is why prices of European wine in parts of Canada are seemingly so much more expensive then the original cost at the winery. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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An easy drink for the patio or the lake. Refreshing and tasty for hot summer days: Piña 43 is perfect on the patio. Piña 43 In glass with ice: 1 oz Licor 43 add Pineapple Juice top with soda Garnish with fruit Licor 43 is currently available in Alberta and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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There are 31 Botanical in The Botanist and 43 ingredients in Licor 43. Together these two play off each other nicely, the sweetness of the Licor 43 balances the peppery notes in the Islay Gin. Mix the two with Lemonade, and you get a nice refreshing summer drink. Lemonade 74... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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I've made some new friends in the last month: a gin and two liqueurs. Licor 43, is a Spanish liqueur with a rich vanilla and citrus nose that is versatile and tasty. Made from 43 natural ingredients, including carefully selected fruits and herbs, it's recipe and process are a secret.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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A rich bounty at hand from the farmers market makes a lazy Sunday lunch easy. Fresh Tomato Pasta 1 pint Vine Ripened Tomatoes or 3 large Vine Ripened Tomatoes 1 Spring Onion with greens 1 hand full fresh Basil 2 oz hard or semi hard Goat Cheese, like Murcia Al... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Condrieu is an appellation in Northern Rhône Valley, France. All wines from this Cru AOC are 100% Viognier. In 1935 the Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) system was inaugurated in France. An AOC is designed to guarantee authenticity of the wine. It is a clearly defined area of origin from which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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One of my favourite flowers. So beautiful and aromatic. Rich layers of texture. Expressive petals. Flower of Riches and Honour. Lovely and classic. Welcome back to a Smashing Life. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Time is the most valued commodity in my life these days. Smashing Life has been interrupted for studies. As soon as I am finished, I'll be back with more wine, more food, more spirits. My exam is 10 days away...!!! (insert panic mood) xoxS Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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Are you in Vancouver? Interested in an intimate evening with winery owner Lorenzo Marotti Campi, limited space. Marotti Campi is an advocate of indigenous Italy grapes: specifically Verdicchio and Orgiolo. Want to try unique and different wines, experience them with the winery owner, hear in his words what the Marche... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life
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I really need to save the remaining bottles of this that I have in my cellar. It is just so good, that it is hard not to grab a bottle when looking for wine. Cabernet Franc is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is has less tannins and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at It's A Smashing Life