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Pinot grigio beats chardonnay!

Well, not in my wine cellar that's for sure, but the continued growth of the crowd-pleasing white from Italy - and now just about everywhere else - means it has now taken the number one spot in white wine sales in Ontario, slightly nudging out the usual favourite, chardonnay.

In my Bar Report for Foodservice and Hospitality magazine, I look at wine trends in Canadian restaurants  - California cabs remain big in reds, as does malbec. In spirits, gin is (still) in and spiced dark offerings are jazzing up the moribund rum category. Whiskies, especially American ones, are also still doing well. 

Craft beer continues its upward march even as the beer category as a whole declined last year.

And your spirits tip for 2015: Mezcal from Mexico - the cool kids on the west coast are boosting its so far modest sales in Canada. It's made from agave, like tequila, and different parts of Mexico make it in different styles. This is the Mexican spirit that can sometimes include a worm, and it's got a long history.  

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City Bites Spring 11 - Smells Like Victory - [jpg]

Foodservice and Hospitality Jun 09 - Known Commodities - [pdf]

Lifestyle Dec 08 - Dynamic Duos  [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality Nov 08 - Far and Away - [jpg]

Foodservice and Hospitality Jun 08 - The Grape White North - [jpg]

Foodservice and Hospitality Jan 08 - Chilling Out - [jpg]

Wish Summer 07 - Summer Sips - [jpg]

Foodservice and Hospitality Jun 07 - CIA - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality Dec 06 - Champagne Supernova - [pdf]

Wine Access November 06 - Lake Erie North Shore - [pdf]

Hotelier July/August 06 - Sommeliers in Hotels - [pdf]

Wine Access June 06 - Next Generation Winemakers - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality June 06 - Oliver Bonacini Group - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality May 06 - Old World New World - [pdf]

City Bites April/May 06 - Wine Buying - [pdf]

Wine Access December 05 - Ontario Report - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality December 05 - Chile - [pdf]

Wine Access November 05 - Ontario Report - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality October 05 - France - [pdf]

Vines September 05 - Consignment wines - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality August 05 - Italian Whites - [pdf]

City Bites August/September 05 - Wine Storage - [pdf]

Wine Access April 05 - Sommelier Secrets - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality April 05 - Get Screwed - [pdf]

City Bites April/May 05 - Szabos & Cuvee Niagara - [pdf]

Wine Access Nov 04 - Ontario Report - [pdf]

Foodservice and Hospitality Oct 04 - That's the Spirit! - [pdf]


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