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Wednesday Wine 101: The Best Wine & Beer Pairings for Your Long Weekend BBQ

The August long weekend is almost here! And that means relaxing with good company, and enjoying some time off in the summer heat. For those of you BBQing or getting together with friends and family this holiday weekend, we’ve put together a list of simple wine and beer pairings that will make it easy to please a crowd. So, load up the grill, pop some corks or caps, and enjoy the sunshine!

Food 52 - beer can chicken

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See you in 2014!

To celebrate the holidays with family and friends, the store will be closed from December 24th, 2013 until January 2nd, 2014.
We wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Until then, here are some great holiday guides for you to peruse:

christmas-21204_640Will you be drinking wine on New Year’s Eve?  If so, check out Wine Folly‘s guide of “Wines Least Likely to Give you a Hangover.”  That way, you can enjoy the festivities without regretting it the next day!  (As always, please remember to drink responsibly, and to plan for a designated driver or other safe way home)

…or, if you’ll be hosting or otherwise teetotalling, Williams-Sonoma’s Taste blog has some great recipes for holiday mocktails that can be enjoyed by all.

abstract-2925_640As you’d expect, Martha Stewart has a veritable treasure trove of New Year’s Eve resources – from cocktails to appetizers to entrées and dessert, and even a guide to popping open a bottle of bubbly
(in case the thought makes you nervous!)

For a more folkloric approach, can help you brush up on your history.  Learn why we reach for champagne on NYE – great info for breaking the ice at parties!

Warmest wishes for safe and happy holidays,
from all of us at Wine Kitz Pickering!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The store will be closed this Sunday Oct. 13th and Monday Oct. 14th, for Thanksgiving, so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday!

In case you’re looking for some helpful suggestions for wine pairings, we’ve rounded up some helpful guides to help you choose which wines to serve with your turkey dinner.  Check them out!

thanksgiving gourdsBetter Homes and Gardens magazine has a Thanksgiving Wine Guide that will help you choose the best red, white, or sparkling wine to complement your meal.

Wine Folly‘s guide has your whole soiree covered – from ice-breaker wine to pumpkin pie dessert.  Find their guide here.

You’ll also find tons of food-for-thought over at Bon Appetit.  Their Thanksgiving wine pairing tips will walk you through all the things to consider when trying to make the perfect pairing for your guests.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Spring/Summer 2013 Wine Press now available

The latest issue of our newsletter – Wine Press – is now available online, and will be arriving in-store soon.  We have many new products coming out over the next few months, and this issue features tons of information on each of them.  Read through to learn more about our new Pomegranate-Açai White Merlot Country Mist kit, our new Coastal Sunset limited releases, and the return of our hugely popular Wicked Hard Pink Lemonade and Hard Lime

Wine Press - spring summer 2013

New Italian Verdicchio

Now available in both Ultimate Estate Reserve and Traditional Vintage: VERDICCHIO from Italy!

new verdicchioThe name Verdicchio (vair-dik-ee-oh) derives from verde (or “green”) and refers to the slight green/yellow hue of the grapes when they are ripe.  The Verdicchio grape presents a clean, fresh aroma of green apple, white currant, citrus, floral and mineral.  This medium-bodied, refreshing white wine sings on the palate with flavours of lemon, green apple and almond, making for a perfect aperitif.  Best enjoyed while young and fresh.

Serve with baked or poached firm fish with dill, seafood salads, green salads with light vinaigrettes, spring pea risottos, lemon chicken, steamed mussels and shellfish.

Wines of the Month – January 2013

Welcome to 2013! 
We hope you brought in the new year in style and enjoyed safe and happy holidays, and we wish you a new year filled with much love and laughter.

If you resolved to save money this year, this post if for you.  We’re continuing our popular Wines of the Month promotion so that you can save money when you make the wines you already know and love.

Until January 31st 2013, enjoy 10% off our Traditional and Ultimate Chardonnay (white) and Cabernet Sauvignon (red) wine kits.

WotM January 2013You can’t go wrong with a good Chardonnay on your table or tucked under your arm on someone’s doorstep. Creamy vanilla oak layered into tropical fruit accents with good acidity wins friends everywhere.

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, but Australia may be its true home.  Aromas of black cherry, pepper, plum and delicious hints of cassis, spicy oak and chocolate. Balanced at the finish.

Come see us soon to learn more about these flavourful varietals or to start a batch of your own!

*This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: All Wrapped Up


Tomorrow is the last day of our week of Gift Guides (click here to see the previous entries), and we decided to take a bit of a break from the rest of the week to focus on creative ways to dress up a bottle of wine – including some free printables and DIY guides.  Sometimes a nicely wrapped bottle of wine is all you need, after all!

Keep reading for the full list of ways to Wrap It Up!

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2012 Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts


Continuing on from yesterday’s fun, here’s the second installment of our
2012 Gift Guide seriesToday we’re focusing on Hostess Gifts!

The holidays are full of get-togethers and parties, and no one wants to show up empty-handed.  Since a bottle of wine is a great hostess gift already, though, there’s no need to go overboard.  We’ve kept it simple and focused mainly on ways to make the hostess’s life easier or contribute to the party – including a few DIY ideas.  Add any of these to a bottle of wine (or give alone) and you’ve got a hostess gift that’s sure to impress!

(Keep reading for the full list!)

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Gift Guide: Compare and Save!

We put a lot of thought into stocking a great selection of unique and impressive wine gifts, but we also know that you don’t want to break the bank to enjoy your favourite wines.  That’s why we work hard to source the same high quality products that get rave reviews online and from people in-the-know, but at affordable prices.  Take a look to see how you can save when you do your holiday shopping with us this year…

Ours: True Fabrications’ Aerating Pour Spout ($12.99)
Compare with: Williams Sonoma’s Wine Aerator & Pourer ($58.70)

Ours: Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover ($13.99)
Compare with: The same product from the LCBO ($15.99)

Aerating Wine Funnel

Ours: True Fabrications’ Aerating Wine Funnel ($19.99)
Compare with: Wine Enthusiast’s Aerating Wine Funnel ($29.99)


Ours: Tipsy Giftware’s Corkatoo Corkscrew ($6.99)
Compare with: Let’s Bev’s Corkatoo Corkscrew ($14.95)


Ours: Tipsy Giftware’s Beer Ring ($4.99)
Compare with: ThinkGeek’s Ring Thing ($7.99)

We have many more exciting gift ideas in our online store -
the perfect shop for all of the wine and beer lovers on your list!

Wines of the Month – December 2012

Until December 31st 2012, enjoy 10% off our Traditional and Ultimate Pinot Grigio (white) and Barolo (red) wine kits.

Our Pinot Grigio is a refreshing, light-bodied white for casual sipping and lighter foods.  Lively notes of green apple, lemon and a floral touch goes well with chicken wraps, fish and salads.

Barolo is Italy’s noblest red.  It comes from sun-kissed nebbiolo grapes. Rich and full-bodied with complex flavours of truffles, licorice and oaky earth, and a rich, deep structure.

Come see us soon to learn more about these flavourful varietals or to start a batch of your own!

*This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts.