Palate

Bringing quality wine to (the) heel.

The easiest way of locating Puglia (it’s the way it’s done there) is to say it’s the heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Wine has been made there for thousands of years.

Great expectorations.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: It was at a wine festival, with over 700 wines being poured at various booths, and it was my job to taste through as many as possible in a planned, methodical manner. And survive to tell about it.

Competition Cointreau.

Cointreau is in search of a Canadian muse—the country’s most creative female bartender. Each competitor has been tasked with creating a unique recipe centred on Cointreau, specifically the classic Cointreau Fizz cocktail.

The classic amaro.

As far as world cultures go, no one does dinner quite like the Italians. Sitting down to the table is not just a gathering but also a sport. It’s no wonder those food-loving Italians also created one of the world’s most recognizable bitter digestifs, Fernet-Branca.

Liquid sunshine.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Many of the most famous dishes and drinks of a region are born out of a simple desire to use up a singular ingredient that is in abundance. Limoncello was born on the Sorrento-Amalfi coast south of Naples thanks to a constant generous supply of lemons.

Pour Mademoiselle.

Alfred Cointreau often carries orange peels in his pocket. As the heritage manager for his family’s famed French liqueur brand, the sixth generation representative speaks enthusiastically about the process of creating the oft-copied orange spirit, and it seems the props help.

A palate pleaser.

A summer salad of watermelon, feta, and mint. A silver mint-julep cup, chilled and filled with bourbon, sugar, crushed ice, and gently muddled mint leaves. A simple scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Mint plays a key role in many hot-weather pleasures.

A sweet experience.

Tofino is, for Canada, the end of the line—all roads come to a dead-end here. This is the far west of the West Coast and known, in some parts, as “Hawaii of the North”. Tofino is where Kim and Cam Shaw, originally from Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan (a border city), now call home.

Made in Italy.

From La Marzocco’s headquarters in Scarperia, just outside of Florence, the Italian king of espresso machinery is still an artisanal operation.