Like mezcal before it, sotol is the next Mexican spirit set to take over back bars and bar carts the world over.
In Cognac, a New Contender Has Entered the Ring
Hennessy (LVMH), Rémy Martin (Rémy Cointreau), Courvoisier (Beam Suntory), and Martell (Pernod Ricard). For years these were the cognac competitors of note, but more recently, Campari Group’s Bisquit & Dubouché has entered the ring.
Bar Cart: Green Spot Quails’ Gate
Irish Distillers, under its sub-brand Spot Whiskeys, is reforging Ireland’s connection with the Wine Geese via a series of collaborative whiskeys. They recently turned to Canada’s Okanagan Valley, partnering with Quails’ Gate Winery, operated by the Stewart family, who have been farming in the region since Richard Stewart Sr. arrived from the Emerald Isle in 1908.
Restaurant Vignette Shows That Less Is More
Hopping on the bookish wave established by Published on Main, Canada’s 100 Best winner and one Michelin-Star awardee, Restaurant Vignette has arrived.
Bar Cart: Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
Now available around the world, Amaro Nonino was a relatively rare find when the Paper Plane was developed, one that, like most amari, provided a proprietary flavour that could be mimicked but never replicated.
Celebrating International Women’s Day With Penfolds’ Stephanie Dutton
Like many industries, the wine world has long been dominated by men. From sommeliers to importers, winemakers to critics, there has been a notable lack of gender equity. But now, thanks to wine professionals such as Stephanie Dutton, country of origin group winemaker at Australia’s iconic Penfolds winery, the formerly hypermasculine world is beginning to change for the better. Below, Dutton discusses women’s role in the evolution of the wine industry.
An Exciting New Wine Club From One of Canada’s Most Exclusive Wineries
Osoyoos Larose’s new wine club, La Maison Osoyoos Larose, is something Canadian wine aficionados should get excited about.
A Legendary Address in Spain
There is an ineffably opulent quality to the Marbella Club that is tied more to its history than to its subtropical gardens and upscale restaurants.
Bar Cart: Cantine Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena
Bertani, a 166-year-old winery, is making things a bit easier for consumers, producing a relatively easy-drinking, youthful version of the notoriously austere wine.
Libero’s Clothing Is Designed for Canadians Here and Now
Upstart Toronto designer Adam Appugliesi’s clothing brand, Libero, takes its name from the Italian word for “free,” which also happens to be his grandfather’s name. Fittingly, it is his Italian Canadian background that informs Libero’s proletarian, masculine-leaning but gender-free designs.
Pablo Bronstein and Breguet Explore Humanity’s Relationship With Technology at Frieze Los Angeles
Through its partnership with Frieze—the trend-setting platform for contemporary art that publishes three magazines and hosts art fairs around the world—Breguet is giving back to the artistic community.
Bombay Sapphire x Basquiat
Bombay Sapphire, spirits sponsor of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, the recent retrospective exhibition in New York curated by the iconoclast’s sisters, has teamed up again with the Basquiat estate to debut a special edition bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin emblazoned with Basquiat’s Untitled (L.A. Painting).
Bar Cart: Suntory Ao Whisky
Ao (pronounced “ow”), the name of Suntory’s newest whisky, means “blue” in Japanese. In the case of this bottle of liquid gold, it refers to the oceans that connect the locations where parent company Beam Suntory’s whisky is made.
Skin Care Made Simple
Toronto brand Basic Maintenance Lab is making skin care manageable with its clearly labelled bottles of cleansers, moisturizers, and soaps.
A Unicorn Whisky You Can Actually Find
Fettercairn, the newest independent brand from Scotland’s Whyte & Mackay, makes “unicorn” whiskies. Its various expressions—packaged in bottles emblazoned with a unicorn from the crest of founder Sir Alexander Ramsay’s clan—each provide an immediately distinguishable flavour profile that showcases the company’s approach.
Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim to Welcome Some of the World’s Best Bars in 2023
Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, whose restaurant, Botanist, is a perennial contender for Canada’s best restaurant and bar, and winner of the Michelin Guide Vancouver Exceptional Cocktails award, will once again play host to acclaimed dining establishments from around the world for multinight in-residence events throughout 2023.
Your New Favourite Whisky Is Italian
Italian whisky isn’t beholden to industry conventions. The result is a whisky that is hard to define but easy to love, and one that feels like a bold step forward for whisky as a category.
COS Taps Reece Yeboah for a Collection of Street-Luxe Menswear
Owned by Sweden’s H&M but headquartered in London, fashion giant COS has tapped rising British designer Reece Yeboah for an ebullient collection that rethinks the brand’s classic aesthetic, marking the launch of his brand YEBOAH.
Summerland B.C.’s Okanagan Crush Pad’s Stunning Rebrand
It’s not often that an established winery goes through a major rebrand, but Summerland, B.C.’s, Okanagan Crush Pad—now Haywire Winery—is no typical winery.
Toronto’s Barbet Makes Seltzer to Foster Community
Katie Fielding quit drinking alcohol after suffering bad seizure in March 2020. Throughout the following summer, what Fielding, who has epilepsy, missed about drinking wasn’t the taste or the buzz but the feeling of community it inspired. So she and her sister, Andrea Grand, decided to do something about it, developing Barbet, the buoyant, idiosyncratic seltzer brand taking Toronto and its hippest establishments by storm.
Sober Curiosity Is Getting Superexciting in Canada
Once a barren landscape of sparkling waters, diet pops, and a few select beers, the world of non-alcoholic drinking has become vibrant with new diverse options that make not drinking not only the reasonable option but also a fun one.
5 Canadian Non-Alcoholic Beers for Dry January and Beyond
We’ve rounded up the best non-alcoholic beers brewed in Canada today, all of which are widely available across the country.
Puente Romano Beach Resort
A few kilometres west of Marbella’s old town, where the remnants of a Moorish fort anchor more traditionally Spanish architecture, there’s a reminder of another ancient civilization: a Roman bridge more than 2,000 years old sits at the heart of the five-star Puente Romano Beach Resort.
Canada’s Craft Distillery Celebrates 10 Years
Geoff Dillon, founder of Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers in Beamsville, Ontario, is always thinking 10 steps, or years, ahead. When he founded the brand in a former truck depot in 2012, he was already dreaming of making “rye whisky in Canada, not Canadian rye whisky.”
Gift Guide: For the Wine Lover
A bottle of wine, whether for partying in the present or saving for the future, needs to be carefully considered. NUVO has rounded up the seven bottles to present this holiday season.
Gift Guide: For Him
Men differ individually in many ways, but if there’s one thing that ties them together, it’s the difficulty of finding a good gift for them. Whether for your dad, husband, brother, or boyfriend, nail presents for the men in your life with NUVO’s handy roundup.
Travelling Just Got Easier (and More Stylish)
For every sun-soaked beach getaway and medieval castle vacation, there is an overcrowded airport or a lumpy hotel mattress. Luckily, thanks to Monte & Coe, the Toronto-based brand handcrafting bags in Canada, you’ll have one less worry the next time you visit the airport.
How to Spend a Weekend in Niagara Falls
With access to Ontario’s fruit basket, gaming, and the United States, any given day in Niagara Falls can be filled with luxurious leisure experiences indoors and out. NUVO has rounded up the best places to play, eat, and rest in Niagara Falls.
Gift Guide: Spirits
The right bottle will forever live in the background of the memories made and shared. NUVO has rounded up nine bottles to give the person whose presence is present enough.
What to Drink When You’re Not Drinking
The herb-forward result of Ben Branson’s research struck a chord with sober and imbibing drinkers alike. Unlike mass-produced non-alcoholic spirits, Seedlip mimics the intricacies of traditional spirits while remaining distinctive to the palate.
Bowing to Bowie at Major Tom
That unpretentious, focused attitude toward dining culture informs Garrett Bruce Martin’s menus to this day as well as his beliefs about how a kitchen should be run, the restaurant industry, and what it means to be a chef: unusually democratic and without delusions of grandeur.
Tomato Wheels Makes Lambrusco for Everyone
The most recent wine to have gone through image rehab, the sparkling red lambrusco from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, is only beginning to pick up steam in Canada. And thanks to Indigenous entrepreneur Moirae Choquette and her lambrusco brand Tomato Wheels, the wine is being introduced to Canadians in a refreshing, easy to understand way.
Archer Takes Aim at Feeding Vancouver’s Restaurant No Man’s Land
The exciting new restaurant is dishing up Pacific Northwest cuisine in the heart of downtown.
8 Vancouver Restaurants Awarded Michelin Stars
After last month’s Toronto reveal, Vancouver restaurateurs and diners alike have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the venerable Michelin Guide in the city. Well, the wait is over. Eight Vancouver Restaurants have been awarded stars in the city’s inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide.
In Marbella, Club Med Goes Back to Its Roots
Perched above Marbella’s whitewashed cityscape, at the foot of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, Club Med Magna Marbella is far removed from both the frenetic touristic energy of the city centre and the sunburned sand of the Costa del Sol’s myriad beaches.
NUVO Menswear Guide: October 2022
NUVO’s Autumn 2022 Menswear Guide.
Vancouver’s Hānai Is the Changing Face of Dining in Canada
The menu is changing the face of dining in Canada—where, what, and how you eat are an island apart from the rest of world cuisine. Just like Hawai‘i is.
Five Must-See Exhibits at PAD London 2022
PAD London, the esteemed international art and design fair, is taking place this week, October 10-16. After two years of online exhibitions, this year’s edition of PAD is the best yet, featuring 67 unique galleries, 18 of which are first-time exhibitors.
Dutch Menswear Brand Atelier Munro Opens Flagship Store in Toronto
Atelier Munro, the Dutch menswear brand known for its internationally inspired made-to-measure clothing, has opened its first Canadian location in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
5 Canadian Drinks for a Fantastic Canadian Thanksgiving
NUVO has collected five uniquely Canadian drinks for our uniquely Canadian version of Thanksgiving.
Please Bottling Co. Is Revolutionizing the Premixed-Beverage World
For those of us wanting a break from beer and wine but without the requisite skill to craft a delicious cocktail at home, there is hope. Enter Vancouver’s Please Bottling Co., the brand looking to shake up the RTD world with an eye toward local, seasonal flavours and a welcoming bricks-and-mortar experience.
Aquavit Is Canada’s Next “It” Spirit
From coast to coast and everywhere in between, aquavit’s popularity has grown over the past few years—and as with the recent gin boom, there is surprising diversity in the Canadian aquavit landscape, depending on where the distillery is located.
Fire & Flora Is Calgary’s Dynamic New Plant-Based Restaurant
There is a real need and desire for high-end vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Calgary. Now that chef Adam Ryan’s Fire & Flora has opened with aplomb, all those Torontonians and Vancouverites talking about making the big move to the Prairies might finally up and go, even if they’re unsure they’ll be able to handle the hardship of doubling their space at half the price.
The Delicious New Homeland of Peruvian Cuisine in Vancouver
If SUYO’s cuisine is any indication, then its new homeland is and will be filled with delicious food that speaks to disparate homelands the world over.
The World-Famous MICHELIN Guide Heads to Toronto
The world-famous MICHELIN Guide has revealed its inaugural Canadian edition, awarding all-important stars and honours to 74 restaurants across Toronto.
The Weird and Wonderful Wines of Jura
The Jura region and its wines are small but mighty, and Vin jaune, the yellow wine from France, will be your next obsession.
Philanthropic Artist Eric Hendrikx Makes Art to Support Men’s Mental Health
Eric Hendrikx never explicitly set out to be at the fore of men’s mental health advocacy in Canada. Nor did he set out to be a celebrated rock ’n’ roll photographer. But he is now both. Using his platform as an artist, Hendrikx supports organizations that help men experiencing mental health issues.
Jack Victor’s Remarkably Consistent Tailoring
For Jack Victor, timelessness is found with one eye to the future and another to the past, just like a well-made suit.
Courvoisier Gives Its Classic Cognac the Royal Treatment
After unveiling a whole new look for its three standard cognacs in early 2022, the iconic brand is back at it with the release of its new XO Royal, an ultrapremium cognac that honours Courvoisier’s long association with Europe’s royal courts.
Leica Collaborates With A Bathing Ape® and Stash for Their New D-Lux 7
Leica, the renowned German camera manufacturer, has teamed up with A Bathing Ape and street artist Stash to release a camera that looks as picture-perfect as the photos it snaps.
The Ultimate Canadian Driving Experience with Lamborghini
Lamborghini owners value a far more varied lifestyle—one that mixes the high with the low in a way that is as fun as pushing a sports car to its limits on a winding road.
Angel’s Envy is Bourbon Made for the Canadian Palate
The latest whisky pushing to define its class in Canada? That would be Angel’s Envy, the upstart bourbon brand that, after a limited release in 2020, expanded to the Canadian market earlier this month.
NUVO Menswear Guide August 2022: Or Can I Wear a Sweater Yet?
As painful as it is to hear, autumn is just around the corner. Once again, stores are flush with fallen-leaf-embossed welcome mats and pumpkin spice everything, and there’s nothing that can halt the coming storm. Here, NUVO has rounded up six clothing items for gliding chicly from summer into fall.
5 Winery Restaurants to Enjoy in the Okanagan This Summer
Now that vineyards are open to the public, and Okanagan Lake is finally warm, NUVO has rounded up five great winery restaurant experiences for visitors to enjoy between bottles of merlot.
B.C.’s Mission Hill Offers a Superlative Winery Experience
Fantastic, jaw-dropping, delicious, sublime: whatever superlative you choose, it can be used to describe Mission Hill Family Estate & Winery. The crown jewel in proprietor Anthony von Mandl’s winery portfolio, Mission Hill remains a stunning experience after 41 years of operation. From its hilltop perch to its region-defining wines, not a single detail has been overlooked by von Mandl and Co.
A Fantastic New Scotch Whisky Tasting Experience in Vancouver
Thanks to a unique partnership with the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, it has just been announced that The Dalmore’s 30-year age statement will be pouring exclusively at Notch8, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant.
The Newest Member of The Glenlivet’s Core Lineup Comes to Canada
Any time The Glenlivet—the storied nearly 200-year-old Scotch whisky distillery—introduces a new whisky to its core lineup, it’s a big deal.
North Vancouver’s 16 West Is Missable Yet Not to Be Missed
Taking over the former Hachiro Ramen space in an unassuming stretch of small-businesses wedged between two apartment buildings, 16 West is the epitome of blink-and-you-miss-it. However, in irony number two, the food and wine there is not to be missed.
Canada’s 7 Best Canned Wines for Canada Day
Now that you can finally celebrate within six feet of another living, breathing person, it’s high time to celebrate the rise of canned wine convenience—along with Canada’s 155th birthday. NUVO has rounded up seven of the best canned wines made in the country today.
Saturna Island’s Sage Hayward Vineyards Is Crafting Excellent Wine in the Gulf Islands
Big things are happening in wine across the country, and B.C.’s newest non-Okanagan gem, Saturna Island’s Sage Hayward Vineyards, proves that the gold standard applies across the Strait of Georgia as well as beyond the Cascades.
NUVO’s Summer 2022 Menswear Guide
For this guide, we have rounded up seven of the best easy-breezy menswear pieces that will help keep you feeling light in the heavy heat.
The Rise of the Permanent Pop-up
Despite our increasingly short attention spans and throwaway culture, it seems at least pop-ups are being designed to last. Call it retail therapy.
Blair + Jack: Essential Skincare For Men
For plastic surgeon Dr. Bimpe Ayeni, the impetus to start her men’s skin-care line, Blair + Jack, came from seeing her husband struggle with painful skin irritation after shaving.
Barbeau Desrosiers Makes Furniture That is Built to Last
The yin-yang relationship between the objects’ precision-cut aluminum and playful, vibrant anodized colours reflects their makers’ fusion of styles—which culminates in furniture beautiful enough to keep for a hundred years, at least.
Rue Vintage 74 Takes Antique Shopping to a Whole New Level
In a world of streamlined minimalism, it’s not often a boutique home decor store champions the tradition of eclecticism. Madrid’s Rue Vintage 74 has broken that mould, filling its showroom with African, Asian, and European home furnishings, diverse in all aspects except their quality.
Furniture for Millennials: House of Léon Caters Toward Accessibility
House of Léon furniture and accessories are crafted in a family-owned atelier in Istanbul, lending a dose of artisanship and Mediterranean inspiration to the affordable furniture market.
Where to Find the Best Coffee in Vancouver, B.C.
The city’s coffee culture has undergone an exciting transformation, due in part to the pandemic, but also in response to trends developing countrywide. Developments in the city’s coffee culture—such as the emergence of hybrid café/corner store concepts—also show just how forward-thinking some of Vancouver’s stalwart coffee shops were. Here are the five best places to stay caffeinated on the coast in 2022.
The Particular Terroir of Roussillon and the Canadian Fighting for Its Recognition
If an in-depth understanding and wholesome appreciation of a thing is dependent on juxtaposition and cross-examination, then no winery knows and loves Roussillon like Res Fortes.
A Gin Made With a Mother’s Love
Ciarán “Rowdy” Rooney, the head distiller at Wicklow, Ireland’s, Glendalough Distillery, didn’t want to make “just another pink gin.” Although he doesn’t speak favourably of what he calls “confected” pink gins, the main motive behind Rooney’s desire to produce a rose gin of distinction is a more personal one.
NUVO’s 5 Steps for Buying Natural Wine in Government Liquor Stores
Here are NUVO’s five steps for finding fantastic natural wine at your local B.C., Ontario, or Quebec alcohol monopoly.
Four World Class B.C. Distilleries With the Best Bottle Offerings
This year, 27 distilleries from the Comox Valley to the Kootenays converged on Vancouver, providing a vibrant scene matched in verve only by the liquors poured throughout. Here are five of B.C.’s best bottles to seek out, at home and afield.
Rolls-Royce is Winter Ready, and Now is the Time to Buy
The drive through Banff National Park is sublime regardless of the car. However, when given the opportunity to drive it in Rolls-Royce’s new Black Badge Ghost, one of the world’s finest cars, the experience becomes even more sublime.
NUVO Menswear Guide April 2022: The French Refresh
For this edition of the Menswear Guide, NUVO looks to our spiritual home’s neighbour to the northwest, offering up seven of the best pieces of French menswear to have in your wardrobe this summer, regardless of the fact that you’re sunning on the shores of Lake Ontario rather than the French Riviera.
5 Ridiculously Luxurious Wine Accessories
Apart from a standard corkscrew and a basic stemmed glass, wine accessories are luxuriant but totally unnecessary. Here are five of the most fun—and totally unnecessary—accessories available to today’s hedonist.
Bar Susu: Vancouver’s New Pop-Up Wine Bar & Restaurant
Bar Susu, the new pop-up wine bar/restaurant venture from the team at Published, which has set up shop in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, displays remarkable culinary cohesion, even when it doesn’t quite have a defined cuisine or style.
Find Your Zen in a Wood-Fired Hot Tub
Inspired by two bathing traditions—the Japanese onsen and the Scandinavian sauna—Craig Pearce added a contemporary designer’s flair to an age-old tradition. The wood-burning hot tubs are crafted in Canada, made from Western red cedar and marine-grade aluminum, a material that is one of the most recyclable around.
Neapolitan Sprezzatura Comes to Toronto
Occupying the old Pink Tartan storefront, built in 1867, Isaia has found a fittingly idiosyncratic space in the fashionable Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. A contemporary addition to the building’s rear heightens the square footage, and in the lounge on the lower level one can enjoy a drink while master tailors tend to their suit’s every need.
For Gabriella Bergsten, the Natural Wine Movement Is a Women’s Movement
With the quality of output from women in all areas of the wine industry—sommeliers, importers, vineyard managers, and winemakers among them—now is a fantastic time to taste and talk with the women staking their claim in a historically inhospitable environment.
Virgil Abloh Channels Le Corbusier for Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2022
For his Pre-Fall 2022 collection, “Daybreak,” Virgil Abloh went back to his roots, setting the lookbook for his playful, denim-laden collection in the exteriors of another Le Corbusier masterpiece: the Firminy complex in Lyon.
Island Wines Are in Season
What then are the attributes that define the island wine style and why are they perfect for drinking right now? That would be the soils and the winds.
Aasha Wines Tell and Make for Love Stories
The stories, though not all specifically about love, delineate the intimacies that led Puri and Rook to one another, how brief moments and long, dark nights of the soul can bring people together much as wine can.
NUVO Menswear Guide February 2022: Shoulder Season Style
It may only be February but brighter days are well on their way in NUVO’s neck of the woods. The rain is starting to feel more nurturing than numbing, the lighting more halcyon than halogen, and the clothing more sultry than somber. Here are seven essential menswear items for this shoulder season.
The Canadian Brands Supplying the Sober-Curious
There has never been a better time to be a sober, or sober-curious, drinker in Canada. Companies all over the country have set out to improve upon the dire options previously available, crafting spirits, wines, beers, and mixed drinks that rival alcoholic options.
D.O.P: Where Instagram-Worthy Raviolo Is on Hallowed Ground
Calgary’s newest hotspot, D.O.P, in the former home of Bar Von Der Fels, seems to have respected the codes and customs of its namesake authority. The traditional fare of its downtown 1 Street SW address is distinguishable by its adherence to the exhilarating admixture of rusticity and gastronomic boldness.
From Canada and Beyond, Kosher Wine Is Worth Celebrating This Holiday Season
For Hanukkah, wine must be kosher, which can limit choice, though that is changing thanks to a new wave of kosher wine and winemakers.
Meet the Canadian Wineries Defying the Conventional/Natural Divide
Naturally produced Canadian wines geared towards the more traditional wine drinker.