Wine Wednesday? Perfect time for this story! A couple weeks ago I attended a media dinner with one of the winemakers from Montes Wine. After hosting a tasting and doing a giveaway of the wine earlier this year, it was really neat to hear personal stories about the family business. (I’d tasted a *few* glasses and read so much before the dinner!)
I joined a few bloggers for dinner in a private room at Red’s in the Financial District. We sipped wines from their vast selection while the winemaker told stories about his father and the partners getting started in 1987. A few things stood out about the history of Montes and how they came to be the pioneer producer of premium quality Chilean wine.
One thing I loved is that he was really into skydiving and his father was a pilot. They would fly around the area looking for good soil, the son would jump out of the plane, check the soil, and they’d go from there. Some of their wines are now produced in soil they found together.
He also said they used to have men and women sort the grapes but the men would always get distracted by sports, start talking, and stop working. The women who sort the grapes (by hand) are able to chat and work at the same time with no disruptions. Ha!
Montes Founding Partners
The four founders grew Montes from nothing to now being sold in more than 100 countries. They helped put Chile wine on the map. I would loooooove to visit Chile. The winery looks beautiful and I want to see all the things they’ve done to be sustainable. They use grazing animals (llama and sheep), have responsible waste management, a biodiversity program, and heaps more. 👸🏼🍷 I’m secretly hoping they invite me to visit!
Theres a few different types of Montes Wine avail at the LCBO. BTW did you see they deliver now? WHAT A TIME TO BE ONLINE.
If you’re reading this in another country there’s a good chance you can find some near you too.
My favs were/are the Montes Alpha Malbec 2012, Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cherub Rosé.
Last week I went to my first Taste of Toronto event at Fort York. I biked over just in time for the media VIP and ribbon cutting. If you’re following me on Snapchat you’ll have caught the behind the scenes vids in real time. [If you aren’t following me on SNAPCHAT yet, GET ON IT.]
I’m using photos by Sam Santos for George Pimentel Photography because when you’re a shorty it’s real hard to get a great photo from behind the photo pit.
Taste of Toronto is a 4 day food fest featuring the city’s finest restaurants, where you can can sip gourmet cocktails, and learn a few culinary tricks on the way from world-class chefs at interactive displays and sessions.
Chef Marc McEwan Kicking off the Festival
Casie Stewart, Taste of Toronto, Pimentel Photography
For me, last month was all about taking a break. The first three months of 2016 were super busy and I was feeling tired. Like, over whelmed don’t-feel-likeinternetting tired. After 10 years of blogging and being part of the internet, I’ve learned that it’s important to recharge your batteries with a break, reading a book, or taking a vacation. Being in media/social media can take a lot out of you and I needed to chill. My trip to Costa Rica was the perfect way to slow down and take a digital detox.
When I got back, Ford hooked me up with a brand new Ford Edge Sport for a week and taught me about mindful driving. I had a private yoga session with YuMee in the Ford Edge where she taught me some tricks for long drives (cottage) or in car stretching (back, wrists, hands, fingers). We did a few poses outside the car too. YOGA ANYWHERE.
YumMee reminded me it’s important to do a posture check when you’re in the car, it’s easy to slouch which can leave you tired or strain your shoulders. Reminder to sit up straight right now!
A couple things I really like about the Ford Edge that I found made it relaxing and chill to drive:
- – Ford SYNC3, you can use Siri while driving and voice commands to control the console
- – no cap on the gas thing aka EasyFuel
- – lumbar support on the front seats, great for lower back
- – Enhanced Active Park Assist, major stress saver for parallel and perpendicular parking
- – Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), the car actually beeps when there’s someone in your blindspot
Next month I’m going on an overnight adventure with Ford Canada and I’m not sure where yet! It’s a mystery for now, looking forward to that surprise. We’re planning to Escape and Discover so I think we’ll be driving the ford Escape.
If you’re looking to learn more about mindful driving and or features on the Ford Edge, visit ford.com.
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