Merry & Bright

We awoke to glorious sunshine this Christmas morning. And, unlike most of Canada, we have a green, rather than a white, Christmas. Coming from Saskatchewan, land of snowbanks, all I can say is, Thank goodness!  You don’t have to shovel rain.

Christmas was a more low-key affair than usual this year—the halls are less decked, some vintage ornaments remained in their boxes, shopping and baking were pared back for a simpler, more relaxed holiday with the focus on our family and the traditions that mean the most.

But although the tree was smaller, the turkey was bigger. So large, it wouldn’t fit in any vessel in the kitchen for brining. So we came up with a very Canadian solution:


If you’ve never tried brining, I highly recommend it for a juicy and flavourful bird.

The festive wine was a French rosé in a beautiful rose-shaped bottle.


More than anything, Côte des Roses celebrates the Mediterranean lifestyle, something Gerard Bertrand has done with style for more than two decades. The Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah blend comes off mostly hard limestone and schist with a lesser contribution of gravels from the rivers of the Languedoc region. Strawberry, watermelon and citrus with fresh lively mineral undercurrent supports a similar flavoured palate with a riff of Southern France garrigue. Dry, firm and elegant, a pairing of lobster comes to mind, as does a spicy tuna poke. The bottle is original with its base in the shape of a rose, created by a young designer from the Ecole Boulle. It’s a wine intended to be given in the same way you would offer a bunch of roses.

~ 89 PTS. Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi On Wine

Clean and fresh, with a delicate, balanced profile of white raspberry, cherry and lemon zest supported by lightly tangy acidity. Hints of mineral and herb show on the finish. A Provence-style rosé.

~ 90 PTS, Wine Spectator


Dessert was a gorgeous DARK CHOCOLATE ORANGE BUNDT CAKE eaten fireside.


Best wishes for a joyous Christmas.


Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé 2017: Gérard Bertrand; In BC



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