Wino Wednesday: Rennie G


I normally never drink red wines from Canada – there I admitted it. I am a bad Canadian but I also don’t like reds out of the US either. But Rennie ‘G’ changed my attitude about all that. This is the best combination of a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc with an equal part blend of Merlot grapes.  It feels like the best of classic French Cab mashed up with a South American Malbec. This is a lavish and showy red wine with big, concentrated layers of black currants, cherries, raspberries, earth and spices. Serve it at your next dinner party and be surprised when people, say what? This is a Canadian red? Yup, and damn proud of it.

Available through Pour Niagara.

Photo courtesy of Rennie Estate Winery.

The Most Comfortable Tee

Peruvian Pima Cotton Tshirt $65

I am always on the look out for an amazing basic cotton tee that isn’t so basic. Sure there are lots of t-shirts out there (probably too many) and  I have bought tees in practically every price range but it’s always hard to find one that ages well and doesn’t shrink or warp in the seams without spending a small fortune. Why is it so tough to make a good t shirt? I blame the $7.99 tee craze that seems to monopolize the market. Enter the Patrick Assaraf Peruvian Pima Cotton T-shirt – one of the most comfortable tees I have ever worn. And at 65 bucks, it’s a good deal.  This is my favorite tee to wear to bed (well, when I’m not sleeping naked). Apparently you can leave the house in them too.

Car Shopping: Land Rover edition

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As someone who recently purchased a second home in New Orleans, it has dawned on me that it might be time to go back to being a car owner. New Orleans is an amazing city but its public transit is lacking – and besides, I am excited for road trips across the South. On first sight, one would think a smaller compact car like a mini cooper or fiat would be amazing in the French Quarter. It would offer ease of parking and its small and compact size would make it easy to squeeze through those narrow streets. But buying a mini would be a disaster in New Orleans. The cobblestone streets of New Orleans have potholes as big as a mini cooper and an average rainfall would leave your car swimming in the streets. With this in mind it seems I need to be looking at SUVs. Upon further research, I discovered one of the few SUVs that was still drive able in the post Katrina flooded streets was from Land Rover. Apparently those beasts can still drive in up to 3 feet of water.

Discovery Sport

This model was first introduced for the 2015 model year.  It offers up to seven-passenger seating in an optional “5+2” configuration (that’s right, it has two pop up seats in the trunk). Overall the 2016 Discovery Sport is smaller than some of the bigger Land Rovers you are used to seeing – this is the company’s foray into the compact premium SUV market. The nitty gritty: the 2016 Discovery Sport features a 2.0L turbocharged engine producing 240hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, which routes power to standard all- wheel drive through a nine-speed automatic transmission. New for 2016, the Discovery Sport receives several enhancements including: Land Rover InControl® RemoteTM and InControl® ProtectTM & ConnectTM packages. In addition to allowing owners to check vehicle status, InControl® RemoteTM now allows owners to lock and unlock the doors, start the engine and activate the climate control remotely using a smartphone. This is a smart SUV.

But how was it to drive? The vehicle handled amazingly well – very responsive steering. And I appreciated all the high end finished inside the vehicle. Now I just need to take it through some water…. From $41,790


Psychopaths on Parade

This seemed like the perfect cocktail to sip while watching the world go by on a Saturday afternoon. Recipe care of Thompson Hotel Toronto.

Psychopaths on Parade


  • 1 1⁄2 oz Beefeater Gin
  • 1⁄2 oz Lillet
  • 1⁄4 Apricot Liqueur
  • 1⁄2 oz Lime juice
  • 1⁄4 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 drops Hopped grapefruit bitters
  1. Add all ingredients into mixing tin and fill with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass.
  3. Zest with grapefruit.
  4. Enjoy.
  5. Repeat.

Men can wear Mohair


I can still remember the scene when Nicholas Hoult appears on screen in Tom Ford‘s A Single Man in a all white outfit – including a white mohair sweater. Who knew a man could look so good (and so modern) in mohair? Tom Ford did…durh! And now thanks to Raf Simons you can own your very own for fall 2015.


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Gap x GQ 2015

By now you all know about the great collab between the Gap and GQ magazine – if not, listen up. They create a capsule collection with some the best new menswear designers in America. The collection launches Sept 29th. Here’s your cheat sheet on what’s worth buying.

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This coat and these pants from David Hart (and yes, wear them together you fool).

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This knit polo from David Hart (and make sure it fits this well)

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This whole outfit from NSF. Denim on denim is still cool.

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This leather jacket from NSF.

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Every man needs a western shirt in denim. Get this one from NSF.

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This jacket from STAMPD.

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The hat and bag combo from STAMPD.

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Perfect combo of sports luxe from STAMPD.

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This whole suit from The Hill-Side, worn together or as separates.



I was at a recent TIFF lounge, Stylist Suite, when I discovered a unique cuff being worn by one of the hair stylists. He told me that the cuff was made out of metal casing from bullets taken off the streets by local police forces. I was like what? What is this company? I later did a little research and discovered Caliber.

The Caliber Collection is a unisex jewellery company that works with local police forces in four of the most violent cities in the US: Newark, Detroit, Hartford and San Francisco (each city has their own unique collection). They collect the metal casings from bullets that have been taken off the streets and turn them into beautiful pieces of jewellery – each one engraved with the serial number of a gun that has also been taken off the streets. And here’s the kicker, they also donate 20% of the profits to organizations that help victims of gun violence in those cities.

Now to decide which one to buy…

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San Francisco Limited Edition Coal Cuff, $175

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Detroit Brass Cuff, $175

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Newark Brass Cuff, $175

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Newark Brass Cuff with a diamond, $275


ABOUT: The Caliber Foundation offers support to victims, families and communities that have been devastated by illegal gun violence.

Just as the Caliber Collection® creates opportunities for those who may never have walked the streets of America’s most dangerous cities to participate in making those cities a safer place, the Caliber Foundation connects anyone who donates with the organizations and people on the front lines of re-building lives one small act at a time.

Every day in this country lives are lost, and hearts are broken, the Caliber Foundation offers a helping hand when it is needed, acts of generosity on the parts of many, to help families and communities heal and work together to Raise The Caliber.

Photography courtesy of Caliber

Surfs Up


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What’s old is always already new again. Enter BOOM ART and their reinterpretation of Baroque classics on surfboards. Although the average person would simply hang these on their walls, you can actually surf with them (the boards are made by renowned surf factory UWL). The perfect set of boards for your surfer gang.

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Pick up the limited edition triptych set (only 10 sets will ever be made) for $7000 or so.