WINO WEEKEND: Cheval Noir Bordeaux

The weekend of reds continues with a Merlot made in the Bordeaux region from Cheval Noir by Mähler-Besse.


Before you take a sip, start by breathing in the aromas of the Cheval Noir. This wine features black currants, plums, a whiff of a cigar box, and cedar-spice aromas. In other words, it has subtle notes of well round black fruits with a hint of toasted woodyness with subtle tobacco. The colour is a deep and bright ruby red. You will notice a mouth feel of light fruits and extra dry tannins with a medium acidity that lasts and finishes on cherry notes. This is an extra dry red. On the palate you will notice a mix of cherries, black berries, and an earthiness that opens up in this wine. The wine ends with a subtle note that one can only describe as subtle spice; it has a long finish. This is a delicious red wine to serve with medium cheeses at your next gathering, or a roast if you are one of those type of people who cook at home. And it’s a deal at $16.


I make it no secret that I have a thing for red wines and am always on the hunt for a new great Cabernet Sauvignon. Sure, I like a good Malbec or Syrah but a Cabernet will always be my old standby favourite. I wll admit that in the past,  I was one of those wine snobs that hates anything New World (yeah I just used that antiquated term) but have been pleasantly surprised by a few North American vineyards as of late, including Beringer Vineyards.

This weekend (well, today, Saturday), I am all about Beringer‘s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is full of ripe dark fruits (including blackberry) and accented by hints of cedar and rich dark chocolate. The feel is dense and lush, with juicy berries and a rich structure; it features rounder tannins and silky finishing notes. But what does that all mean? It’s fucking fecund deliciousness (What’s fecund? Look it up). If you appreciate a more radiant, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon then you will love this wine. Pick up a bottle this weekend – or four.


Details: the blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Art for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is Art (or books).


I have been an admirer of Jade Rude since she broke onto the scene. Rude is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist whose aesthetic combines playful and minimalist. Plus she loves working in text. Three of my favourite things: play, minimalism, text. But more than that, Jade uses perception-shifting tactics to explore the relationship between reality and representation. She blurs the lines between presentation and representation, or the self, re-presentations of the self and Otherness. This pieces is functional as a mirror yet skews our opportunity for self examination through reflection. Both pieces available through Caviar20.




Camo Gringo


I have to admit that I have a strange attraction to camouflage, especially for someone who grew up uber prep in head to toe RL and playing tennis at the Country Club. Yes it was pretentious, and privileged, but shouldn’t my rebellion be over at my age? Apparently not, hence my love of camouflage. Enter the Gringo Coat. 100% cotton and reversible to solid army green.

Although maybe I should just buy the plain coat and print Gwai-Lo on the back? Available online, $320


Knit Long Johns

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I recently discovered my new favourite pair of long johns thanks to the Drake General StoreThe Arborist Sweater Long Johns. Created by the Drake’s in house designers for their Arborist line, these long johns feature a sweater pattern. You can never have enough long johns.

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Smart Camo


I have been a big fan of Quill & Tine ever since the brand launched – they are my go-to gloves for winter thanks to their touchscreen capabilities. That’s right these gloves are not only stylish but you don’t have to take them off to use your smartphone in the winter weather. Each gloves is made with Italian leathers and feature a cashmere lining. The leather is permanently impregnated with the touchscreen technology so it will never wear off (some brands simply treat the outside surface of the gloves and that eventually wears off).

The brand recently launched a very limited edition collection for Holiday – both for women and men. Some of the models were produced in numbers less than 10, so snatch up your favourites before they disappear forever. My pick? The camo of course. Act now to get the HOLIDAY25 discount (enter HOLIDAY 25 at checkout to get 25% off).

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Tom’s Fecundity

I recently discovered the new line of candles from Tom Dixon while wandering along West Queen West. His latest home scents collection come in beautiful glass vessels and are inspired by the four elements – earth, air, water and fire. I was instantly drawn into the earth scent: a seductive concoction of mint, cedar and guaiac wood. I love its mossy freshnness, its fecundity. $200.


Sauvé Your Interiors


Self proclaimed fashion badboy Christopher Lee Sauvé, who brought you controversial fashion t shirts, is now bringing his pop art styles into your interiors. On December 17th at 9:00PM, GILT will hold an exclusive online art event featuring giant printed canvases by Christopher Lee Sauvé.

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Mathigot’s CDG

It should come as no surprise that I love Comme des Garçons – their intellectual approach to fashion and art is unparalleled. CDG has now teamed up with well know fabric artist Aurélie Mathigot on a series of wallets.  Mathigot‘s main medium of work is yarn; she has a unique mastery of it both two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally. She has combined these skills on a series of creepy-luxe wallets and pouches.

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All are made of 100% cow-hide leather and feature printed designs with partial embroidery. Available now.

Macking MacBook

Because your MacBook should be carried in a beautiful leather portfolio that costs more than the average non Apple laptop.

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Prestigious Swedish tannery Tärnsjö Garveri has been expertly hand-crafting leather accessories since 1873. No corners have been cut to make this reassuringly sturdy leather MacBook portfolio, and the natural method of dying the leather is a lengthy process that takes days to prefect. This age-old technique ensures each piece develops its own patina. As well as a spacious pouch for your laptop, numerous slots will keep important documents in order. $680