We are Nicole (witch name, la petite garçon) & Krysta (witch name, kika), but prefer if you refer to us by our maiden name, The Grape Witches. We live and breathe the best wine and magic. Together our coven is deliciously unstoppable. Events. Reviews. Sorcery.
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LCBO AND U. ✋🙂✨ The evening after solstice and the town was abuzz.
“The winter, it is coming!” They thought (grimly), “always does”.
But do not despair, look what we found, it’s right here!
An orange wine in the LCBO (!), like OMG, world premiere!
Orange wine is a white wine that's soaked on its skin.
It has tannin and texture, but with acid, light within.
This one is from Chile made in Maule, Central Valley.
Yes we said CHILE, lots of exciting producers seeking balance (think new Cali)
80 year old Torrontel spends 6 months in a soak
It emerges dark yellow, full of flavour, like a (good-nasty) cloak
Peaches and apricots, and flowers, they’re all there
also bandaid and musk and is that burnt hair?
It’s challenging and wild, why not give it a try??
If not this than another, ask a somm, don’t be shy!
Orange wines pair with many things: cheese, meat, pickles and cream (Rhyming is actually very hard, why must this be our constant day-dream.)
Our July party comes up soon (!!), much more next week.
For now, an LCBO weirdo, a misfit, one to seek. #lcboandu #whyarewelikethis
FYI this is fucked. FYI we believe these women and the ones whose stories were not told. FYI we have consciously not supported these wines since knowing the extent of these accusations, but deeply regret not doing it sooner. FYI we have seen glimmers of these comments from Norm ourselves and heard stories for years. FYI we are pretty upset, to be honest, and don’t know if you want to hear about it here - a place of celebration of all that is joyous and good - but feel like it’s too important to not say something, not in a story, not as an illusion, but concretely, so here we are. Thank you to the women who spoke out.
You can call us Captain.
:( stole our slogan “cloudy with a chance of never showering again, instead cleaning ourselves from the inside with natural wine” 🍇🍷💦😭🐼 #signswork #help #copyright #denturehearing
Happy Father’s day to our dad Frank Cornelissen. Sure you were always climbing mountains in Belgium when we were born from eggs. And yeah, you were harvesting on an active volcano in etna during our dance recital. And maybe also you were buying long shorts with Action Bronson during our Valedictorian speech on whole cluster fermentation in Georgian Qvevris. But you know what! You are still our dad and we love you. You didn’t respond to our last few texts, but we’ll still pour out your magnums and double magnums at our July 2nd party because we know you care and so do we. Today and everyday, bless u.
LCBO AND U. 💫 2006 gave us many gifts. Shiloh Jolie Pitt, Facebook opening to all (your mom getting Facebook), Hannah Montana debuting on Disney and Britney Speaks and K-Fed calling it quits. While all this was happening, a little winery in Abruzzo was fermenting Montepulciano between three national parks. “I love you”, the Pizzolo family cooed to their gurgling ferment. “I don’t care what you want to be when you grow up, you can do anything!” Time passed and the gurgling ferment took shape. “Isn’t it funny how my heart is now a liquid, almost a wine”, they thought in that bleary moment before sleep. Could they have guessed that their little nugget would land here, a forgotten, but precious backyard in Toronto, Ontario, uncorked and poured enthusiastically into a @maggieboydceramics cup to sip on in yoga pants with no intention of doing yoga? Years later, she tastes like what we imagine Carlos Santana was drinking while writing ‘Smooth’, which is to say smooth, but also more. She tells the story of old libraries after dark, a well-worn leather sofa, a puff of a cigar marking a moment in time, a night train when everyone sleeps but you, the peace in telling your truth, the silence between old friends and a comfort in your skin that just takes time (maybe also therapy). It is not often that such old wine is available by the bottle. It is not often that it costs $24. It is not often that it is a wide Vintages release in many stores. For these reasons and the ones we stated maybe buy one. Maybe wait till it’s dark and uncork a bottle outside, amongst friends, thinking of us, humming Carlos Santana, about that part, we are sorry. #lcboandu
OH HEY GUYS. 🌹 July party alert! 💫 1. It is happening. 🌿 2. It is happening on July 2nd, a holiday Monday and the day after Canada Day, which shall henceforth be called Grape Witch Party Day, But Let’s Be Real Night. 🦇 3. It is at @parisparisbar where we will be doing a complete and total takeover. #YES 🇫🇷 4. The theme is #nicewinesinaniceplace AKA all of our most favourite rare treasures pouring wild and free by the glass all night. 🏆 5. Education Hour tickets - where we go through 6 or our favourite wines of the night - are up! Link in bio. 🐬 6. No tickets needed for the regular party, which will beautifully rage from 8 pm till last call. 7. Dance with us, if you’re into that kind of thing. 8. Take our hand, but only if you are comfortable with that. 9. We really wanted to throw a Mambo No. 5 reference in here, but at this point are not sure how and also the lyrics are pretty messed up we rly hope this was all open and consensual non-monogamy and if so we tip our hats to you, Lou Bega and are sorry we weren’t better able to repurpose your listicle. 10. Tarot by @queenofswordsband, music by @racheljoy hashtags used ironically but at a certain point earnestly by #allofus. 📷: @ardenwray
May we present to you some of the cute animals of Raventós! ☀️ The wines are incredible, that’s a fact! 🥂 But if u know us u know we are obsessed with winery animals (and wines with animals on the label) and these guys have them all. 🐴🐕🐇🐐🐑🐖🐌🐤🥂🥂🥂xoxox Krysta here freaking out and taking all the photos of grape vines and Pepe’s new bunnies and good doggos
Happy Portugal Day! Dia de Portugal!! Today we celebrate the people, wines and anchovies of Portugal. As a result, we are risking arrest by offering this bottle shot IN THE STREETS OF TORONTO. Arrest us! In the police cruiser we will still taste the muddled cherry pits, the wet mud caked on our boots, the old fruitcake, the raw earth of this wine from Bairrada. Vadio is a small organic winery run by Luis Patrão, his Brazilian girlfriend Eduarda (lol stole this from the site cause too good, IS THAT HOW U ALWAYS INTRODUCE HER EDUARDO), and his father Dinis. Their mission is the revival of the region’s traditional grape varieties - Bical, Cercial, and Baga, which were ripped out to plant Cabernet and other international varietals, but are in fact and of course special and delicious!! Order the Bacalhao! Pretend you know about sports and yell out “Ronaldo”! We don’t care! We are lucky to spend many nights on the streets of Portugal in Toronto and we love it so. #felizdiadeportugal
LCBO AND U. We drove to the Italian LCBO in Vaughan (!) to find you treasures. ⚱️There were SO MANY BANGERS that we will put in our stories (and we would love to drink anytime!!!), but for value/ deliciousness/ summer mood we could not beat this natural sparkling rosé from @casebianche that was $26 and plentifully stocked. 🙂 Made just outside Cilento National Park among citrus, olive and fig trees, it hails from a 1 hectare plot of aglianico, which is smaller than the inside grassy area of a 400 meter track. #gotigers 🐯 Aglianco, traditionally, is broad-shouldered and bold type-y, but here goes to art school and discovers veganism. Is not ashamed of who it is, explores what it could be. Fermented a second time in bottle and released without being disgorged - this means lots of tasty grape-sludge at the bottom of the bottle, which looks like sugar crystals from a fun dip pack or red sand from a whimsical chess timer. The makers, Elisabetta and Pasquale, recommend inverting the bottle to incorporate the sediment. We recommend throwing it in your freezer and naturally jostling it as you vie for space amongst the edamame and Tofutti Cuties. 🦇 Let it cool as you cut up carrots, celery and that shrivelling pepper to eat on your friend’s deck later. Bike half way there - full from the chips you ate while preparing the vegetables - and realize you have forgotten the bottle. Hurry back and find it just now perfectly cold. Once settled, open the crown cap carefully and pour the orange-crush-meets-strawberry-fizz into your friend’s thick glasses her parents bought her at bed, bath and beyond. Tune out of her latest therapy session progress - proud of her tho!!! - as you let yourself be lost in taste: pickled red fruits, orange rinds, the back of a boat in late summer. 🍉 You can’t think of other words but you taste other words and feel like perhaps you would feel ON THE BOAT if you just closed your eyes, though really you prefer to be ashore unless it’s the river gambler and that’s not till August calm down. Anyways, we mean to say, we like her very much and we think you will too. Take a trip to Vaughan! Where that! Do not worry we put a link to location in bio! #lcboandu