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    Winter | 2012/13

    InsideWelcome 4Undiscovered Treasures 6Drink of the Season 8Themed Celebration 11Liquid Lexicon 20Gifting 24Expert Advice 26Tasting Menu 29Mixology 34Restaurant Spotlight 39Local Flavour 42Grape Expectations 45Last Bite 50

    occasionsOccasions is a premier food and drink magazine published byTranscontinental Media for NLC and is intended for theenjoyment of Newfoundland & Labrador consumers.

    Publication Director: Greg Gill, NLCFood & Drink Editor: Mark DeWolfEditorial Board: Rob Simms VP Sales and Marketing, NLCGreg Gill Director, Marketing and Communications, NLCVicki Colbourne - Category Manager, Spirits / Beers, NLCBlair Boland Category Manager, Wines, NLCErin Brennan - Special Events Coordinator, NLCMark DeWolf Food & Drink Editor, Transcontinental

    Group Publisher TC Media: Fred FianderRegional Director of Sales: Joel HartlenAccount Executives:John Eagles, Mark DeWolf, Annie LangleyFood & Drinks Editor: Mark DeWolfArt Director: john eatonAdvertising Coordination: Meaghan FerdinandPhotography: Perry Jackson, Ellie YonovaFood Stylist & Props: Mark DeWolf, Kelly NeilContributing Writers: Karen Armstrong, Mark DeWolf,Liz Feltham, Michele LeBlanc, Pat ThompsonCopy Editor: Ken Partridge

    Copyright 2012/2013 by TC Media Inc.All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article,photograph or artwork without expressed written permission from thepublisher is strictly prohibited. Materialssubmitted for consideration should be accompanied bya self-addressed stamped envelope. The publisher cannot acceptresponsibility for unsolicited materials.

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    DisclaimerOccasions Magazine makes no warranties of any kind, written or implied,regarding the contents of this magazine and expressly disclaims any war-ranty regarding the accuracy or reliability of information contained herein.Occasions Magazine further disclaims any responsibility for injuries ordeath incurred by any person or persons engaging in these activities.The views contained in this magazine are those of the writersand advertisers; they do not necessarily reflect the views ofOccasions Magazine and its publisher, TC Media.

    Please note all products listed within this publication are available in mostNLC stores throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. Prices and availabilitysubject to change without notice.

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    On the CoverWinters here! Time to bundle up for coldweather fun! After a brisk day outside, getthe gang together back at the house orcabin for a pot of hearty stew and spikedhot chocolate.page 11

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    WELCOME | TheWinter Issue

    Soups OnOutdoor activities are a big partof most Newfoundland andLabrador residents winterschedule. Weve devised a menufeaturing hearty soups, designedfor an after-ski skating, or tobogganing party. Thesecomfort foods are guaranteed to

    warm up you guests after a day out enjoying the briskwinter air. Enjoy the recipes in our Themed Celebrationarticle, found on page page 11.

    Inspired by the ClassicsWhat better time to curl up infront of a fire than a coldwinters eve? We suggestputting on an old movie fromthe 1960s with a bag ofpopcorn and a warmingcocktail. In ourMixologyfeature, found on page 34,were serving up some classiccocktails inspired by Mad Menand the Rat Pack.

    ATaste of BordeauxNLC is hosting its first Wines ofBordeaux Tasting Event thiscoming February. The tastingfeatures an impressive lineup ofBordeaux wines and should bethe wine event of the year. Toget you primed for this specialevent, weve provided a crashcourse on Bordeaux. Read ourSpecial Events feature on pg45 and discover for yourself

    why the wines of Bordeaux are revered amongst wineenthusiasts and collectors alike.

    Go Out and Get CozyThis winter get out and enjoyour provinces tastes. As KarenArmstrong discovers,Newfoundland and Labrador ishome to some wonderfulrestaurants that are sure tomake it worthwhile to ventureinto the cold. Karen sits downin the comforting environs ofAqua, Basho, and Madisons inthis editions RestaurantSpotlight. Find the article onpage 39.


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    GREAT FINDS | TheWinter Issue

    Infused with SpiritInfuse a little life into your nextholiday party by serving spiritsenhanced with natural flavours.Lambs has retooled its BlackSheep Rum recipe, and now thisvanilla-infused spirit is adelicious treat that can bemixed, cooked with, or enjoyedon its own.

    Closer to home, Newfoundland& Labradors own Auk Island Winery hasmerged the sweet molasses flavours ofScreech Dark Rum with a local blueberrywine to create a unique product bestserved with a little soda. Theresult is a wildly deliciousspritzer. For a treat thatsdelicious anytime, look nofurther than the latestoffering from Baileys.Their newest version,infused with biscotti Italys famous twice bakedalmond cookies will addflare to any occasion.

    Wines to ImpressWow your guests with these offeringsfrom your local Liquor Store. ChampagneVeuve Doussot Demi-Sec is a fragrantChampagne with just a hint of sweetness.Serve it before a meal, with pt, or as

    Undiscovered TREASURESa refreshing closeraccompanied by a lightfruit-based dessert.When it comes to a red wineto serve with the maincourse, weve looked south(way south) for ourinspiration. Norton MalbecReserve and Irony NapaValley Cabernet Sauvignonare two wines that have wonover critics with concentratedfruit flavours, impressive structure, andaffordable price tags. Both winesregularly receive scores of over 90 points

    from recognized wine critics.

    Inspired by the OldCountryMill Street Tankhouse is a paleale inspired by the traditionalbeers brewed in England, butwith a North American twist.This full-bodiedale is loaded withtoasty malt andspicy hop

    character. The NorthAmerican twist is the originof the Cascade hops, whichare grown in the PacificNorthwest.

    Also new to the is The Singleton of Glendul-lan, the last distillery built in Dufftown, in theheart of Speyside. Of course, being the youngkid in town in Speyside means its still morethan 100 years old. This Single Malt is a deli-cate yet spicy dram with a creamy, smoothpalate and lingering dry finish.

    Featured Products:Lambs Black Sheep Spiced Rum(750 ml, $27.25)Outport Blueberry(375 ml, $14.95)Baileys Biscotti `Liqueur(750ml, $30.98)Champagne Veuve Doussot Demi-Sec(750 ml, $45.49)Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve(Argentina, $18.48)Irony Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon(California, $22.99)Mill Street Tankhouse Ale(6 pack, $13.99)The Singleton of Glendullan 12 YO(750 ml, $49.99)


    CRAN-CITRUSPROSECCOPUNCHServes 1Ingredients1 cup sugar1 cup water2 oranges, zested, juiced4 cups cranberry juice1 bottle LaMarca Prosecco

    (Italy, $19.48)Orange slices for garnish

    Directions1. Place the sugar, water and

    orange zest in pot overmedium-high heat.

    2. When the sugar dissolves,remove from the heat andlet cool; strain.

    3. Combine the orange juice,cranberry juice, sugar and watersolution (simple syrup) in a largecontainer or punch bowl.

    4. Ladle punch into glasses and topwith equal amounts of Prosecco.

    5. Add orange slices to each glassand serve.



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    Winters here! Time to bundle up for cold weather fun:skiing, snowboarding, skating, or sledding. After a brisk dayoutside, get the gang together back at the house or cabinfor a pot of hearty stew and spiked hot chocolate.

    Aprs-ski (or skate, or sled) parties should be relaxed andeasy: hot soup simmering gently on the stove, a stack ofbowls and spoons (and homemade biscuits) at the ready.

    Make a soup buffet by placing covered ceramic pots orsoup tureens on home-made trivets on the buffet and let


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