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Wine with Erik! Christmas Edition 2018

Hey everyone!

It’s almost Christmas time!!! Time for another great wine selection!!

Dr. Loosen Riesling 2017, Mosel, Germany – $14.95
This wine has always been one of my favourite rieslings becuase of its amazing value. but be fast! this wine fly’s off the shelf! The wine bright, clear and has aromas of lemon, peach, and apricot. On the palette it has a soft sweetness wish mouthwatering acidity to balance it out which is what makes it a classic Mosel Valley riesling. Enjoy it on its own or with a spicy Thai chicken.

Foreign Affair Dream 2015, Niagara, Canada – $29.95
So I know I try to keep the wines I chose at a reasonable price but I really want to put this wine on the table for you guys because this winery if doing some awesome things here in Canada. This winery puts their grapes through the appassimento process which means the dry the grapes out on racks for a few months befor they crush and press them. By doing this it creates a less diluted flavour and a rich wine. They use this in lots of Italian styles such as Amarone and they wanted to bring that style here to Canada. Okay no lets talk about the wine. The wine Is dark and has complex aromas of blackberries, vanilla, black cherries, figs, leather, and a sweet spice. On the palette the wine has silky smooth tannins layered beautifully with a nice acidity. Enjoy it this year but for a great experience save it for 2 years. Enjoy on its own or with some strong cheese or bbq steak.

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3,2,1 Launch!


Tonights the night! I hope you tune in to a fabulous new show on CTV! Oh so Canadian and oh so exciting! I got a golden ticket to one of the hottest shows hitting the small screen. The Launch! Of course I say nothing about what I saw and all it’s exciting details but I will say. The taping I was at featured one of my favourite artists of all time! Boy George!!!! It was an exciting day for sure and I was one of the lucky few that got to ask Boy George a question during question answer period. He was a gentleman through and through. I never asked him a question but took the opportunity to thank him for building bridges for LGBTQ people around the world through his music and his style! Let the auditions begin!!!


Wine with Erik Cabernet!!

Hey everyone!

I’ve got a great wine for you guys to try this month! This wine is from a well-known producer and some of you might have had wine from them before, but this particular vintage was so fabulous I just had to talk about it.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California – LCBO $17.95
So from the name, you’re like, “Oh yeah, I’ve had some wine from them” but did you have this new 2015 vintage? It sounds weird saying 2015 vintage. To me it feels like 2015 was last year and this is a young wine but then I realize it’s 2017 and it’s 2 years old now… Anyways back to the wine! This wine has such a pleasant nose, filled with blackberry, cassis, mocha, chocolate, coconut, black cherry, like omg, how many aromas can fit in this wine? Now on the palate, I found there was a touch of warm spice, very minimal, and the mocha notes came out a lot more on the palate. The tannins are smooth but with some grip, and nice medium tannins to balance that out. This wine is dry with a good full body and is juicy, perfect with some steaks or burgers. You could also have it with a nice tomato based pasta.

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Wine with Erik! Flor De Maio – Mayflower

Posted by Bruce on February 03, 2016
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cq5dam_web_1280_1280Flor De Maio – Mayflower

Hi! I’m Erik and I will be bringing to you guys all sorts of wine reviews the first Wednesday of every month! Right here on Bruce in the City. I will be reviewing wines with good value, wines with great ratings, and wines that are just so good you will need more than just one bottle of it!

This wine i am reviewing today is a red blend of Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, and Aragonez and is from the beautiful fields of poppies in Portugal. This wine contains some of those floral notes on the nose and is bursting with ripe fruit and juicy berries. On the palette it has good structure, high acidity and sweet tannins, giving this wine good structure and a full body giving this wine an aging potential of another year or two. Pair this red with a burger or some BBQ meats and you will be rockin! Price for this wine is $13.95 in LCBO Vintage section.

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Bruce News!

Posted by Bruce on January 23, 2016
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wine-bottle-sizes-4Hey “Brucesters” I am excited to announce a brand new blog segment starting in February! “Wine with Erik F”! The “F” must stand for “Fabulous” On the first Wednesday of every month my good bud “Erik F” will review some of his favourite wines and let you know what’s fabulous in the world of vino!

Erik F will drop his first review February 3rd right here on Bruce in the City-What’s the Buzz! Stay Tuned!

“Wine with Erik F” February 3rd 2016!

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Next Sunday! A guest “J.P” gives his review of The Phantom (the new show and set design) Stay tuned!

Eat, Drink and be Mary Ellen!

Posted by Bruce on July 09, 2014
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A quick shout out to Lauren Messervey for being my guest Editor over the Summer! Outstanding!
Speaking of outstanding! A devout reader mentioned that she would love to edit for me because she reads my blog every Monday as a form of “Therapy” and so why not? We exchanged texts and within moments I had my new full time editor! Ladies and Gays let me introduce you to….Mary Ellen Monk!
Mary Ellen graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science then went to Loyalist College for diplomas in Social Work and Accounting. She now works full time at a non profit Child Development Centre as the Office Manager and Accountant. Mary Ellen has been with her husband David for 17 years and is the mom of two amazing little boys aged 5 (Wesley) and 8 (Grayson). Mary Ellen & husband David are active in the autism community due to Grayson having autism. He is non verbal and uses both sign language and an augmentative speech device to communicate. In her very limited free time she loves long distance biking (anything from 25 to 50 kms per ride). She is also an avid reader and a perfect addition to my blog as my new Editor! I’m so happy to have you aboard. So, Eat Drink and be Mary Ellen!
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Not so Blue….

Posted by Bruce on July 18, 2012
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Hump Day Happening! It’s been a while since I posted on a Wednesday but as I prepare to enjoy a day in the city and to get on with the enjoyment of reading “Will You Take Me As I Am” I thought it only fitting to tantalize you with the list. The list is only one of the most important list in the world. Well at least here in Canada. It is none other than the top 100 Canadian Albums of all time! We are so inundated with American culture “No offence to my American readers” but I find it amazing that as Canadians we know who the top recording artists are in the U.S.A but when you ask a Canadian “Who is the biggest selling artist of all time, here in Canada” You gret a little grunt and an aw aw I don’t know. Well kids I am here to help you out. With the book of choice for the launch of my book club, I think it only fitting to show you why it so significant. The Blue period refers to Joni Mitchell’s iconic “Blue” album. If you are under 40 you may think “Who cares?” Well you should if you are a music lover. Her influence on pop culture and counter culture still resonates today in many of the younger artists. Many now grace “The List” themselves. So, I hope you were able to get yourself the book and if you get the chance pick up “Blue” or download it from I Tunes! It is still one of the highest selling albums yearly around the world and as perfect recordings go, this would definitely be one of them. Blue is the 2nd best selling Canadian album of all time! Not so blue for being “Blue!”

  1. Harvest, Neil Young (1972)
  2. Blue, Joni Mitchell (1971)
  3. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young (1970)
  4. Music From Big Pink, The Band (1968)
  5. Fully Completely, The Tragically Hip (1992)
  6. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (1995)
  7. The Band, The Band (1969)
  8. Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)
  9. Moving Pictures, Rush (1981)
  10. American Woman, The Guess Who (1970)
  11. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen (1967)
  12. Reckless, Bryan Adams (1984)
  13. Five Days in July, Blue Rodeo (1993)
  14. Twice Removed, Sloan (1994)
  15. Up to Here, The Tragically Hip (1989)
  16. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young with Crazy Horse (1969)
  17. 2112, Rush (1976)
  18. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell (1974)
  19. Whale Music, Rheostatics (1992)
  20. Acadie, Daniel Lanois (1989)
  21. Day for Night, The Tragically Hip (1994)
  22. Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1979)
  23. Gord’s Gold, Gordon Lightfoot (1975)
  24. You Were Here, Sarah Harmer (2000)
  25. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan (1993)
  26. Road Apples, The Tragically Hip (1991)
  27. Gordon, Barenaked Ladies (1992)
  28. You Forgot it in People, Broken Social Scene (2002)
  29. I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen (1988)
  30. Tonight’s the Night, Neil Young (1975)
  31. Decade, Neil Young (1977)
  32. Miss America, Mary Margaret O’Hara (1988)
  33. Surfacing, Sarah McLachlan (1997)
  34. One Chord to Another, Sloan (1996)
  35. Songs of Love and Hate, Leonard Cohen (1971)
  36. Cyborgs Revisited, Simply Saucer (1989)
  37. Ingenue, k.d. lang (1992)
  38. Melville, Rheostatics (1991)
  39. Love Tara, Eric’s Trip (1993)
  40. On the Beach, Neil Young (1974)
  41. Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
  42. The Best of the Guess Who, The Guess Who (1971)
  43. Let It Die, Feist (2004)
  44. The Last Waltz, The Band (1978)
  45. Night Train, Oscar Peterson Trio (1963)
  46. Down at the Khyber, Joel Plaskett Emergency (2001)
  47. Harvest Moon, Neil Young (1992)
  48. Cuts Like a Knife, Bryan Adams (1983)
  49. L’Heptade, Harmonium (1976)
  50. Teenage Head, Teenage Head (1979)
  1. High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Max Webster (1977)
  2. Hejira, Joni Mitchell (1976)
  3. Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould (1955 and 1982)
  4. Fogarty’s Cove, Stan Rogers (1977)
  5. Wheatfield Soul, The Guess Who (1968)
  6. Si on avait besoin d’une cinquième saison, Harmonium (1974)
  7. Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws, Bruce Cockburn (1979)
  8. Frantic City, Teenage Head (1980)
  9. Hymns of the 49th Parallel, k.d. lang (2004)
  10. Hot Shots, Trooper (1979)
  11. Robbie Robertson, Robbie Robertson (1987)
  12. The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies (1988)
  13. Ron Sexsmith, Ron Sexsmith (1995)
  14. Nothingface, Voivod (1989)
  15. Come on Over, Shania Twain (1997)
  16. Everything I Long For, Hayden (1995)
  17. Outskirts, Blue Rodeo (1987)
  18. Joyful Rebellion, k-os (2004)
  19. Sit Down Young Stranger/If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot (1970)
  20. Love Junk, Pursuit of Happiness (1988)
  21. Jaune, Jean-Pierre Ferland (1970)
  22. Somewhere Outside, The Ugly Ducklings (1966)
  23. Electric Jewels, April Wine (1973)
  24. Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot (1973)
  25. Left and Leaving, The Weakerthans (2000)
  26. Clumsy, Our Lady Peace (1997)
  27. Harmonium, Harmonium (1974)
  28. Share the Land, The Guess Who (1970)
  29. Greatest Hits, Ian & Sylvia (1970)
  30. Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf (1968)
  31. Ladies of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell (1970)
  32. Bud the Spud and Other Favourites, Stompin’ Tom Connors (1969)
  33. Shine a Light, The Constantines (2003)
  34. Shakespeare My Butt, The Lowest of the Low (1991)
  35. Clayton Park, Thrush Hermit (1999)
  36. Smeared, Sloan (1992)
  37. Living Under June, Jann Arden (1994)
  38. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell (1975)
  39. Bad Manors, Crowbar (1971)
  40. Official Music, King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar (1970)
  41. Lightfoot!, Gordon Lightfoot (1966)
  42. Mad Mad World, Tom Cochrane (1991)
  43. Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright (1998)
  44. Face to the Gale, Ron Hynes (1997)
  45. Hobo’s Taunt, Willie P. Bennett (1977)
  46. Cowboyography, Ian Tyson (1986)
  47. Favourite Colours, The Sadies (2004)
  48. The Way I Feel, Gordon Lightfoot (1967)
  49. A Farewell to Kings, Rush (1977)
  50. We Were Born in a Flame, Sam Roberts (2004)

“Fonda to Victoria… right here in Toronto!”

Posted by Bruce on August 24, 2011
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Welcome to Wicked Wednesday!

What a busy week so far and I’m just in the middle of it! TIFF is just around the corner and already the city is buzzing with Star Twinkle!

She is cute!  She is sweet! She is talented!!! And, she is at the precipice of a life so desired by many young women her age.  What makes a star?  Allot of push. Yes. Allot of courage, maybe.   Talent?  One thing is for sure, Victoria Duffield has got “it”.  If you have not heard of this singer and dancer, you will!!!

I had the privilege of meeting this fresh and fabulous new artist this week and she was enchanting!!!

Stay Tuned!


From new artist to a classic Actress, Activist, Philanthropist, Author “Jane Fonda” made a quick stop to the Manulife Center Chapter’s/Indigo  bookstore Bloor Street to promote her new book “Prime Time”!

You know, you just know when you are witness to a star with significant Hollywood history that has travelled the road of self discovery.  We all, I think at every new decade, spend most of our energy trying to define self. I can’t imagine doing it in front of a million people.  Not that I have not tried, with the singing thing and the writing thing and don’t forget the comedian thing and oh yeah the stripper thing…. no not really but the truth is when you get to hear someone as significant as Jane Fonda speak of her oustanding life, it’s encouraging to know that even within her great success and fame, she to has spent a life escaping the demons and trudging up those hills to come to that place where she can stand in front of her audience and tell it truthfully and with great conviction, just how it is to just be.

No matter your age! No matter your back ground! No matter your limitations or privileges, You are outstanding at every stage and at every age.

Thank you Jane I appreciated the reminder!

I can’t wait to see her at TIFF, I just know her new movie is going to be Oscar worthy.  And why not she is a never ending energy ball of truth, strength and exquisite wit!


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