Welcome to Drinksville
Monday, March 16, 2009 | 07:33 AM ET
By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives writer
Today we're taking a trip to Drinksville.com, a video blog that is, in its own words, "here to help you choose the booze." On March 27 Drinksville will celebrate its first anniversary with more than just a glass of bubbly: it'll post a best-of video featuring favourite moments from the year. I sure hope that includes contributor Graham Duncan's recipe for Calimocho, or "Spanish street sangria." It consists of a litre each of red wine and Coca-Cola, mixed together in a plastic bag. Try it at your next backyard BBQ! If you're not that cheap, but still in the market for a good deal, Duncan has a review of a 2007 Chardonnay from South Africa for under $10.
Drinksville.com celebrates one year of helping you drink better. (Photo: Armando Franca/Associated Press)
Duncan has a pedigree as a booze scribe, writing the Drink Up column in Toronto's NOW magazine. Another contributor to the site is "Beer Guy" Stephen Beaumont, a writer, restaurant owner and beer educator who goes head-to-head with "Wine Guy" John Szabo, Canada's first master sommelier.
Imbued with a sense of humour, most of the videos on the site are pretty short, lasting under five minutes and often much less. Drinksville is a good, quick resource for anyone looking to add a few good bottles to their list of favourites. Happy anniversary, Drinksville!
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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