A Bubbly Welcome to 2015

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments
“What did Dom Perignon say to fellow monks after he invented champagne? … Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.”Cooking With Sin Happy New Year 2015 champagne bottle 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

While I appreciate all different kinds of wine, I have a special spot in my heart for bubbles. That’s what I call it. Bubbles. Mm…yes. Sparkling wine, champagne, prosecco, cava, espumante, asti, cuvée, sekt… even frizzante. Yum.

And there is not a better way to welcome in the new year than popping the cork on a bottle of your favourite.

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Looking for tips on buying bubbles here in Ontario? Check out the sparkling wine reviews on Natalie MacLean’s site. I’ve been known to put some reviews on the site on occasion. You might find it helpful.

Cooking With Sin Carla Johnson Happy New Year 2015 champagne glasses

Be at war with your voices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person.
-Benjamin Franklin

Wishing You and Yours Blessings for 2015!

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Cooking With Sin 2014 Calendar – October

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Each month in 2014, I am sharing a calendar page that includes a CWS recipe. Here is October’s!

Click to open up the large version of the calendar page, then right click and save or copy it for yourself. Print it off for your fridge, share it with a friend, post it at your office… etc.

I just ask, if you use it in a document, please use the entire image, so Cooking With Sin gets the credit. Thank you. It is yours to enjoy!

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Check out the story with the original recipe:

“Cool Poor” Champagne Squash Soup

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The Great Canadian Wine Match

Posted on: May 4th, 2013 by Carla Johnson No Comments

This week was the launch of the premiere The Great Canadian Wine Match. The fun slogan is “Red, White and Truth North Food.”

Please join in and vote. It is wine pairing in 6 different categories: chicken, beef, pizza. cheese, seafood, dessert. Click on each image below for each different category. I have nominated a wine in each of the categories.

If you tweet, use the hashtag #GCWM. Thanks!

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Best Chicken Wine
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Best Beef Wine
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Best Pizza Wine
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Best Cheese Wine
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Best Seafood Wine
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Best Dessert Wine

Thanks for your votes!

Note – There is a bit of confusion. The image for the Riverview is the same as the Ravine wine. That’s an oops I am trying to correct.

Bring on 2012 with Bubbles!

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.” ~ Tom Waits

A New Year celebration naturally calls for sparkling wine, so let me help you find some great deals.

Natalie MacLean of specializes in finding the best wines for the best prices here in Ontario. This year for New Years, three of her recommendations are:

A James Bond Favourite!

Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve, A.C., Champagne $53.95

An “Affair to Remember” Pink Champagne

Freixenet Cava Cordon Rosado $12.65

My Favourite!

Santa Margherita Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Brut $17.95

You can see Natalie MacLean’s Top 10 Bubblies for 2012 here.

Did you know? While Dom Perrignon did not invent champagne, he did create the cork and wire design that holds the cork in place.

New Years’ Bubbles on a Budget

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 by Carla Johnson No Comments


Heading out to buy some bubbles to bring in the new year? Don’t be tempted by Dom Perignon. Save yourself a lot of $$ and check this out first!

The lastest test by “The Wine Trials” found that in a blind taste test, there were several sparkling wines under $15 a bottle that beat $50+ bottles. Here is their list.


You can see all their test results on their site:


Natalie MacLean is the Canadian author of “Red White and Drunk All Over.” She regularly tastes and compares wines and shares her tips on her site “Nat Decants”

For this season’s New Year’s celebrations, she says,  “There are some terrific bubblies that will add sparkle to your holidays without taking a shine to your wallet.” She recommends the following bubblies…

#1 Santa Margherita Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Brut (Italy). She says it is surprisingly rich and toasty, yet packed with luscious peach and pear notes.

#2 Freixenet Cordon Rosado (Spain) – She says it has lovely aromas of fresh raspberries and strawberries.


But in the latest edition of “The Wine Trials” most wine drinkers reported again that they preferred a $12 bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut from Washington State to the $150 Dom Perignon.

“At a minimum it seems clear that many Americans might be wasting at least $138, at least where taste is concerned,” he said.

Looking for more suggestions? You can read the full article in The Gazette at 

Something I just learned…

Different sizes of champagne bottles have different names and several of them are people from the old testament in the Bible. Who knew??