Patricia Dinsmore - Wine Writer, Event Planner and Wine Consultant



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Frivolous and Flamboyant - Are you a Fancy Farm Girl?

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you the girly girl who rides a Harley? Are you the figure skater who spends her free time cheering on her favourite hockey team? Do you come home from your construction job to enjoy a fancy martini? Let me introduce you to Fancy Farm Girl wines…


Sue-Ann Staff is tapping into her background, her experiences on the family farm, her work a...

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It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like...

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Yeah, it is that time of the year again folks. No matter which holiday you particularly celebrate in your family it is the holiday season. Our Thanksgiving is long over here in Canada (we have it back in October for any of my American friends) but, in my house, American Thanksgiving is a chance for my hubby and I to sit back, watch football all day, not worry about cooking a huge meal and enjoy our time with friends and family. It is also the time we start thinking about Christmas gift ide...

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Richard Karlo - a friend, a pioneer, an amazing winemaker

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Our little corner of the international wine industry was shaken up last night when word started to spread through Facebook and Twitter that Richard Karlo had passed away. Richard, along with his wife Sherry Mar...

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I Can't Drink Wine

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever had a long day at work and came home looking forward to unwinding with a nice glass of wine? I am sure we all have but what happens when that glass of wine does not agree with you and it makes that already long day become a long evening ahead? I know it feels a little disheartening because I have been there myself but there are definitely options out there on how to deal with this and how to prevent it in the future.


A lot of finding a way around how to pr...

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Wine at your Wedding

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

How many of you are recently engaged?

Two years ago I was in the same situation as you - newly engaged, trying to find a venue (and a wedding dress) and wanting to make sure that the wines we chose complimented the food we were going to be serving.  Some people think of that as impossible or, at the very least, difficult to accomplish.  After all, not every banquet space is going to have a decent line up of wines and even fewer will have what you are looking for.  For me,...

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Bring on the Summer

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The birds are chirping, the temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming and the grapes are growing.  Those are the unmistakable signs that summer has arrived.  When you live in Canada and endure a cold winter - not unlike the one we just experienced - the onset of the summer months feels like a rejuvenation and creates a sense of anticipation for days lounging by the pool, or hanging out on a patio, enjoying a glass of wine with friends and family.  We tend to be creatures ...

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Top Ten Reasons Why You Need To Visit Prince Edward County

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Have you visited Prince Edward County before?  If you have you know just how amazing this little area of Ontario really can be.  If you have not, what is stopping you?  Maybe you thought that Prince Edward County is just about the wineries because that is what a lot of the publicity surrounding The County has been about in recent years but the region is so much more.  Here is a top ten list of things you need to visit when you make the trek out to Prince Edward County.

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Meet the final man of our series - Mr Keith Tyers of Closson Chase Vineyards

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

It is hard to believe that we have made it to the end of the series but here we are.  It barely feels like it has been twelve weeks since I started writing this series but it has been, and it has been a lot of fun in the process.  Today we look at Keith Tyers from Closson Chase Vineyards.  Originally he started his career with the winery as the assistant to winemaker Debora...

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Meet Kimball Lacey - Building a Winery from the ground up

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (2)

We have heard it throughout this blog series - owning a winery is hard work.  It is the life of a farmer, it is hard manual labour and it is very different from working in the city.  Like a lot of the other family wineries in Prince Edward County, Kimball and Liz Lacey decided they wanted to move their family out of the city to raise them.  In the process of finding a job o...

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When Mother Nature throws a curve ball

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Owning a winery is hard work – it is the life of a farmer and those who have decided to pursue this career path have to be dedicated to their craft.  Mother Nature plays such a huge role in any type of farm – it can determine when certain things have to take place and it can wreak major havoc at this time of the year if the temperature decides to drop after a warm spell.  Back a few weeks ago, when we experienced a nice warm spell the vines started to kick into gear and ...

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