Castello di Gabbiano 2010 BellezzaCastello di Gabbiano 2010 Bellezza

Stunning wine from Chianti juggernaut Gabbiano. This wine will fit under the new “grand selection” tier of chianti with the 2013 vintage, but for now, just know it’s delicious. Generous fruits, floral character, menthol, leather and spice box balanced by perfect tannin structure. Drink or keep, it retails around $40-45.

Available in stores across Calgary.

— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine
Sea Bass with Roasted Zucchini - Centini Sea Bass with Roasted Zucchini – Centini

Centini offers a business express lunch like Big Taste – every day!

All the choices include the soup of the day and dessert too. As soon as you’re seated, a basket of freshly homemade breads, crackers and grissini arrive to nibble on while you choose.

The Sea Bass with Roasted Zucchini is perfect for me at lunchtime. It comes with red pepper aioli, fresh market veggies and potatoes. It’s light but satisfying at the same time.

Sea Bass with Roasted Zucchini, $30 at Centini Restaurant & Lounge, 160 8th Ave SE, 403-269-1600,, @CentiniCalgary

Gabriel Meffre Laurus GigondasGabriel Meffre Laurus Gigondas

Laurus Gigondas comes from the southern Rhône in France, where only red and rosé wines from syrah, grenache and mourvedre grapes are produced.

At first, the aromas of this full-bodied wine are all cassis and licorice, with bramble fruits and pepper on the palate, but when you let it sit for a while, it opens up and flavours of sweet blackberry and rosemary emerge, staying right through to the long finish. Laurus has firm tannins, so pair with something a little more fatty like ribs.

Only 6,000 bottles are made, so it’s a great value at $27 and available in stores across Calgary.

— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine

Falafel - Shawarma StationFalafel – Shawarma Station

Looking for a quick lunch, I popped into Kensington’s Shawarma Station for a bite to eat. Although the shawarma was tempting, I had a craving for falafel — and Shawarma Station did not disappoint. My takeout box was filled to the brim with falafel, rice, tabbouleh, veggies along with hummus and garlic sauce for dipping. I think I’ll be back next week.

$11.50 at Shawarma Station, 227 10 St. N.W., 403-283-0606

— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
Negroni and the Toronto – Milk TigerNegroni and the Toronto – Milk Tiger

If there’s one place I instantly think to visit when I need a properly fashioned cocktail, I head to Milk Tiger on 4 street.

Nathan Head’s venue has one of the most complete lists of classic cocktails and modern twists that you’ll find anywhere in Alberta.

In this shot there’s a lovely Negroni, a heady trio of Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth – served in a rocks glass over a proper ice cube. The coupe contains another favorite, The Toronto. Essentially a Rye Old Fashioned, with the addition of Fernet Branca.

$10 at Milk Tiger Lounge, 1410 4 St. S.W., 403-261-5009,, @milktigerlounge

— Tarquin Melnyk, contributor and partner at, @livelikeburning

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