Welcome to Second Ferment! Wine pairs well with life ... and food, travel, people, work and play. Grab a glass and join me as I explore the wine scene in Ottawa, Canada, and beyond. Love hearing from my readers, so please leave a comment or drop me a line. Cheers! - Bethany

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Ottawa's Food Fest: Eat Drink Spring!

The inaugural Spring edition of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival launched at the EY Centre in Ottawa this past weekend. Joan Culliton, director of the festival, and her crew rolled out the welcome tulips to bring a much-needed burst of colour and light to us poor snow-bound masses.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fyne Wyne at the Yawt Club

Selections from Nova Scotia's
Benjamin Bridge
Me: So, you wanna come with me to a wine tasting?
Hubby: Sure. Where's it going to be?
Me: At the Britannia Yacht Club.
Hubby: Oh ... (delivered in his best Thurston Howell the Third voice) The Yawt Club? Bryllyant, lovey, simply smashing. Do have a lovely time, will you?

You have to admit, telling someone you're going to a wine tasting at a yacht club sounds a little high-brow, n'est-ce pas? But this tasting was far from being pretentious. The west- and east-coast hospitality of Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble just doesn't work that way.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Here's what us wineaux do for fun on a Friday afternoon on Twitter:

Things very quickly went off the rails for me ... (Productivity what??)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring: Are We There Yet?

Yesterday, it was 4 degrees Celsius. The sun was shining, there were birds singing, snow was melting and ... could it possibly be true? ... there was GRASS along the side of the road.

Today, they're calling for upwards of 15cms of snow and a wind chill of -26.

Want spring? Can't have it. Quit renting space in my brain, Mother Nature.

Saturday, March 08, 2014


Lately I've been admiring the collections of photos on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #100happydays. Frame after frame of all the lovely things of daily life, filtered and Instagrammed into near-perfection. The premise is great - seriously, how can you NOT have time for happiness? I loved it so much I decided to take on the challenge myself.

I lasted two days.
Then I bitterly uninstalled the photo editor on my phone and proclaimed myself a failure.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MWF w 2 DDs Seeks Inspiration

"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'."
- Shawshank Redemption

Today, I bought new art supplies, worked on a blog post, did some 60-second writing exercises, caught up on reading other blogs, reviewed a wine and hired a personal trainer. Gettin' busy livin'.
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