September 19th, 2013
Fall is typically the time travel plans turn from far-flung to weekend getaway. Herewith, our packing guide for the short haul.
This MEC Fast-Track 2 Rolling Duffle is sturdy and smooth. Lots of compartments (including one for business cards) so beauty products can be safety stowed away from your favourite cashmere scarf. www.mec.ca
A bottle of shampoo exploding is annoying, but a bottle of wine exploding is a disaster. The JetBag packs does double duty: functioning as a "diaper" for the bottle, it protects it from jostling and rough handling and, in case it breaks, absorbs up the liquid. Take that, conveyor belt! $16.99/3, http://www.thejetbag.com
To give your face a little life - without hauling make-up tubes that can melt or explode in your purse - and slip Mai Couture Blush Papier into your bag. Light as a feather, simply pull out a sheet and press it to your cheeks for a rosy glow. $19.99 at http://virtzubeauty.com
Planning to spend a fair amount of time in the car? Don't rely on your "summer jams '09" remix to get you through the long stretches - download a few podcasts, like Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, the always-interesting David Sedaris on This American Life and up-and-coming comedy writer and actress Chelsea Peretti (not safe for younger ears).
A button-down top is essential for low-maintenance dressing and we love this plaid version from Dace. Wear it open with a tank top during the day then button up and pair with skinnies (or, ok, sweatpants) at night. $210 at www.dace.ca
October 4th, 2008
This Saturday, October 4th marks the release of the storied 2005 Bordeaux, hailed by critics to be one of the greatest vintages of the past 100 years.
So print these expert recommendations compiled just for Vitamin V by Sommelier James Cluer, and get your cute little tush in line.
If you like Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from the Medoc, try:
Château Clarke, Listrac 2005, $39
Château Belgrave, Haut Medoc 2005, $45
Château Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2005, $89
If you prefer Merlot-based wines from St. Emilion and Pomerol, try:
Château d'Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon 2005, $49
Château Grand Mayne, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2005, $79
Château la Fleur Petrus, Pomerol 2005, $139
Or go for the big hitters that will cellar for at least 20 years:
Château Angelus, St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe 2005, $475
Château Leoville Las Cases, St. Julien 2005, $549 (100 points)
James Cluer Selects is a new monthly wine recommendation list based on Cluer's comprehensive blind tastings in each category. To susbcribe and view podcast, visit www.finevintageltd.com