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529 Wellington

5 Restaurants for Wine Lovers

Courtesy of Fusion Grill

Courtesy of Fusion Grill

Calling all oenophiles: these restaurants are must-visits for wine lovers of all stripes.

At DeLuca’s Cooking School, sip specially paired wines provided by attached DeLuca Fine Wines while chef Anna Paganelli demonstrates how to prepare elaborate Italian dishes. Call for class schedule and to register. 950 Portage Ave, 204‑774‑7617, delucas.ca

529 Wellington, Winnipeg’s most lofty steakhouse, maintains its elevated reputation with an award winning wine list so thick it could have been written by Proust. More than 800 selections pair with anything from porterhouse to prawns. 529 Wellington Cres, 204‑487‑8325, 529wellington.ca

Mona Lisa Restaurant is a top pick for comforting red sauce Italian fare in a sleek yet casual atmosphere. The adjacent cantina is perfect for variety-loving imbibers, with 20 featured wines offered by the glass. 1697 Corydon Ave, 204‑488‑3684, monalisarestaurant.ca

Fusion Grill stokes Canadian pride with its sophisticated use of regional ingredients, and local love doesn’t stop there. Owner Scot McTaggart (pictured) built an extensive wine list that is exclusively Canadian, and sure to win over even old-world enthusiasts to the Canuck terroir. 550 Academy Rd, 204‑489‑6963, fusiongrill.mb.ca

Forget hot cocoa—cap off a day of outdoor activities with a glass of vino at The Common at The Forks. Pours by the glass or in tasting flights are perfect to sip while relaxing in the food hall or even browsing the market’s upper level shops. The Forks Market, 204‑942‑6216, theforks.com

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Top 5 Saucy Secrets

Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Anyone who’s been guarding a family bolognese recipe will tell you that a pinch of the right secret herb or spice takes a good dish to transcendent heights. These spots have some tricks up their sleeves when it comes to the perfect condiment.

Breakfast, brunch, and lunch at Clementine are divine, with inspired ingredients elevating morning fare. The fried beets, accompanied by jewel yellow, turmeric-heavy curry aioli are a must-have side dish. 123 Princess St, 204‑942‑9497, clementinewinnipeg.com

Beef may be 529 Wellington‘s bread and butter, but the pan seared black cod (pictured) is one of the best fish dishes in town thanks to chef Fraser McCleod’s sweet and briny mirin butter sauce. 529 Wellington Cres, 204‑487‑8325, 529wellington.ca

The silky, slowly simmered bolognese at Italian eatery Cibo gets its rich, savoury depth from veal stock. 339 Waterfront Dr, 204‑594‑0339, cibowaterfrontcafe.com

The butter chicken sauce at East India Company is good enough to eat by the cup—luckily, bottles of the rich, tomato-based curry are available for purchase for home cooks. 349 York Ave, 204‑947‑3097, eastindiaco.com

Golden, buttery hollandaise sauce is a brunch essential, and Stella’s version, packed with strands of dill and ladled over lox eggs bennie on rosemary scones, is the stuff of all-day love affairs. 166 Osborne St, 204-453‑8562; Plug In Gallery, 460 Portage Ave, 204‑772‑1556; Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑8393; Kenaston Village Mall, 1895 Grant Ave, 204-488‑7810; 116 Sherbrook St, 204-477‑5556; James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2nd floor, 204-779-1415; 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204‑275‑2001, stellas.ca

Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Plates for Sharing

Shopping for the holidays is no easy feat but there’s no need to go hungry in the process. Schedule a stop at any one of these outstanding city bistros for a few bites to share amongst friends.

Inside Bistro 7 1/4, saddle up to the chef’s table in the middle of the intimate dining room for a heaping plate of mussels and crispy, shoestring frites. Perfect for sharing, nine flavour combinations will suit any mood but the fennel, leek and pernod hit a subtle sweet note. 725 Osborne St, 204-777-2525. (more…)