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A Slice of Perfection

Chilly nights call for the cosy combination of Ontario wine and a slice of fresh-baked pie. From sweet to savoury pie, red to white wine, this surprising pairing is as easy as…pie!
Tuscan Pork Pie

Tuscan Pork Pie

Each autumn, Ottawa residents crave Life of Pie's savoury pies, including its Tuscan Pork Pie. Made from dried plums and locally sourced pork, pie-maker Kerry Duffy's recipe also includes balsamic vinegar and white wine. This pie pairs brilliantly with the dry, slightly spicy and fruity Pinot Noir or with a dry sparkling white.

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Tandoori Chicken Pie Pops

Tandoori Chicken Pie Pops

Noticing the trend toward smaller pastries, Henry deJong of the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company in Waterloo, created cutie pies, which resemble cake pops but can be filled with fruit or savoury ingredients–including his Tandoori Chicken. These tasty treats pair well with a dry, crisp white wine or a chilled apple cider.

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Pumpkin Pie from Leamington Bakery, Leamington

Pumpkin Pie from Leamington Bakery, Leamington

Nothing quite says "fall" like pumpkin pie from Lakeside Bakery in Leamington. A Lakeside staple for more than 15 years, Danielle Tartaro's recipe calls for fresh pumpkin puree–"never from a can," and topped with real whipped cream. Try with a glass of Highballer Pumpkin Ale from Grand River Brewing. It's made from fresh local pumpkins and features notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Tourtière

Tourtière

Baker Ruth Anne Schriefer of The Pie Plate & Café in Niagara-on-the-Lake makes pies to pair with local area wines. She recommends pairing her take on the classic French-Canadian tortière with a dry, firm red such as a Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir. Together, these wines and pies are as autumnal as turning leaves.

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Pear and Cranberry Pie

Pear and Cranberry Pie

Baker Wanda Beaver grew up in Niagara, where the fresh, local fruit inspired her to make pies. Today, Wanda's Pie in the Sky in bustling Kensington Market is the epicentre of local eating and culture in Toronto. An autumnal favourite, Beaver's Pear Cranberry pie melds the tartness of cranberries with the subtle sweetness of local pears, and is splendid with a dessert or cranberry wine.

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