Today I present a guest blog post by our fabulous CanadianLiving.com food intern Alexandra Ward. She took one for the team, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame to sip wine and learn all about an exciting new venture in hockey and wine. Food journalism can be tough, I have to admit. :) Enjoy her report & exclusive event photos below. ---- By Alexandra Ward If there’s a more natural Canadian pairing than hockey and alcohol, I haven’t found it. Traditionally, the first drink that comes to mind when you think of hockey is -- beer. But as I learned last nigh at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the times are a-changing! Not to mention the palates of former NHL players. Canadian hockey legend and former Toronto Maple Leaf, Johnny Bower, was on hand last night to help launch the new, exclusive Hockey Hall of Fame wines developed by Diamond Estates. “At my age wine is terrific, more so than hockey,” he shared. [caption id="attachment_3387" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Wine lover and former Maple Leaf goalie, Johnny Bower"] [/caption] For those of you not raised as Leaf fans, Bower was the goalie in net the last time the Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967. [caption id="attachment_3388" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="New! Hat Trick wines, made exclusively for the Hockey Hall of Fame"] [/caption] The NHL Alumni Association has paired with Diamond Estates to launch Hat Trick wines (seen in image above). Hat Trick Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. Hat Trick White is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay-Muscat. Proceeds from the sale of each bottle go to the NHL Alumni Association to support various charitable causes and promote the game of hockey in Canada. Both are available now at the LCBO for just $12.95 per bottle, and will roll out across Canada in coming months. [caption id="attachment_3389" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Winemaker Tom Green from Diamond Estates "] [/caption] Winemakers Tom Green and Scott McGregor recommend pairing the white with salads and light chicken meals -- avoiding heavy cream-based sauces. When enjoying the red, they suggest sticking with barbecue and burgers. ----- Thanks Alex! Are you more inclined to buy a bottle of wine if proceeds go to charity, or do you buy for value?