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Walking the Abel Tasman

5 Great Reasons to Explore Armenian Wines

Fontanafredda Makes a Barolo for Every Palate

A mixed case of whites from The Wine Society

90 Plus Cellars Classic Series Chianti Riserva and Cotes du Rhone – Everyday Values

CTV News: New Online Live Video Wine Course


5 Great Reasons to Explore Armenian Wines

Natalie MacLean

By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm I’ve tasted thousands of wines – perhaps even hundreds of thousands – from all over the globe yet, until now, none had been Armenian. So when I was invited by the Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia (VWFA) to explore Armenian wine culture, I was thrilled to say yes! There is a great energy here, with new wineries, wine bars, and wine shops popping up everywhere, many of them owned by Armenians who, returning from abroad, are investing heavily in this renaissance. Chances are many of us might not be able to point […]

Fontanafredda Makes a Barolo for Every Palate

Natalie MacLean

Fontanafredda Vineyard Priya & Alex, A Vine Romance It was a whirlwind visit for Danilo Drocco, winemaker at Fontanafredda in Barolo, Italy. He swept into Toronto for a lunch and dinner, only to rush back to the vineyard the following morning as they are deep into harvest season and as he said, “My job is to talk about Nebbiolo, but more importantly, to make Nebbiolo.” Alex was especially thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with Danilo as the 1974 Barolo was the first ‘big’ (read “expensive”) bottle of wine he had ever purchased as a gift for his father. […]

CTV News: New Online Live Video Wine Course

Natalie MacLean

 Leanne and I chat about about my new online wine course that launches in January. Registration closes next weekend. Do you want to feel confident about wine in 2018? You can find out more about this very personal and interactive series of live video wine workshops here.

Do Flights of #Wine on This Airline Give You a Vertigo Tasting?

Natalie MacLean

Leanne and I chat about what happens to our perception of wine when we fly, as well as other travel-related tips with wine. My dream flight begins with the wine selection: “We’d like to direct your attention to the wine list in the seat pocket in front of you. You’ll note we have a fine selection of first-growth Bordeaux at the rear of the plane (using the double-arm, two-finger signal), 40-year vintage port is being decanted in the middle aisles and, for our first-class passengers, a vertical of Chateau d’Yquem 1945 through 1960, at the front of the plane. At […]

Mrs. Beachley’s Mulled Wine: A Heart-Warming Holiday Drink

Natalie MacLean

Sponsored Post While Mulled Wine is known by many names and enjoyed the world over–the Swedes call it Glogg; the Chileans Candola and the Dutch Bisschopswijn–this heart and tummy-warming beverage is best known for its British heritage. Mrs. Beachley’s Mulled Wine pays homage to the 1861 classic “Beeton’s Book of Household Management“, the go-to manual for how to run a home in Victorian England. In that book and in the 150 years since its publication, a wealth of usage occasions and mulled wine pairing ideas, have emerged. Whether you enjoy Mrs. Beachley’s out of a thermos at the outdoor rink […]

What Makes Prosecco One of the Most Popular Sparkling Wines?

Natalie MacLean

Photos: Santa Margherita By Melanie Lloyd Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Alberto Ugolini, a passionate and knowledgeable brand ambassador for Santa Margherita, from his home in Italy. With the holidays around the corner and Prosecco’s ever-increasing popularity, it was great timing to talk about this festive sparkling wine. Question: The sale of Prosecco has been increasing globally for the last several years. What contributes to this success? Alberto: There are several factors that fuel the success of Prosecco. The first, and most important, is its flavour profile. Prosecco is a joyful and vibrant sparkling wine. It has delicate bubbles, […]

Mulled Wine: Christmas in a Glass

Natalie MacLean

By Tania Thomas There is nothing that welcomes your guests and says Christmas like soul-warming aromas of slowly simmering red wine with sliced oranges and mulling spices; cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves, star anise, cardamom, and ginger. Considered as a traditional holiday treat in the Old World countries, mulled wine has been warming people’s hearts for centuries. Very first mentions date back to the Roman times. Apparently, Cesar liked his wine heated and spiked with herbs and exotic spices. Mulled wine become especially popular during the Middle Ages warming up long winter evenings, especially around Christmas time. Mixing it with […]

Tasting Barolo, the King of Wines with Fontanafredda (Video)

Natalie MacLean

Recently, Canada’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered in our nation’s capital for a comprehensive tasting of the wines from one of Italy’s best wine producers, Fontanafredda. Here are our impressions and tasting notes.       Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen     The weather may have been rainy, but spirits were bright on a Sunday afternoon as we had the opportunity to celebrate Barolo and learn of one of the gems of Piedmont, Fontanafredda. Alberto Frea, the brand ambassador for Fontanafredda, walked us through the extensive family history of the winery as well as some of […]

Wine Confidential: An Insider Look at the Wine World Video

Natalie MacLean

 You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestseller wine author! Join us Sunday, December 10 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Click on the arrow above to hear Janet’s stories about cheese and wine, cheese and beer and yogurt. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next.         Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the […]

Fresh from Oyster Bay: Hawke’s Bay Pinot Grigio

Natalie MacLean

Step out in the middle of the day on a classic New Zealand’s summer: the brightness is beautifully intense, and sunshine plentiful. But stay about a little, until nightfall, when you feel the land chill quickly, creating one of the longest growing seasons on earth. The cool climate of places like New Zealand results in a slow, almost methodical ripening of the grape. As the warm days edge the grape toward ripeness, the cool nights capture its flavour. Day after day, night after night, this process results in the unmistakably vibrant, fruit-forward flavours of Oyster Bay. Oyster Bay’s Hawke’s Bay […]

Festive Wine and Cheese Pairings with Janet Fletcher Video

Natalie MacLean

   You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Janet Fletcher, Cheese & Wine author! Join us Sunday, December 3 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Click on the arrow above to hear Janet’s stories about cheese and wine, cheese and beer and yogurt. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next.     Cheese & Wine by Janet Fletcher       yogurt by […]

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings December 9

Natalie MacLean

You can access the 158 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for November 25. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before […]

Pairing Wine and Holiday Dishes and Treats

Natalie MacLean

 On Global Television’s Morning Show today, Carolyn, Jeff and I chat about pairing wine with holiday treats such as shortbread, chocolate Santas and fruitcake … … yes, we’re going there ;) Plus, here are bonus tips on pairing wines with other holiday favourite dishes … Can we be honest? Holiday turkey dinner is just an excuse for most of us to chow down on our favourite side dish, whether it’s cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing or sweet potatoes. Often they have more interesting flavours than that dry old bird in the middle of the table. So please, let’s stop kidding ourselves […]

Gift Wines: Tips on How Not to Send the Wrong Message in a Bottle

Natalie MacLean

Leanne and I chat about how to find the right gift wine for everyone on your list on CTV News. Meanwhile, we’re chatting about the same topic with the Associated Press: Wine Gift-Giving Tips for Novice Vinophiles Trendy, tasty and one-size-fits-all, wine is a versatile holiday gift, whether you’re on your way to a house-warming or looking out for something for the in-laws. But navigating the world of wine can be a trial for the novice vinophile. Enter wine experts, who have a few tips on how not to send the wrong message in a bottle. Recon The Recipent A […]

Going to the Heartland of Shiraz with Peter Lehmann Wines Video

Natalie MacLean

 You won’t want to miss our live video chat with  Tim Dolan, Chief Winemaker, Peter Lehmann Wines! Join us Sunday, December 17 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Listen to his stories about Australian Winemaking. Click on the arrow above to hear their story about a royal pairing. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next.                 Peter Lehmann Wines […]

Around the World in 80 Wines with Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist

Natalie MacLean

 You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist! Join us Sunday, November 26 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Click on the arrow above to hear Mike’s story about money, taste and wine. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next.               Mike Veseth   Economist Mike Veseth (pronounced VEE-seth) is an authority on […]

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings November 25

Natalie MacLean

You can access the 128 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for November 11. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before […]

Video: Your Most Pressing Wine Questions Answered

Natalie MacLean

Anne-Marie, Lindsay and I had fun chatting about their most pressing wine questions last week on CTV’s Your Morning, the network’s national breakfast show. Have you ever wondered what to look for on a wine label or if you can cook with a wine? Here to answer your most pressing wine questions is Natalie MacLean, editor of Canada’s largest wine review site at nataliemaclean.com. Q1. Wine Faults   Sometimes I taste a wine and I think, ugh, that’s awful. How do I know if the wine is bad or I just don’t like it?   What do I do if the […]

Video: Pairing Wine & Spicy Dishes from Vij’s Restaurant

Natalie MacLean

You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Vikram Vij and Sean Nelson, Chef and Sommelier! Join us Sunday, November 19 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Listen to their stories about pairing wine with spicey foods. Click on the arrow above to hear their story about a royal pairing. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next.                 […]

Video > Best Wines Under $20 Plus Food Pairings

Natalie MacLean

CTV host Marci and I chat about the best wines under $20 that are in liquor stores now. You can click on the arrow above to watch the video. Here are the wines we featured: Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc Cathedral Cellar Kwv Cabernet Sauvignon Trapiche Fincas Las Palmas Malbec Henry of Pelham Winery Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Winery Family Tree Sibling Rivalry Pink Remy Pannier Sevre & Maine Sur Lie Muscadet Pascual Toso Malbec Santa Alicia Tierra Sur Brut Sparkling Santa Alicia Reserva Carmenere You can watch us play wine version of The Price is Right on CTV’s The Social. […]

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