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Going Dutch with South African Wine

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6 Tips to Make You Wine Smart Quick (Video)

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6 Tips to Make You Wine Smart Quick (Video)

Natalie MacLean

1. Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better: Do you need to pay a lot to get a great wine? Ruffino Prosecco, Santa Margherita Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy 2. Look for Second Labels Mondavi ​3. Quick Pairing Tip: Is the Wine ​Mouth-​Watering or  ​Mouth-​Puckering? Kim Crawford Rose v Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 4. Quick Pairing Tip: Would You Use Lemon or Butter? Lindemans Chardonnay versus Henry of Pelham Riesling 5. In the Restaurant: Sniff the glass first/ignore the cork ​Torres​ 6. Don’t Follow Media Hype #ReverseTrendy ​Beringer Merlot​

Video: Wine Industry Must Adapt or Face Digital Darwinism

Natalie MacLean

  You won’t want to miss our Live Video chat this Sunday with Paul Mabray, VP Avero & Digital Maven! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. Discover why Paul says we’ve become a digital society. Listen to Paul’s ideas about helping wineries understand how to  look into the future and connect with customers and consumers. Want to know when we go live Sunday with Paul? Click on the Follow and Like buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and Twitter Live Video via Periscope. Watch here at […]

Video: Norm Hardie on Why You Should Try Prince County Wines

Natalie MacLean

You won’t want to miss our Live Video chat this Sunday with Norm Hardie, Winemaker, Hardie Wines! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. Discover why Norm thinks Prince Edward County is one of the world’s best places to make wine. Listen to Norm’s stories about working in various vineyards around the world, as well as being a sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel. Want to know when we go live Sunday with Norm? Click on the Follow and Like buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and […]

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings August 19

Natalie MacLean

You can access the 112 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 August 5. 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 […]

Travel the Wine World with Kevin Brauch (Video)

Natalie MacLean

You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Kevin Brauch, Food Network TV Celebrity Host! Join us Sunday , August 13 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 Kevin’s entertaining stories about traveling the wine world. Get tips on where to plan your next wine vacation. Click on the arrow above to hear ​Kevin’s story about his visit to Stellenbosch. Watch previous episodes  of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s […]

Cirque du Soleil is a Mind-Bending Blend with Kim Crawford Wines

Natalie MacLean

    Cirque du Soleil’s forty-first production, Volta, was a thrilling circus for the senses, blending athleticism, artistry, acrobatics, lights and laughter. The show’s name Volta is a nod to both a quick about-turn or pivot in the present, as well as to a return to the past. It also seemed to refer to high-voltage, given the show’s energy and a dazzling displays meant to jolt us out of our everyday lives. If there ever was an event to undo ordinary, this is it. Our team was graciously hosted by Kim Crawford Wines for an evening under the big top […]

Video: What are Orange and Natural Wines?

Natalie MacLean

Ann Sperling You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Ann Sperling about orange and natural wines! Join us this Sunday, August 6 at 6 pm EST (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Why are orange and natural wines so trendy? What makes them different from other wines? Listen to Ann’s stories about making Canada’s first orange wine. Want to get the heads up when we go live Sunday? Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on the Facebook page above. Add us to your calendar for every Sunday and grab a glass of wine. Cheers, Natalie P.S. […]

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings August 2

Natalie MacLean

You can access the 107 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 July 22. 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 […]

San Pedro Winery: An Overnight Success 150 Years in the Making (of Wine)

Natalie MacLean

        Tania Thomas Wine Expert, Rogers Daytime Television  Our wine writing team was treated to an engaging guided tasting, expertly led by Viña San Pedro’s passionate Enologist of 1865 Single Vineyard and Castillo de Molina labels, Matias Cruzat. After perfecting his craft in the wineries across California, USA and South Africa, Matias returned home to Chile and was soon recruited as a winemaker for the winery’s Premium brands. Photo: Tania Thomas The winery was established in the Curicó Valley in 1865 by the Correa Albano brothers and started with varieties brought over from Europe. Today, with 1,200 […]

Mark Oldman: The Wine World’s Greatest Showman Video

Natalie MacLean

You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Mark Oldman, author of How to Drink Like a Billionaire! Click on the arrow above to hear Mark’s most surprising tips about how to handle selecting wine in restaurants. Join us Sunday, July 30 at 6 pm eastern 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 Mark’s stories about adventures in the wine world. Discover more juicy tips that will make you wine smart. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find […]

Randall Grahm: A Californian Blend of Wine, Wit and Wisdom

Natalie MacLean

  Join us on the Sunday Sipper Club, July 23 at 6 pm eastern (Toronto/New York time) We’ll be joined by a special guest winemaker, Randall Grahm, owner of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Click the arrow above to watch a teaser video of what we’ll be discussing. Tune in here: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page above to get notified when we go live. You’ll find upcoming and past Live Tasting Videos here.     Bonny Doon Randall Grahm Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa […]

Video: A Sensory Journey Through Austrian Wines

Natalie MacLean

This spring, I attended a stellar tasting of Austrian wines at Toronto’s Alo, named Canada’s Best New Restaurant by several publications. In the video above, Birgitta Samavar of the Austrian Wine Marketing Group, explains why the country’s iconic  grape, Gruner Veltliner, is a white wine unlike any other. This is a sampling the wines we tasted, but you can access more than 300 Austrian Wine Reviews here, along with those of our team members at Ottawa-based tastings. The dishes that Alo presented to pair with the wines were simply spectacular. These pictures tell a thousand words (and sensory sensations).   […]

Natural Born Beauty in a Bottle: Wachau Wine

Natalie MacLean

By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm One of the most wonderful aspects of wine is that it allows us to travel the world without leaving home. From anywhere in the world, we can taste the terroir of Bordeaux, Sonoma, or the Mosel, especially when we successfully pair the cuisine of a particular region with its wine. But can we truly grasp the complexity of a wine and its terroir without actually going there, without touching the land, breathing the air and getting to know the regions’ style, tradition, and philosophy? At the risk of coming off as elitist, I […]

A Wine Waltz through Austria’s Weinviertel Region

Natalie MacLean

By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm In North America, many of us are entranced by commercialism, shopping, the latest must-have piece of tech, and novelty. Sometimes, it feels as if we’ve lost touch with our history and our past. This is especially true you have an opportunity to compare and contrast our values with those of another culture, as I have recently. Then you gain insight into a culture that very much holds on to, and celebrates, its history, music, art and architecture, fashion and food. This contrast became vivid when I visited Austria, courtesy of the Austrian Wine […]

Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings July 22

Natalie MacLean

You can access the 94 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 July 8. 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 […]

Torres Winery: A Journey of 5 Senses into Spanish Wine

Natalie MacLean

Join us on the Sunday Sipper Club, July 16 at 6 pm eastern (Toronto time) We’ll be joined by a special guest, Caroline Leblanc, Ambassador of Miguel Torres Wines of Spain telling us about what the wonderful Torres family does in the wine world. Click the arrow above to watch a teaser video of what we’ll be discussing. Tune in here for our Facebook Live Video Wine Tasting: www.nataliemaclean.com/live P.S. Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. You’ll find upcoming and past Live Tasting Videos here.   Caroline Leblanc Brand […]

Video: Game of Thrones Wines: Royal Taste?

Natalie MacLean

Last night on the Sunday Sipper Club, we tasted the Game of Thrones Wines. Click on the arrow above to watch the video. Are they fit for royalty? What’s the back story on these HBO series-branded wines? Game of Thrones Wine Reviews You can read the 30 comments for this tasting, and/or make a comment yourself: https://www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/10155222867009845/ P.S. ​Want to know when we go live next Sunday with our ​next ​special guest? Tune in here for our Facebook Live Video Wine Tasting: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like”  buttons on the page above to get notified when we go […]

Red, White and Bluesfest with Lindeman’s Wines

Natalie MacLean

Our team of wine writers and sommeliers are attending the Ottawa Bluesfest courtesy of Lindeman’s Wines this year. Stay tuned for more photos and commentary as the festival unfolds. Enter this Lindeman’s Wines Contest, and you could  win one of 100 prizes that will make you smile. #WhatMakesYouSmile   Rachelle O’Connor Wine Writer & Competition Judge     Melissa Etheridge     Monique Sosa Wine Columnist, Ottawa Family Living Magazine Jon Steeves Accredited Sommelier     50 Cent       Pink   Flume     Pam Chiles Wine & Food Writer Lynn van der Linde Accredited Sommelier and Event Manager […]

What Makes You Smile? Win 1 of 100 Prizes with Lindeman’s Wines

Natalie MacLean

What makes you smile? Time with family, getting together with friends, moments of real connection. Enter this Lindeman’s Wines Contest, and you could win one of 100 prizes that will make you smile.     You can also watch videos of smile moments. Lindeman’s Wines are part of those smiles in 100 countries around the world, 80 million times a year. #WhatMakesYouSmile Lindeman’s Bin Series It was in the 1980s that Lindeman’s most well-known wine was created. Lindeman’s iconic Bin 65 Chardonnay was launched in Canada in 1985 in response to the popularity of Lindeman’s approachable and fruit-driven style of […]

Tasting Across Time and Terroir: The 9 Bordeaux Wine Appellations of Dourthe

Natalie MacLean

Recently, Canada’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered in the nation’s capital for a Dourthe portfolio tasting with Head Winemaker, Frédéric Bonnaffous. Established in 1840, Dourthe is recognized as a leader in the Bordeaux of France, with a particular passion for the various soil types and the wines best suited to them. The nine estates that comprise Dourthe all focus on the unique character of their respective appellations. Here are the team’s notes and impressions.   Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen   What an honour to meet head winemaker, Frédéric Bonnaffous, and to learn about the various châteaux of Dourthe in Bordeaux. […]

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