Wine, Women and Connection






The July issue of Chatelaine has a terrific article by Anne Kingson on how women connect over wine: it brings them together for conversations (and wine-fuelled confessionals) and connection through shared emotions. She says that women, who now account for 80% of wine purchases, tend to browse when buying wine and are more open than men to trying new things. They’re also far more likely to think of wine-food pairings and other social factors. Recent Stats Can numbers say that white wine sales have increased 50% and red wine sales have doubled largely because of the increase in female buyers. […]






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New Wine Reviews






Number of Wines Recommended: 53 Review date: June 26, 2010 The highlights in tomorrow’s Vintages Release include: – 22 wines under $20 – Best value white: A lovely floral white from Spain, great aperitif $12.95 – Favourite white (tied): A zesty Niagara Riesling for shellfish 92/100 – Favourite white (tied): A lime-rich German Riesling for lemongrass chicken 92/100 – Best value red (tied): A blackberry-ripe Rhone Syrah that I rated 91/100, amazing price: $15.00 – Best value red (tied): A Sicilian Syrah for hamburgers $15.95 – Favourite red: Benchmark California Zinfandel for juicy steak 91/100 – Best value rosé: Niagara […]






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Yahoo News: New 10-in-1 Wine Mobile App






Yahoo News June 23, 2010 – The free Nat Decants iPhone and BlackBerry app  has dished up more than 7.2 million mouth-watering wine reviews, pairings and recipes since its launch in February. Nat Decants now bundles a suite of 10 wine apps rolled into one, including a cellar journal, articles, blog posts, glossary, newsletter, pairings, wine reviews, recipes, book excerpt and world winery directory. “This new app gives wine lovers a complete dinner solution at their fingertips,” says Natalie MacLean, editor of one of the largest wine sites at on the web at NatalieMacLean.com. “Start with a pairing, get a […]






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Nat Decants Mobile App featured on Apple iTunes Homepage






We’re thrilled that the free Nat Decants mobile wine app is being featured under two categories on the Apple iTunes App Store Essentials homepage! The app is recommended as one of ten for top "Food & Wine" apps as well as the only wine app for "Date Night."     For an app developer, getting your app on the iTunes App Store homepage is almost as good as being interviewed on Oprah for your book. The downloads for the app have been terrific since its launch in February, however we wondered why they started skyrocketing today (so did the sign-ups […]






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Great Canadian Chicken BBQ Contest






Every July 1st, Chicken Farmers of Canada hold the “Great Canadian Chicken BBQ” in Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park. We hold the BBQ each year as part of our sponsorship of Canada Day in the nation’s capital. This is our 18th year as national sponsor. This year is no different, but we wanted to bring you in on the action as well even if you can’t make it to Ottawa for the big party. So, we’re holding a little contest with a bit of a BBQ theme. To enter, all you need to do is head to our website on this […]






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Toast to Robert Mondavi June 18 Live Broadcast






Remember the first time… You swirled the glass? Took in the flavors? And you knew what wine could be? That moment of recognition is what sparked Robert Mondavi on a forty year campaign to shape our industry and inspire a culture of wine appreciation in North America. On June 18, friends and family will gather to celebrate his passion and vision by raising a glass and sharing the stories that add up to his legacy. Share your story of Robert Mondavi. How his wine, his work, his drive touched your life or shaped the industry we love at ToastRobertMondavi.com. We […]






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Fresh ideas for long, hot summer days and nights






Whether you’re on the deck, by the lake, in the mountains or beside the pool with friends and family… all you need is the right cheese and the perfect wine pairing for fresh and easy summertime deliciousness. This time of year is ripe for fresh ingredients like tomatoes, leafy lettuce, herbs and local vegetables. And what better way to add a little nutritious twist and a lot of taste to great summer meals, than by adding Canadian cheese? Cheese expert Anne-Marie Shubin recommends adding aged Canadian Cheddar to green salads, as well as toasted pumpkin seeds and thinly sliced apples. […]






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Austrian Summer White Wine Tasting June 29






Austrian Wine and Food Pairing with John Szabo in Vancouver on June 29 Refreshing Summer Whites – Cutting-Edge Austrian Wines Come and taste Austrian wines on Tuesday, June 29 at BCLDB 39th and Cambie, Vancouver, B.C. from 5 pm to 7 pm. Meet John Szabo, Canada’s first master sommelier, educator, wine writer and winemaker. This event is complementary and organized in cooperation with the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. For more information visit www.advantageaustria.org/ca and www.austrianwine.com.  






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Computerworld Magazine Selects its Top 5 Food & Wine Apps






On Wednesday, Computerworld Magazine selected its Top 5 Food & Wine Apps. We were thrilled when Nat Decants was named as one of them and the only one with a primary focus on wine! Apps by Jamie Oliver and Epicurious were also chosen. Here’s the review: Renowned drink writer Natalie MacLean has created an app unlike other food and wine apps: this one pairs together food and beverages, lists glossary terms so you can understand the ins and outs, recipes, a winery directory and cellar journal. It has wine reviews which you can search by winery, price, score, region, grape, […]






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New Wine Reviews






Number of Wines Recommended: 34 Review date: June 12, 2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 13 wines under $20 – Best value white: Zippy, lime-fresh Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa for shellfish and vegetarian dishes $13.95 – Favourite white: Classic New Zealand Sauvignon with citrus notes for quiche, vegetarian dishes and as an aperitif 91/100 – Best value red: Full-bodied French Syrah for hamburgers, grilled chicken $14.95 – Favourite red: A Rhone Blend of Grenache/Syrah for filet mignon, brisket 95/100 – Best Value Rosé: Classic French rosé for warm chicken sandwich $13.95 – Favourite Rosé: Gorgeous […]






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