Baked Barbecue Pineapple Chicken

This sweet and tangy dish is a great dish for the family or for entertaining guests and is a great way to cook those thighs. The homemade barbecue sauce especially will keep them coming back for more.     Baked Barbecue Pineapple Chicken Serves: 4 Developed for Chicken Farmers of Canada by Nancy Guppy, RD, MHSc 1 1/3 lb (640 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8 pieces) 14 fl oz (398 mL) diced tomatoes, canned 1 cup (250 mL) fresh pineapple, diced 2 Tbsp (30 mL) brown sugar 1 ½ tsp (7.5 mL) Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp (15 mL) […]

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New Wine Reviews for September 4

Number of Wines Recommended: 56 Review date: September 4, 2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 21 wines under $20 – Best value white: French white  with floral and peach notes  $11.95 – Favourite white: Glorious BC white with pretty floral and pear notes for Asian cuisine  93/100 – Best value red: Dense, rich red from France for prime rib  $14.95 – Favourite red wine: Robust Italian red that will age well for 15 years, pair with braised meat  93/100 – Best value rosé: Classic Tavel, bone-dry, perfect for roast chicken or turkey  $15.95 – Favourite sparkling […]

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Eat, Pray, Drink: Top 5 Wines to Pair with the Book & Movie

I’ve read the book, but have yet to see the movie. In the meantime though, I’ve thought of 5 terrific wines to drink while you’re reading the book or watching the movie (I guess you’ll have to slip a bottle into your purse/man purse for the latter if you’re going to the theatre). Have you got a wine to suggest? Cheers, Natalie   2008 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, D.O.C., Valdadige, Italy: We’ve got to have an Italian wine given the “Eat” part is in Italy, and this wine is fantastic with pizza! Lovely aromas of lemon, white melon and chives. […]

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Introducing Vintners 2

Balderson Cheese, Canada’s award winning leaderin premium aged Cheddar has a new and interesting cheese offering for lovers of great wines and great cheese. Today’s consumers are becoming increasingly interested in home entertaining, preparing special meals and serving Cheese plates. Our Vintners Cheddar provides an easy choice to fill this need as well as to highlight the excellence of Canadian Cheddar for special occasions. Vintners Cheddar now comes in a Gift Box that contains one piece (280g) of the Vintners Red and the Vintners white in a striking gift box presentation making it idea for Christmas gifts, house warmings, appreciation […]

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New Wine Reviews

Number of Wines Recommended: 60 Review date: August 21, 2010 The highlights in this Vintages release include:   – 19 wines under $20 – Best value white: Mouth-watering German Riesling for jumbo prawns, mild curries  $15.95 – Favourite white: A rich, peach-layered white for glazed ham, chicken 92/100 – Best value red tied: Robust plummy Aussie Shiraz for meaty pizzas, hamburgers $12.95 – Best value red tied: A Frech Syrah with loads of berry flavour  $11.95 – Favourite red wine: Rhone Valley’s robust king of wines that will age for decades   96/100 – Best value rosé: Dry Provencal Rosé with […]

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Free BlackBerry Wine App: New Storm 2 and 9500 Series Approved

We recently got approval for the Storm 2 and 9500 series free wine mobile app for BlackBerry! The app also works on all other BlackBerry devices and operating systems. If you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch user, we’ve got an app for you too and we’re currently working on a Droid version. All other smartphone can use the mobile site, which has been customized for their phones. We’re on an aggressive development path with the apps: lots more feature over the next few months. Stay tuned! Cheers, Natalie

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The white wine for the occasion

Nothing goes better with Canadian cheese than a good glass of red wine. Or does it? While red wine is the obvious pairing for most cheeses, the right white wine can offer a crisp alternative, especially for bringing out the full flavour of soft cheeses. As a general rule, light white wines pair well with mild cheeses, while fruitier whites pair with pungent cheeses. For the intense flavours of blue cheeses, try a sweet dessert wine, such as Canadian ice wine. You should also match like-with-like in terms of acidity: a high-acid cheese such as Canadian Feta will pair wonderfully […]

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Introducing Vintners for Port & Sherry

Canadians, particularly in Quebec, are larger consumers of fortified wines such as Port and Sherry and to make this an even more pleasurable experience, Balderson Cheese has added an aged Cheddar to its Vintners Cheddar especially for these types of wines. Vintners Cheddar for Port and Sherry is a superb cheese that has been allowed to mature for over 50 months so that it has had the required time to slow develop a pleasant cheddar flavour, rich texture and delicate sharpness that is a natural paring to the fuller and sweeter flavours of fortified wines. Vintners for Port & Sherry […]

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Apple approved new iPhone app, yay!

Just got approval for a seriously big update of the free wine mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/nat-decants/id353052386?mt=8 I hope you’ll download it and give it a whirl. As always, if you have suggestions for further improvements or new features, please just e-mail me directly. I look forward to hearing what you think of it! Cheers, Natalie What’s new in version 1.2? – Improved performance, navigation and loads more free content – Added new section to Pairings for Occasions: find wines for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other events – Added new sections under More for weird Wine Facts, […]

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Favorite Wine and Drinking Quotes Part II

Here are more of my favourite wine and drinking quotes. Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed or shared their favs on Twitter and Facebook! This is really getting to be quite an inebriating selection. You can find round one of quotes here, and round three here. Let me know if you’ve got another one to add. Cheers, Natalie   A woman was sipping a glass of wine while she was sitting on the patio with her man. She says, “I love you so much, I don’t know if I could ever live without you.” Her guy asks: “Is that you […]

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