While others across the country are imbibing in spiked eggnog, Santa Barbara County in particular will see wine lovers popping their favorite bottles during the holidays. Now come Christmas, when they open that pinot noir or pinot gris, they can enjoy it while drinking in one of the following wine titles they found under the tree. Unquenchable, subtitled “A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines,” by Natalie MacLean is a wine travelogue of sorts, detailing the author’s worldwide search for tasty but affordable everyday wines. Her search leads to the wine cellars, tasting rooms and dining tables in […]
If someone on your list thirsts for a readable, instructive, and entertaining book about wine, consider Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines by Natalie MacLean. MacLean, a winner of four James Beard Foundation journalism awards, writes about her encounters and wine tasting experiences from around the world. Each chapter lists insider notes, best values, and recipes. Available at bookstores and online at www.nataliemaclean.com. You can read more reviews of my new wine book Unquenchable here.
Cheese Fondue Fall is beautiful, colourful and very romantic. November rains are an invitation to cozy up indoors and appreciate the simple joys of life: the comforting presence of a loved one, a great meal and an intoxicating glass of wine. Forget your worries, embrace the moment and ask your better half to join you for an intimate dinner of cheese fondue and great wines. I propose this fondue of Canadian Swiss, Gouda and Cheddar cheese not only for its sensuality and warmth, but also for its wonderful flexibility and simplicity. I invite you to get creative with the dipping […]
Yes, it’s this time of year in which all the good AND expensive stuff is offered at the LCBO – very seasonal. Here are a few exceptionally good “investments” to the cellar (in a decline price order) : 2009 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape – $89.95 If Chateauneuf-du-Pape had a similar classification as Bordeaux, no doubt that Beaucastel would be rewarded as “first growth”. However (and this is the good part), for this quality in Bordeaux, you would have paid 10-12 times more. Beaucastel has been consistently top quality wine with a “GPCi worthy” qualification. You can cellar these wines for 20-30 […]
Canadian writer Natalie MacLean is a liquid media juggernaut whose just released Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest For The World’s Best Bargain Wines is a smart, fast-paced chronicle of her adventures looking for cheap vino and meeting industry celebs along the way. This excerpt was published in 12 Metro daily newspapers across the country. You can read more reviews of my new wine book Unquenchable here.
David Locicero Unquenchable Hits The Spot Natalie MacLean’s newest book, Unquenchable, is an enjoyable romp around the world of wine. I received a review copy of the book shortly after publication. In this volume, she travels the world looking for great economical wines to drink with dinner every night of the week, and for Sunday lunch. It’s a fun idea and allows her to explore wines from Australia, Germany and South Africa, among others. Natalie MacLean’s prose is effortless and easy to ready. The book was entertaining and I learned things without feeling like I was being lectured. She starts […]
A gastronomic feast awaits you Sunday, November 27 at the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax! Take a look at the multi-course meal below that Executive Chef Luis Clavel will prepare for you, along with the wines I’ve selected to match each course. I’ll be sharing the more amusing parts of Unquenchable… it’ll be a fun evening! Get your tickets before they’re gone as previous book tour events have sold out. Call the hotel for tickets: 902-423-1161 The hotel is partnering with King’s Bookstore and Harvest Wines for this elegant evening. Ticket price: $100 Includes a signed copy of my new book, […]
Mark and I had a wide-ranging discussion on his province-wide call-in show with listeners trading tips on their favourite bargain wines, and discussing why Argentina has risen so quickly in popularity to the differences soil and oak make to the taste of a wine. Click on the arrow below to listen.
Proscuitto Wrapped Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad Paired with: Luca Pinot Noir 2009 Wrapping proscuitto around salmon filets is an easy way to dress up fish while adding some intense flavour. Salmon pairs well with medium bodied, bright and fruity red wines, and Pinot Noir is a classic pairing. Try this simple and elegant recipe with Luca Pinot Noir 2009 from the Uco Valley in Argentina. The wine is layered with strawberry and raspberry flavours, while offering a velvety texture lingering finish. Proscuitto Wrapped Salmon Serves 4 4 salmon filets (6 oz. center cut, skinless) 1 ½ tbsp Dijon mustard […]