Having just returned from an unplanned six-week visit to my family home in Carmel, California, I find myself with a frighteningly short nine shopping days till Christmas! Thankfully, buying gifts for my wine-loving friends is much simpler than shopping for less laser-focused folks on my list. Sharing a passion with someone makes gift selection a cinch. Here is my list of what I hope to find under our tree. It’s a safe bet that these would be welcome items for other wine lovers. A wine book devoted to the search for bargain wines is “Unquenchable” by Natalie MacLean, a Canadian […]
Unquenchable A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines Written by Natalie MacLean Hardcover, 368 pages Also available as an eBook When I was young, wine seemed so grown up. It had its own glass and everything. At that point I knew 4 types of wine: red, white, pink and bubbly. I bought cheap wine because.. it was cheap. This is how most of us begin our wine journey. As I grew up I learned a little more about wine. I have incorporated it into my life like a good friend and while I might not know much if […]
By Ivy Knight, blogger for Fiesta Farms and contributor to the Globe & Mail If You Only Buy One Book About Wine in Your Life Make it “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines” by Natalie MacLean. The bestselling of author of “Red, White and Drunk All Over” is possibly the world’s most engaging and down-to-earth wine writer. In this book the Ottawa-based MacLean takes you on a world tour of Australia, Africa, Germany and more, meeting winemakers and tasting their wines. She takes us along for the ride and makes it so much fun that you […]
This holiday season, give a book to your favorite wine, spirits or culinary lover. Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean Chock full of insider tips and engaging anecdotes, this four-time James Beard award-winning author arms readers with the necessities to locate wines with the best value. Highly educational and witty, neophytes and professionals will drink this up. You can read more reviews of my new wine book Unquenchable here.
This holiday classic is the perfect finale to Christmas dinner. A fantastic pairing with this dessert is Grant Burge 10 Year Old Tawny, a port-style blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Makes 10 servings For the Puddings: 1 ¾ cups packed pitted dates, chopped 2 cups water 1 ½ tsp baking soda 2 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs For the Toffee Sauce: ¾ cup unsalted butter 1 ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup 35% cream ½ tsp vanilla […]
GOUDA ALL WAYS Holiday eating usually means large meals and I love the occasional feast as much as the next wine writer. But I also appreciate meals that give me a break in the middle of banquet season and still deliver sparkle and flavour. Let’s organize an event with no main course and enjoy tasty morsels of deliciousness: hors d’oeuvres! They’re perfect for a supper party because they can be eaten over a long period of time, delight the senses and still leave room for wine and conversation! So let’s have a great evening of appetizers and cheeses paired with […]
The Music and Beyond Fine Wine Auction will be held at Ashbury College Maclaren Hall (Ottawa, Ontario) on December 15, 2011. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with a sommelier-led wine tasting hosted by Savvy Company. The live auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. with local celebrity auctioneers! There is free on-site parking and domestic and international shipping is available. All 170 lots can be viewed on our online auction site with descriptions and photographs. You can also start to bid right away on each lot on the Music and Beyond online auction site. Some of the extraordinary wines available at […]
Natalie MacLean has made a name for herself as one of Canada’s best-known wine writers. Her first book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, was a decidedly no-nonsense affair that took readers around the world in a lighthearted attempt to shed light on the world of wine. Her new book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, continues the journey, albeit with a focus on getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying wine. MacLean is on a promotional book tour right now, and will hit Winnipeg on Tuesday as part of her […]
Globe-Trotting Page Turner With an affinity for fine shoes, I’ve developed a keen eye for bargains over the years. When shopping fashion, I’m always on the hunt for the best deal; but when it comes to food and wine, my budget is a bit more lax. I have so much appreciation for the labor and the process it takes to bring these products to the table that I am willing to pay the often-high price; but perhaps I need to review my culinary budget — I’m sure the amount I’ve spent in the past could have flown me to France […]
Norma Lee MacLeod and I chat with listeners who call in with their wine suggestions and questions. We explore why wine prices have come down and what price do you have to pay to get a good wine. Just how low can you go? Are all boxed wine and bottles with screwcaps plonk? How long can you keep an open bottle of wine before it spoils? At what temperature should we serve wine? What do you miss if a wine is served too cold?