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?
Chile: 2009 Montes Carmenère Alpha, Colchagua Valley – $19.95 Love this Carmenere from Montes and buy it at every opportunity. From the Casa Lapostolle entry level, it’s a ‘high-end’ Carmenere for a fair price. Expect medium-full wine with beautiful mixed berries flavors. Drink it in the next 2-5 years. Chile: 2010 Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvée Alexandre, Colchagua Valley – $24.95 Always consistently good. Never had less than very good wines from this winery. This is Casa Lapostolle mid level. Their Cab Sauv is a new world style wine with lots of fruit and ‘in-your-face’ flavors. Still very well balanced. […]
When it’s festive and you’re shopping for Champagne and sparkling wines, there’s “good,” there’s “great” and then there’s “good enough.” File under great: Veuve Clicquot typically has notes of apple, vanilla and bread dough and while it’s delicious, I can’t bear to part with $80 a bottle, especially at this cash-strapped time of year. And while I have an amateur palate, I draw the line at Baby Duck. Thus have I been on the hunt for other, less-expensive fizz. There’s no shame in that, as Natalie MacLean elaborates in her recent book Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best […]
I’m kicking off 2012 with a pair of resolutions. And these I intend to keep, unlike those in previous years to lose weight, buy a winning lottery ticket and get taller. Strangely enough my resolutions center on wine and related matters. Surprised? No. 1. I resolve to read more wine books like “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines” by Natalie MacLean. This is a well-written, wry and occasionally LOL piece of writing. It follows precisely my philosophy about wine, summed up in the title of my wine courses, Wine Without Pretense. MacLean is a woman who […]
Canadian wine star Natalie MacLean’s fine and self-deprecating prose reaffirms my penchant for all things Canadian. Her new book details her adventures in locations both far-flung and within the Great White North, stalking value wines and winding up in helicopters over the Niagara Peninsula and in a car zooming down the Autobahn. The reader gets to ride shotgun with her and learn about Malbec, German Riesling, South African wine and other key wine values. Her chapter-ending “Field Notes from a Cheapskate” provide a satisfying summary of these types. A must for those seeking to learn about affordable wine through the […]
A swanky pizza with smoky, sweet and savoury flavours. Choose a wine with the same bold flavours such as Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2008. The wine’s bright, concentrated fruit and hint of spice works well with this recipe. Leftover smoked duck or BBQ duck would be a great substitute. Makes four 6-inch or one 12-inch pizza pizza dough, purchased or homemade (recipe below) 1 whole head garlic 5 tbsp olive oil, divided 1 ½ cup butternut squash, peeled and diced 3 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces 2 cups mixed mushrooms (cremini and shiitake), sliced 1 duck breast […]
Six wines in three different price ranges, all of which offer terrific value: Dr. L Riesling, Torres Syrah, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Wente Cabernet, Burrowing Owl Chardonnay, Masi Amarone. Insider tip: go south for better bargains, such as Sicily in Italy rather than Tuscany or Provence rather than Bordeaux in France. They taste twice as expensive as they cost! You can watch more videos with tips on buying wine and pairing it with food here. Posted with permission of Breakfast Television.
Natalie MacLean likes to drink wine every day, and she figured the same must be true of her readers. That was the inspiration for her newest book, Unquenchable, which describes MacLean’s travels to eight of the world’s winemaking regions and, at the same time, suggests a wine for each night of the week. “I wanted to have a narrative arc, if you will, to put a fancy term on it, something that would pull you through but also there’s the practical aspect of suggesting a bottle for this evening, for this day of the week,” said MacLean, a Nova Scotia […]