Top 10 Icewines from Ontario and BC: Inniskillin Chardonnay Icewine, Megalomaniac Riesling Icewine, Ganton & Larsen Propect Vidal Icewine, Jackson-Triggs Gewurztraminer Icewine

What could be more festive than icewine in the winter. Here are some of my favourites. It always helps to have some back-up choices in case those below are already sold out. You can also add my Top Wine Picks to your custom shopping list by clicking on the little shopping cart icon. Stock up for the chilly weather ahead, then enjoy! Natalie  

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Describing wine (buffalo chips anyone?) and why a goat was milked in the middle of a wine book – Kim Fraser Show CJAD

Great chat with Kim Fraser, host of Montreal’s CJAD call-in talk show. I love her witty comments and questions, everything from describing wine with aromas of buffalo chips and dew-dappled violets to where that sweet spot is for finding wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost. Why I had to milk a goat in the middle of a book (and how do you do that?) and so much more :)

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Buying Wines that are Affordable (not cheap) and Delicious – Sympatico Lifestyle

What defines a bargain wine? Is it just a low price or is there something more? What are some tips on finding wines that are affordable but still delicious in the liquor store? Wines mentioned in this video: Segura Viudas Cava, Spain Yum, smells like fresh baked bread just out from the oven! Wonderfully toasty, this bubbly will warm you after a day of sledding or skiing. Love the notes of hazelnuts too.  $14.65 Score: 87/100. Freixenet Cava Cordon Rosado, Spain How festive is this pink bubbly? Aromas of ripe field raspberries tickle your note. Float a raspberry on top […]

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MacLean has a flair for matching food and wine and it’s the stories that make this book so interesting – Tasters Guild Journal

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World ‘s Best Bargain Wines You’ll remember how Dorothy sighed “lions, and tigers, and bears; oh, my” in the Wizard of Oz . Well, we might be hearing Natalie saying something like “hawks, and sheep, and goats, and turtles, and baboons; oh, boy” in her new book Unquenchable.  And you thought this was a book about wine  – and it is;  but her adventures brings her in contact with all these critters plus a lovable Great Dane and almost too close a contact with a  great white shark. All of this MacLean weaves into […]

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Australian Wine, Food and Restaurants

The Wizards of Mod Oz By Natalie MacLean “Daaarling, come in, come in!” says Sophia Loren’s Australian twin, opening the door. Jeannice Kersh—big hair, big make-up and cat’s-eye glasses dangling from 12 strands of metallic pearls around her neck—takes me by the arm into her restaurant. Edna’s Table is the Niagara Falls of Sydney dining: a landmark, a wonder and a little kitsch, but you must go. How else can you regale everyone back home with stories of eating kangaroo and crocodile? “When I was growing up, only the poor people ate ‘roo. The rich people gave it to their […]

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The real interest here is the prose: MacLean gives everyday farming issues an interesting plot-line – LA Weekly Magazine

Aspirin, caffeine, blowfish. What really cures a 2012 hangover (Happy, happy by the way)? We’re going with cheap — but good — wine. Sure, ’tis this time of year for New Year’s resolution cliches. But as wine journalist Natalie MacLean is well aware, the key is finding those bargain wines that actually are worth a second sip. In her latest book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, MacLean offers up her personal winery tasting experiences followed by tips for seeking out wine bargains in various regions. You know, the typical practical wine advice set up. Only […]

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What’s Different in Wine Country Ontario – Toronto Tasting January 16

Toronto Event Monday, January 16, 2012,  Reception: 6:00pm, Tasting: 6:30pm The Ontario Wine Society Toronto Presents: “What’s Different in Wine Country Ontario” Some Ontario wineries out there are “pushing the envelope” … “thinking outside the bottle” … “venturing in new directions”. They are making wines from non-mainstream varietals or different styles from mainstream varietals. And, they are doing a great job of this. We thought that you would be interested in trying some. We know that the winemakers would love to have you taste their pioneering efforts. So, we have assembled a collection of some of these interesting wines for […]

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La Pieve Barolo, Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino, Domaine De L’arnesque Cuvée Capalane Among Top Wine Picks for LCBO Vintages Release January 7

By Gaby Israel The “Day After Tomorrow” is not only a name of a apocalyptic movie. It’s also a phenomena known at the LCBO as the month of January. After all the December hype with a huge variety of expensive wines a person can find in one single release, there isn’t any money left in the wallet (regardless of how deep your pocket used to be), and it seems as if there is nothing interesting left on the shelves… Or is there? Here are my top 3 picks for ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ release: 2007 La Pieve Barolo – $28.95 […]

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Unquenchable Will Make you Feel Warm and Fuzzy; I love her lively writing – Reader’s Digest

This wine book will make you feel warm and fuzzy in its own way, by steering you toward low-priced yet high quality booze. In between cage diving with South African sharks, touring vines with a rosé-guzzling French mule and peeling potatoes with a Canadian special effects producer-turned-organic wine maker, MacLean visits some of the world’s most acclaimed wineries and takes notes on the best deals in everything from Shiraz to Pinot Noir to Port. She highlights one region per chapter, offers excellent “wine cheapskate” tips and suggests dishes crying out to be washed down by the local wares. I love […]

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