Cloudline Pinot Gris, Sterling Chardonnay, Domaine La Montagnette, Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir Among Best Wine Picks in the LCBO Vintages Release March 3

Here are four fantastic wines from the March Vintages Release. You can also get all 67 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. 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 weekend, then enjoy! Natalie Cloudline Pinot Gris, Oregon White peach and Asian pear with a lovely soft body. […]

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Yalumba Viognier, Errazuriz Carmenere, Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras Among Best Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release March 3

By Gaby Israel Australia Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2011 – $15.95 You cannot go Wrong with Yalumba, even with this entry level Viognier. I like serving it chilled and have it with any type of dish – from grilled fish, to seafood pasta. Chile Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2009 2009 – $18.95 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Single Vineyard Cabernet – $19.95 Two great QPR wines from Errazuriz. As I said before, never had less than a great experience from this winery. You get so much value for your money with these ones. Expect lots of fruit and concentrated flavors. A great ‘house […]

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Top 5 Wines to Pair with Movies and Oscar Night – Grape Magazine

Vino plays a supporting role in some of the silver screen’s most memorable moments. We asked wine experts to tell us which scenes stayed with them long after the theatres went dark. “Here’s looking at you kid.” Even if you haven’t seen Casablanca, you’ve likely heard that toast. And if you have seen the movie, you know tha t not long after Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman clink glasses, the Germans come marching into Paris and change their lives forever. Here, noted wine experts recall equally vivid movie moments where wine is firmly in the frame. David Lebovitz, chef and […]

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Thai Spice Infused Risotto Recipe with Sauteed Scallops and Shrimp Paired with Tilia Torrontes, Argentina

Thai Spice Infused Risotto with Sauteed Scallops and Shrimp An Asian twist on the classic risotto recipe. Coconut milk, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves infuse the broth and a touch of heat is is provided by Thai red curry paste. Choose a wine that is able to stand up to all these flavours. A perfect match would be Tilia Torrontes 2010, an aromatic, dry white from Argentina. Serves 4 1 400ml can coconut milk (not coconut cream) 4 cups chicken stock 4 kaffir lime leaves (1 tsp lime zest can be substituted) 1 stalk lemon grass roughly chopped 2 […]

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Wine Buying and Pairing for Valentine’s Day and Beyond – National Post

The best way to a woman’s heart on Valentine’s Day is a subject that’s always up for debate. Even though flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates have been go-to contenders for decades, the old adage goes that candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. Natalie MacLean, the wine expert and author of Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, understands the truth behind the expression: Wine delivers romance with each sip. “I think wine, at least to me, is the drink of conversation. You’re usually over a glass of wine watching each other, you’re talking, it’s over […]

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Beronia Reserva, Santa Rita Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon, D’arenberg Shiraz Among Best Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release February 18

By Gaby Israel 2006 Beronia Reserva, Rioja, Spain – $19.95 After an amazing 2005 vintage in this Spanish region, 2006 is  not as promising, nevertheless, my number one choice from this release based on quality and price. This is what traditional Rioja is all about – you get value for your money. This wine is short-medium term cellaring (probably until 2016). I’d buy 3-12 bottles. 2008 Santa Rita Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon Real Gran Reserva, Maipo Valley, Chile – $19.95 My number 2 choice of this release for the same reason mentioned above re the Beronia Reserva. Had this Chilean wine […]

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Mike Weir Riesling, Bachelder Chardonnay, Landmark Pinot Noir Grand Detour and Araucano Syrah Among Best Wine Picks in the LCBO Vintages Release February 18

Here are four fantastic wines from the February 18 Vintages Release. You can also get all 69 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. 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 weekend, then enjoy! Natalie   Mike Weir Riesling, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario Moneral-petrol nose with fleshy ripe peach. A […]

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Apple iTunes Picks New Wine App to Feature on its Storefront

We’re thrilled that Apple has selected our new Wine Picks & Pairings app to feature on its iTunes Storefront and in its Essentials Collections for Date Night, Apps for Foodies, Pocket Sommelier and Food and Wine. Needless to say, downloads have gone bananas since Apple posted the app on the strorefront last week. Hope the app helps you find a terrific bottle of wine for your sweetie on February 14. Cheers, Natalie P.S. Yes, I noticed that I’m right below Darth Maul … definitely a red theme happening here, but he has better hair. iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes Canada): […]

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New Wine App with Top 10 Wines in Your Liquor Store Now

Since we launched our free mobile wine apps in 2009, you’ve given us hundreds of suggestions for new features and improvements. (You can stop now … kidding.) Our newest app that launches today, is built based on how you told us that you shop for wine: Problem: The bottles in front of you are starting to blur, your breath is getting rapid and shallow. Which $15 red wine should you buy for dinner? Hey, would you like to scroll through long lists of wine reviews only to find a great bottle that’s not even in the liquor store where you […]

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How To Pair Wine With Chocolate – CityTV

We asked Natalie MacLean, author of the bestseller Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, for her top ten wine and chocolate matches for Valentine’s Day. 1. Dark Chocolate and Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, Italy 2. Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and Jackson-Triggs Gewurztraminer Icewine Proprietors’ Grand Reserve, Niagara-On-The-Lake 3. Chocolate-Orange Cake and Niepoort Port Ruby, Douro, Portugal 4. Chocolate with Nuts and Warre’s Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 5. Milk Chocolate and Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary 6. Bittersweet Chocolate and Poderi Colla Bussia Dardi Le Rose Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 7. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Open Vidal Icewine, […]

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