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. […]






read more …

Read More

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 […]






read more …

Read More

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 […]






read more …

Read More

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 […]






read more …

Read More

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 […]






read more …

Read More

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): […]






read more …

Read More

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 […]






read more …

Read More

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, […]






read more …

Read More

Chocolate and Wine Matches for Valentine’s Day – Zoomer Magazine






Natalie MacLean, author of the bestsellerUnquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines shares with us her top ten wine and chocolate matches for Valentine’s Day. •Dark Chocolate and Remo Farina Amarone Classico, Italy •Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and G. Marquis Vidal Icewine The Silver Line, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario •Chocolate-Orange Cake and Quinta Do Portal Port Fine Ruby, Douro, Portugal •Chocolate with Nuts and José Maria da Fonseca & Van Zeller Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal •Milk Chocolate and Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary •Bittersweet Chocolate and Bava Barolo, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy •Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Kerner […]






read more …

Read More

Epsilon Shiraz, Australia, Xavier, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Ravenswood Zinfandel, California Top Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release February 4






By Gaby Israel 2009 Epsilon Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia – $24.95 2009 was the third in a row series of ‘Good’ yet not amazing vintages in the Barossa region. Nevertheless, based on James Halliday’s review as well as Natalie’s, who gave it 90 and 92 respectively, it seems a successful effort for the vintage. This Shiraz is made for short-medium term cellaring, which makes the GPCi challenging. If you need to carefully allocate your cellar budget this month, I’d wait and read on… 2009 Xavier , A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône – $39.95 The hunt for great 2009 CdP continuous… Consistently […]






read more …

Read More