BC and Niagara Wine Regions Excel on World Stage – Bill Good Talk Show

Bill Good is one of my favourite radio talk show hosts. We discussed various wine regions around the world, such as Portgual, Germany, Argentina and Canada’s own Niagara and the Okanagan in BC. We also chatted about how more and more people are learning about wine online and via mobile apps. Pairings also came up … always a subject of interest I am delighted to say! You can listen to our chat below:

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Talking Wine with CBC’s John Gushue

On the weekend, we met up with Natalie MacLean, the wine writer; I’ve interviewed her in the past, but not in person. It was great to meet, have a chat and talk about a subject she knows inside out and which I wish I knew a good bit better. On Saturday, we’re publishing my interview (which tees up the Chile and Argentina-focused A Taste of Wine show at the Convention Centre) on cbc.ca/nl … have a look for it. The article includes Natalie’s picks for the top five bargain wines available at the NLC. In the meantime, do check out […]

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Dessert Island Wine and Other Celebration Bottles

Award winning journalist go-to person for food and wine lovers and author of Red, White and Drunk All Over What are you up to in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years from now? 10 minutes – drinking pinot noir. 10 months – drinking pinot noir. 10 years – can you guess. Who inspires/inspired you? My mother for her patience and Dorothy Parker for her alcoholic tolerance. Who do you want to inspire? Those who love wine and words. What do you love about yourself? My Teflon liver. What would you change about yourself? My one-track mind. What is your […]

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Liberty School Syrah, Cave Spring Riesling: Best LCBO Wines Vintages Release May 26

Here are my top picks from the May 12 Vintages Release. You can also get all 73 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. I’ve also already posted my picks for June 9 Vintages Release. You can also add my wine picks to your shopping list by clicking on the little shopping cart icon. You can also create a custom list just for this release that will be saved in your account. Print a text-only version of the reviews. 2010 Lingenfelder Riesling […]

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Lealtanza Reserva, Di Majo Norante Ramitello, Ridge Lytton Springs Best Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release May 26

By Gaby Israel This is an extremely challenging release – what do you do when most of the wines offered in this release are rated “outstanding to classic” (90+) by wine critics but you’ve already taken a second mortgage? Here’s my best cellar wines list for this release as a shopping list that you can print and these are my recommendations in order of preference for an up-to $100 release budget: Top recommendation for up to $20: Italy – Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2009 ­ $15.95 Named after the region’s largest river. Biferno is situated in the small wine region […]

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Words and Wine for the Chief Librarian – Ottawa Citizen

As I was reading today’s paper, I discovered that Ottawa’s Chief Librarian and CEO Danielle McDonald is a woman after my own heart. She’s likes a glass of affordable wine too, and almost as important, she likes reading stories about them. What The Chief Librarian is Reading Ottawa’s library chief executive Danielle McDonald says she loves books – she reads the news on a tablet computer, but you can’t beat a book for reassuring heft in your hands. She learned from her grandfather to have three books on the go, “one for pleasure, one for learning and one for advancement,” […]

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Pasta Recipe Sagne e Fagioli All’Abbruzzese and Illuminati Riparosso

Zucca Trattoria tweets: “@TrialtoON that’s right! We are so impressed with Illuminati Riparosso ($12.55) we made a pasta especially for it.” Sagne e Fagioli All’Abbruzzese Recipe created by Andrew Milne-Allan, Owner/Chef (Serves 4) Ingredients 250 g all-purpose  flour 150 ml warm water salt 250 g romano beans, fresh or frozen garlic, sage 2 good quality Italian pork sausages wild fennel seed, toasted and crushed extra virgin olive oil 28 oz can plum tomatoes, basil, onion pecorino cheese, grated small glass of red wine … Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo would suit the mood In a mixing bowl mix the salt and flour together […]

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Wine Pairing Column in Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun

In the new year, I signed on to do a weekly syndicated wine pairing column in the Postmedia newspapers across the country, including the Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Regina Leader-Post and Montreal Gazette. The reader response has been phenomenal, with lots of tweets and comments coming in over the wire. You’ll find the sauvignon blanc below here with wine and recipe pairings. Got a wine to suggest that I feature in an upcoming column? Please e-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com.  

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Wine and Design Tasting Event at Corner Lot Home Decor – Toronto May 31

Looking for wine and design inspirations? Come to Corner Lots first tweetup. We will be having a great night of sharing wine, nibblies and design in my own store. Looking forward to meeting great new people who live to talk about wine and design. We will have lots of places to sit and hang out. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and some thoughts about room design. We will provide the glasses. We’re happy to announce that Peter Brooks of Bedford Brooks will be our featured designer at the party and starting Monday May 14 Peter Brooks and company will […]

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Best Canadian Mobile Apps – Apple iTunes Lifestyle

Our team was thrilled yesterday when Apple got in touch to tell us that our free wine app has been selected as one of the Best Canadian Apps on iTunes. Thanks for all your great feedback and feature suggestions over the past three years. We’re busy working on some new ones that we think you’ll love! You can also find us under Apple’s Essential Apps Collection for Foodies and Pocket Sommelier. Cheers!

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