Best LCBO Wine Reviews and Ratings: Vintages April 18

You can access the 105 wines that I reviewed for April 18 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for April 4, 2015. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day […]

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The Uber of Wine Tasting: Live Twitter Video for Social Sharing + Sipping

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous spring day to be inside wine tasting ;) Our dedicated team gathered to taste more than 90 wines, posting their reviews live on the site and sharing them on social media. You can watch the videos of their favourite picks below … Our group of wine warriors who spent their Sunday afternoon sniffing, swirling, and yes, spitting, in search of terrific wines for you: Jennifer MacDonald, Wine Writer, Ottawa Citizen Jane Staples, Wine Writer, Windsor Star and Ottawa Wedding Magazine Matt Steeves, Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live Heather Wall, Wine Writer, Huffington Post Canada Monique […]

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Drinking My Words: Are All Writers Wine Writers?

By Natalie MacLean Candy-coloured bottles of spirits glow against the mirrors behind the bar of the Algonquin Hotel. I’ve come to this New York City landmark on a brisk April evening to think about my journey over the past few years, and the connection between writing and drinking as a way of understanding a place and its people. I often read the work of one of the country’s beloved writers while I’m traveling in a region to sharpen my observations, whether it’s The Leopard by Sicily’s Giuseppe di Lampedusa, the short stories of Argentina’s Jorge Luis Borges or Peter Mayle’s […]

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Wine Writers Behaving Like Critics: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

By Natalie MacLean They called it a tempest in a wine glass: two of the world’s most respected wine writers facing off against one another over one bottle of wine. Of course, there’s nothing unusual about critics disagreeing, even vehemently. But this time, the debate degenerated into a rumble over the definition of wine itself—and the integrity of the critics. In the American corner was Robert Parker, whose wine scores carry so much weight that they move the market. From Britain, was author Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and columnist for the Financial Times of London. Both have written more […]

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Canadian Cobb Salad Recipe Paired with Riesling

Spring into April Nothing says the weather is getting warmer than some April showers. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, get out your rubbers, and get your green thumb ready. Or at least start your gardening with this simple and elegant garden salad, the Canadian Cobb Salad. This is a great dish that’s easily made when expecting company and sure to have everyone leaving satisfied. Toss together some chives, chicken, and lettuce for that fresh, crisp salad that marks the start of spring. Top it off with delicious crumbles of Canadian Blue Cheese for a salad that bursts with […]

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Charles Smith Rocks the Wine Scene with Music and Vino

By Melissa Pulvermacher We all think of pairing food and wine, but have you ever thought of pairing music with wine? Charles Smith, a self-taught winemaker, has brought a new element to the world of wine – soul. Smith is undoubtedly a full-bodied personality with a genuine passion for both music and wine. The only way to truly describe the experience of Charles Smith and his wines is to crank rock music and pour yourself a big glass of red or white… or both and just enjoy. During a 1999 road trip, when Smith was managing rock bands and concerts, […]

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Canadian Cheese Shops and Retailers

Here’s a list of Canadian cheese retailers from coast to coast, including several that operate online and will ship to you directly. All of them have a terrific selection of both Canadian and international cheeses. Also included here are gourmet food shops and grocery stores that have a strong selection of cheeses. Got a cheese shop to recommend? Let me know at natdecants @ nataliemaclean.com Online Cheese Retailers Cheese2Go Cheesy Place Taste of Cheese British Columbia Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Kerrisdale, Cambie Village and Granville Island Charelli’s Cheese Shop, Victoria Dussa’s Ham and Cheese, Granville Island La Grotta Del Formaggio, Vancouver, […]

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Canadian Goat Cheese and Wine Pairing: The Great Canadian Wine Match

Get tips on pairing Canadian wine and goat cheese, also known by its French name chèvre, and where you can buy them in Canadian cheese shops. Find Canadian cheeses in this searchable directory by province or by cheese producer, as well as a complete list of Canadian cheeses. When you nominate or vote for a wine, click on the wine bottle. Then on the wine review page, just click on this link beside the larger wine bottle: “Add My Review” Please share a few thoughts on why you like this wine and cheese combo. You don’t have to be a wine […]

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Canadian Feta Cheese and Wine Pairing: The Great Canadian Wine Match

Get tips on pairing Canadian wine and feta cheese and where you can buy them from Canadian cheese shops. Here’s how to store and serve Canadian feta cheese. Find Canadian cheeses in this searchable directory by province or by cheese producer, as well as a complete list of Canadian cheeses. When you nominate or vote for a wine, click on the wine bottle. Then on the wine review page, just click on this link beside the larger wine bottle: “Add My Review” Please share a few thoughts on why you like this wine and cheese combo. You don’t have to […]

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