Black Hills Winery: Tasting Vintages of a BC Flagship Wine

By Valerie Stride Located on one of the most arid and sunny sites in the Okanagan, Black Hills Estate Winery is abundant in many things – including quality wines. Spread across a 27-acre vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon are carefully grown and handled by the Black Hills team. The microclimate on property, in addition to long hours of sunlight and cool nights, offers this west-facing orientation vineyard added value. The vineyard manager, Steve Carberry, works closely with winemaker Graham Pierce to ensure that the authenticity of Black Hills wines remains bona fide. On October […]

read more …

Read More

Taste Ontario: Wines + Event Make Spectacular Blend

“The evening function for Taste Ontario in Ottawa was beautiful. The Westin outdid itself with food stations all around the ballroom interspersed with ice sculptured bar tables and tree stands. The majestic Chateau Laurier was lit up in the background outside the room-length floor-to-ceiling windows. Music and mingling. Eating and drinking. My favourite pairing of the night was the sauteed shrimp in a rich cream sauce with the Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2011. The event gave us a chance to talk one-on-one with the owners, representatives and winemakers at some of the best wineries in Ontario. At the Closson Chase […]

read more …

Read More

Food and Wine Pairing + Canadian Harvest: CTV

Join me on CTV’s Canada AM this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EST when we’ll chat about how the harvest is going across the country in various Canadian wine regions, from the Okanagan Valley to the Annapolis Valley. We’ll also discuss how to pair wine with seasonal tomato dishes. On Friday, tune into CTV’s new national talk show, The Social: think The View, but with smarter hosts and much stronger social media angle. We’ll be having fun with unusual wine and food pairings from poutine to potato chips at 1:20 p.m. EST. It’s prime time for wine this week! Cheers, Natalie

read more …

Read More

Canadian Wine: New Regions, Hot Trends, What’s Next > CBC TV

In the CBC TV interview above with Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary, anchors of the national news program The Lang & O’Leary Exchange, we discuss the Canadian wine industry from the perspective of Canada’s largest wine site: Which new wine regions are emerging across the country? How is climate change affecting traditional regions and wine styles? Will Canada ever have completely open borders across the country to ship wines? What’s next for the Canadian wine industry? Here are my latest reviews of Canadian wines. Posted with permission of CBC.

read more …

Read More

Canada’s Wine Trends and Regions: Lang and O’Leary Exchange

Join me tonight on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange, the national television news program with hosts Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary (also of Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank). We’ll be chatting at 4:20 pm EST about trends in the Canadian wine industry as well as emerging new regions to watch from the perspective of Canada’s largest wine site and social media community. Speaking of Kevin O’Leary, you may find this Google + Video interview to the left with him about his own wines of interest. He’s definitely the “merchant of truth” even when it comes to wine ;) Enjoy your […]

read more …

Read More

Prince Edward County Wines: What Makes Them Different? Video

In our second video chat with winemaker Norm Hardie and wine blogger Joe Hache, we talk about: – what minerality means in wine and Norm makes a great comparison to hydroponic lettuce – why the grapes grown in Burgundy, France, do so well in Prince Edward County – how county wines are different from those made in other regions of Ontario such as Niagara and southwestern Ontario – what visitors to the county can do aside from visiting wineries: artisanal cheeses, meats and terrific restaurants – why the people’s choice awards for wine is the next great step in shining […]

read more …

Read More

Wine and Pizza Pairing Video: Norm Hardie

In this video, we chat with two Gold Medal winners in The Great Canadian Wine Match: winemaker Norm Hardie and wine lover Joe Hache, who rallied thousands of votes for Norm’s pinot noir to be named Canada’s Best Wine with Pizza. They join me from Norm’s winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Note: there’s a slight delay of a few seconds with their responses because they’re recording from Norm’s cellar. – Joe describes the first time he tasted Norm’s pinot noir and why that occasion was so memorable – Norm talks about what makes this pinot noir and others from […]

read more …

Read More

Wine and Cheese Pairing with a Blockbuster BC Wine

In our second video, we chat about visiting Quails’ Gate winery, winner of the Gold Medal in The Great Canadian Wine Match: – Tips on visiting the winery, including the special menus at the winery’s Old Vines restaurant – How long can Optima age for those wanting to cellar this dessert wine? – Why don’t more Canadian wineries make botrytis affected dessert wines? – What role do people’s choice awards play in our wine and food culture? You can also watch part one of our conversation about pairing Optima with cheeses and desserts.  

read more …

Read More

Canada’s Best Wine with Cheese: Quails’ Gate Video

In this video, we chat with the Gold Medal Winners of Canada’s Best Wine with Cheese in The Great Canadian Wine Match. Winemaker Tony Stewart joins us from his winery Quails’ Gate in BC’s Okanagan Valley along with wine lover Matt Steeves, in Ottawa, who championed the winning wine during a very competitive voting process.  We talk about: –    Why Optima made such a big impression on Matt the first time he tasted it –    How Optima pairs with cheeses, and which types are best suited to it, as well as some desserts –    What makes Optima unique on the […]

read more …

Read More

Best Canada Day Wines: Canada AM

Marci and I chat about the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match on CTV’s Canada AM this morning. We focused on the winning wines that paired best with cheese, chicken, beef, seafood, pizza and dessert. You can find the complete list of Canadian wines here that were nominated. Here’s a text shopping list of more wines in stores now to celebrate July 1. Happy Canada Day! Natalie   Posted with permission of CTV.

read more …

Read More