The Ancient Greeks Invented Invented Map Making — to Help You Find Their Wines

The ancient Greeks invented map making. They had to help people find their wines.  As the third-most mountainous country in Europe, Greece’s distinct topography enables the cultivation of cool weather grapes in a warm weather climate, an unexpected attribute of Greek wines and their diverse terrior.  But it can also make them hard to find. Hence, the need for maps. One of Greece’s greatest white wines comes from the Moschofilero (MOHS-koh-FEE-leh-roh) grape. If you’ve been looking for a dry Riesling but always find them too sweet, Moschofilero is for you. It has an aromatic, floral bouquet so its dryness will […]

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The Ancient Greeks Invented Money — Thanks to Wine

The ancient Greeks invented money. Bring back the old days when wine was free. We don’t know who the individual was who first conceived of money, but we suspect it may have been a prescient winemaker who understood he could become rich and happy at the same time. It figures then, that if you go to some of the finest (and priciest) restaurants in the country, you’ll find wines made from the Assyrtiko (ahs-SEER-tee-koh) grape on their wine list. (British wine writer, Jancis Robinson, named Assyrtiko as the wine she would have if she could only have one.) Sign up […]

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The Ancient Greeks Invented the Concept of Pairing Wine and Food Together

  Last night, we were joined by a special guest, Christina Boutari, North America Brand Ambassador of her family’s wines, to chat about them as well as the surprising changes in Greek wines. ​Join us on the Sunday Sipper Club, March ​26​ at 6 pm eastern (Toronto time)​ ​with special guest Mark Beringer to chat about the new wave of California wines​. Tune in here for our Facebook Live Video Wine Tasting:  www.nataliemaclean.com/live P.S. Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this page to get notified when we go live. You’ll find upcoming and past Live Tasting Videos here. […]

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The Ancient Greeks Created the Idea of Pairing Wine and Culture

How lucky that wine and culture pair so well together Let us introduce you to wines made from the Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh) grape.  These are wine lovers wines, for those who want to debate the great statues of ancient Grecian temples, or perhaps the writings of philosophers like Homer. Yes, it was Homer who famously said, “Sorry Marge.  Some wise guy stuck a cork in the bottle.”  (Same Homer, right?) Regarded by many as Greece’s best red wine, Xinomavro has many similarities to Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo producing a wine that has a nice amount of acidity. If you love wines from Burgundy or […]

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How to Taste Wine Like a Pro at a Winery or Restaurant

On CTV’s The Social yesterday, we chatted about how to get the most from your winery visit, including what to bring, what to ask and how to spit your wine. You can watch the full video here. However, when you’re at home, please don’t spit the two lovely wines that I selected for this show: Rosehall Run Pinot Noir and Viewpointe Auxerrois ;) I absolutely love it when there’s a strong reaction to any segment we do on The Social: it means we’re engaged and passionate about wine! When I mention that there shouldn’t be sediment floating around in your […]

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Discovering the Jewel Grape of Austrian Wine

By Alex and Priya, A Vine Romance Austria. The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear this country is The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things! However, this little European country is known for something else that will likely become one of your favourite things, Gruner Veltliner. Read on as Alex sheds light on this versatile grape as well as other wines that are made in Austria. Priya: I don’t even think I knew Austria made wine! Why do you think it’s such a little-known region to non-sommeliers? Alex: For one thing, Austrian […]

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Tiger Prawns Recipe Paired with Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

Sponsored Post by Nobilo Wines Prawns are such a quick and easy starter for any meal, especially with the addition of a perfumed cauliflower puree that has a soft cloud-like texture and a peppery warm salad. This makes for the perfect entertaining dish. The citrus notes of the Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc marry well with the prawn and delicate hummus flavors. Recipe Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc Pan seared Black Tiger prawns, cauliflower hummus, warm leek & rocket salad. Ingredients The Tiger Prawns 30 black tiger prawn tails, de-veined and tail shell removed 3 tablespoons grape seed oil Sea […]

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Kim Crawford Cocktail Recipe: Kim Spritz

KIM SPRITZ Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines A new twist on an old favourite, the Kim Spritz offers the refreshing appeal of a spritzer with the unmistakeable, mouth-watering acidity of Kim Crawford’s Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients: 4 pieces cucumber 1/2 oz. liquid cane sugar 1/2 oz. yuzu juice 4 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 3 oz. Perrier Method: Lightly muddle the cucumber, liquid cane sugar and yuzu juice in a shaker. Add the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and ice. Shake vigorously 8 to 10 seconds. Filter into a big glass filled with ice. Top with Perrier. Stir, garnish with a […]

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Kim Crawford Cocktail Recipe: Pink Kim with Fresh Raspberries

PINK KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée! PINK KIM With its sunset pink colour and its floral bouquet, the Pink Kim is the perfect choice for a girls’ night out on the deck. Ingredients: ½ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. lavender syrup 1 pinch rosemary 3 fresh raspberries 2 drops […]

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Cocktail Recipe: Fresh Kim

FRESH KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée. FRESH KIM This refreshing cocktail is exactly what you need to spice up your night! Ingredients: 4 pieces Granny Smith apple 2 drops Tabasco Jalapeno sauce ½ oz. honey ½ oz. lemon juice 2 leaves tarragon 5 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 5 […]

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