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

Last week in Toronto, I attended a terrific tasting of Greek wines, with more than 40 Greek wineries pouring more than 120 wines at the Royal Ontario Museum (thus the dino). According to the Greek embassy of economic and trade affairs, Greek wine exports to Canada are up 66% since 2010 and are also up 7.5 percent so far in 2017.   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 […]

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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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Ontario’s Best Sommelier to Compete for National Title

  Last night, we were joined by special guest Emily Pearce-Bibona who has just been named Ontario’s Best Sommelier in a gruelling day-long competition. Click on the arrow above to watch the video. We went behind the scenes with Emily to chat about what it was like to compete (and win) in this competition hosted by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. Plus, she shared her expert tips on tasting and enjoying wine, including how to choose a great bottle from a restaurant list, with the help of your sommelier, of course ;) You can read 69 comments here and make […]

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Orange, Poppy Seed & Apricot Loaf Recipe Paired with Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio

ORANGE, POPPYSEED & APRICOT LOAF   Sunshine can be fleeting, particularly in the depths of winter, which makes the bright spring flavours of the stunning 90 point Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio an absolute delight! Limited stock is now available at the LCBO so get your hands on some while you still can, and then pair it with this beautiful orange and apricot loaf. It’s incredibly moist, with crunchy poppy seeds topped with fragrant apricots and an orange glaze; the perfect accompaniment to a splash of Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio. Welcome to spring!   Orange, Poppy Seed & Apricot Loaf Recipe […]

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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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Why Does Vancouver Wine Festival Need to be on Your Bucket List?

This Facebook Live Video above, we chat about the Vancouver International Wine Festival. You can click on the arrow above to play the video. We’re joined by guest wine columnist, Monique Sosa of Ottawa Family Living magazine. You’ll find our most recent live video wine tasting here: www.nataliemaclean.com/live We taste every Sunday evening at 6 pm eastern so add us to your calendar and grab a glass of wine. Click on the buttons for “Share” and “Like” on the page above to get notified when we go live. If you’d like to read the comments for this video, or make […]

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Chocolate and Wine Pairings that will Surprise (and Seduce) Your Valentine

  We paired wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day the Sunday Sipper Club! You can watch our Live Video Wine Tasting above — click on the arrow to play. Join is for our next tasting this Sunday at 6 pm eastern right here: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Sip with you soon!   In this second Facebook Live Video Wine Tasting above, we also chat about pairing wine with chocolate for Valentine’s Day. We’re joined by guest winemaker, David Guimaraen of Fonseca to help us get ready for the big day, as well by guests from Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut. If you’d like to read 140 comments […]

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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 Pinot Noir Salad Dressing Recipe

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Salad Dressing Recipe Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines The ultimate wine pairing only takes a drizzle to dazzle. Use Kim Crawford Pinot Noir to put a flavorful flourish on seasonal salads. INGREDIENTS: Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Sugar DIRECTIONS: In a wide saucepan or skillet, combine Kim Crawford Pinot Noir with sugar (a good ratio is 3 cups wine to 1 cup sugar), bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until syrupy and reduced to about a third of the volume. Let cool, bottle, and refrigerate. You can also pour it back into the […]

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7 Unusual Food Pairings for Nobilo Wines from New Zealand

Heather Wall Wine Columnist, Huffington Post Canada A big KIA ORA Welcome was on hand for Dave Edmonds as he rolled through Ottawa for another stellar tasting of Nobilo Wines of New Zealand. More specifically, Marlborough, easily becoming one of the great wine-growing regions of the world – just ask Dave! Clean crisp air, oodles of sunshine, cool ocean breezes and volcanic soils cultivates grapes bursting with juicy crispness and zesty, flinty minerality. Dave came armed with Sauvignon Blancs from both the Nobilo Regional Collection and the Nobilo ICON Collection.  Two Pinot Noirs from the ICON Collection and a 2016 […]

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