Pairing Wine and Dessert with a Sommelier and Wine Importer

Andrew von Teichman This interview was published in a recent edition of my column in Homefront Maagzine. Andrew von Teichman, Toronto sommelier, winemaker and wine importer, talks about wines to pair with summer desserts. You’re a sommelier by training, but now own a winery and wine agency. Why did you go into those fields? My father was a co-founder of Pelee Island Winery in southwestern Ontario, so I had a chance to work in the vineyards and cellar during high school summers. I wasn’t forced to do this; I just decided to apply for a job there one summer and […]

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Wine Marketing Brand Launch: Henry of Pelham Sibling Rivalry

In the video below, Daniel Speck shares a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly successful launch of the wine brand Sibling Rivalry. How can you use consumer package goods marketing to such a fragmented, quirky and artisanal category like wine? In 1984, many people thought that the Speck family in Niagara was crazy when they ripped out their Concord grapes at their own expense and instead planted Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, they’re considered prescient for having been one of the first wineries in the region to make the leap to premium grapes and wine. Three Speck brothers above now […]

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings for Easter – Food Network Canada

Here are my top ten wine and chocolate matches for Easter for your sweet enjoyment, courtesy of the Food Network Canada. Dark Chocolate Mousse and Blackstone Winery Zinfandel Winemaker’s Select, California Mini White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes and Dow’s Port Late Bottled Vintage, Portugal Flourless Mini Chocolate Orange Cakes with Ganache and Quady Winery Muscat Orange, California Chocolate Almond Cake and Delaforce Port Late Bottled Vintage, Portugal Malted Milk Chocolate Cakes and Quinta Do Noval Port Tawny, Portugal Flourless Chocolate Biscotti and Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest, South Africa Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle and Farina Le Pezze Amarone Della Valpolicella […]

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Arneis: White Wine with a Past but Little Known as a Grape Today

Nod To The Odd: Arneis By Holly Bruns A memory can rest, tucked away, until suddenly, in an instant, something unlocks it. It might be a certain song that brings back the high school gym and that first dance, it may be the scene of a particular vista that triggers thoughts of a time and place long gone, or a particular aroma may work to capture a feeling of the past. A few years ago, after a long, leisurely lunch, I tried a sip from a bottle of Arneis. At the time it reminded me of an arboreal landscape, pine […]

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Wine Buying and Pairing for Valentine’s Day and Beyond – National Post

The best way to a woman’s heart on Valentine’s Day is a subject that’s always up for debate. Even though flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates have been go-to contenders for decades, the old adage goes that candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. Natalie MacLean, the wine expert and author of Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, understands the truth behind the expression: Wine delivers romance with each sip. “I think wine, at least to me, is the drink of conversation. You’re usually over a glass of wine watching each other, you’re talking, it’s over […]

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How To Pair Wine With Chocolate – CityTV

We asked Natalie MacLean, author of the bestseller Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, for her top ten wine and chocolate matches for Valentine’s Day. 1. Dark Chocolate and Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, Italy 2. Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and Jackson-Triggs Gewurztraminer Icewine Proprietors’ Grand Reserve, Niagara-On-The-Lake 3. Chocolate-Orange Cake and Niepoort Port Ruby, Douro, Portugal 4. Chocolate with Nuts and Warre’s Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 5. Milk Chocolate and Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary 6. Bittersweet Chocolate and Poderi Colla Bussia Dardi Le Rose Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 7. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Open Vidal Icewine, […]

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Chocolate and Wine Matches for Valentine’s Day – Zoomer Magazine

Natalie MacLean, author of the bestsellerUnquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines shares with us her top ten wine and chocolate matches for Valentine’s Day. •Dark Chocolate and Remo Farina Amarone Classico, Italy •Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and G. Marquis Vidal Icewine The Silver Line, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario •Chocolate-Orange Cake and Quinta Do Portal Port Fine Ruby, Douro, Portugal •Chocolate with Nuts and José Maria da Fonseca & Van Zeller Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal •Milk Chocolate and Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary •Bittersweet Chocolate and Bava Barolo, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy •Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Kerner […]

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Best Turkey Wine for Holiday Dinner? Not One But Many Wines – Reuters

While this terrific article talks about matching wine with Thanksgiving turkey, the tips are just as valid with it comes to Christmas/holiday turkey dinner … Thanksgiving, the holiday that anyone who likes to eat loves to celebrate, is just a week away and experts agree there is not one perfect wine to accompany the feast, but many. “No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving,” said Natalie MacLean, author of the new book, “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” “Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the […]

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Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series Pairs Wine and Music in Harmony

    Every summer Tinhorn Creek Vineyards hosts the Canadian Concert Series. These concerts feature up and coming Canadian talent over the summer months and close off the season in September with a highly recognized Canadian performer. The first concert of the season kicked off with an amazing performance by up-and-coming indie/jazz singer Ali Milner. At only 19 years of age Ali Milner delivers pure sound and amazing vocal depth, with a modern edge for a classic genre that has been described as shades of Sam Cooke and Nora Jones rolled into one. Watch a short clip of her concert […]

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Stoneleigh New Zealand Wine recommends great books for autumn

Now that the weather has become chilly and people are retreating to the comforts of home, gathering with friends to discuss great books and share a bottle of wine is more appealing than ever.  Some solo reading time with a glass to savour is another cozy way to spend precious free time. Stoneleigh Wines from Marlborough, New Zealand are the Official Wine Partner of Random House of Canada Limited.  Together, they have a range of book selections to recommend, and accompanying wine suggestions for book clubs large and small…  plenty of food for thought, and nuanced wines to complement good […]

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