Wine and Social Media: Do Wineries Need Social Media?

Our video chat below features social media tips for the wine industry from Marc Saltzman, tech columnist for the Toronto Star, USA Today, MSN, Yahoo, CNN and Gear Guide, viewed by 6-7 million people every week at Cineplex movie theatres across the country. What  about the concern that many wineries have: they don’t have the time to do it or the budget to hire someone? What’s the real upside in being on social media, especially if you already have a web site? How do you know which social media channels to focus on? Is it all about Twitter and Facebook? […]

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Apps we Love for Condo Living: Dining and Entertaining

Having friends over for a dinner party, BBQ or for drinks on the patio can sometimes be more stressful than it should be. It can take a lot of careful thought and planning to find the perfect combination of food and drinks to serve that all your friends and family will like. With that in mind, we found some great apps that will help you plan the perfect meal. Natalie MacLean’s Wine Picks & Pairings The app uses the GPS technology on your phone to connect with real-time inventory numbers at your local LCBO store. It also gives you the […]

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Canadian Restaurant Mobile App by Top Food Critics

By Anne DesBrisay Last spring, I opened an email from John Gilchrist, Calgary’s pre-eminent food writer, asking if I’d be interested in contributing the Ottawa section to a cross-Canada restaurant app he was working on. It was to be a first of its kind, geared to the business traveller, a catalogue of best places to eat as chosen by the leading restaurant critics in eleven cities across Canada. Its working title was Dining in Downtown Canada … good places to eat within a walk or cab from major hotels in our major cities. The idea was simple: you’re in Saskatoon, […]

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As mobile phone applications, RSS Feeds and websites become more sophisticated, food lovers no longer need to scan cookery books for inspiration for their evening meal. When four American University students set up a recipe-sharing website in 1997, their motivation was anthropological rather than commercial. However, within ten years their website, designed to explore how people share recipes, had grown into one of the world’s biggest food websites – allrecipes.com. According to vice president of marketing, Esmee Williams, it was people at home rather than web entrepeneurs, who made this site a success. “We just created the technology,” she explains. […]

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Excerpted from Reuters Don’t know which wine to have with a pepperoni pizza? There’s an app for that — as well as websites and Twitter. The number of ways to discover the most suitable wine for a particular dish can be as overwhelming as walking into a large wine shop. More than a dozen apps claiming to be the equivalent of a sommelier in your pocket are available for iPhones and iPods. And there are others for the BlackBerry and other mobile devices. But among the most popular is the Nat Decants Food & Wine Match. Wine blogger Natalie MacLean […]

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Foodie apps for iPhones and BlackBerrys are all the rage of late (PC Magazine recently did a roundup of their favourites), and leading the charge is sommelier and “unapologetically tipsy” wine lass Natalie MacLean. She recently launched a downloadable widget for her popular on-line drinks matcher, offering roadside assistance for LCBO-goers moored hopelessly between the Argentina and Vintages racks. The portable version allows users to pair food and drink from anywhere using a smart phone, then share the results via Facebook, MySpace, e-mail or Friendster. The app is downloadable from MacLean’s site, Nat Decants, and provides access to the 50,000 […]

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Free BlackBerry Wine App: New Storm 2 and 9500 Series Approved

We recently got approval for the Storm 2 and 9500 series free wine mobile app for BlackBerry! The app also works on all other BlackBerry devices and operating systems. If you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch user, we’ve got an app for you too and we’re currently working on a Droid version. All other smartphone can use the mobile site, which has been customized for their phones. We’re on an aggressive development path with the apps: lots more feature over the next few months. Stay tuned! Cheers, Natalie

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Apple approved new iPhone app, yay!

Just got approval for a seriously big update of the free wine mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/nat-decants/id353052386?mt=8 I hope you’ll download it and give it a whirl. As always, if you have suggestions for further improvements or new features, please just e-mail me directly. I look forward to hearing what you think of it! Cheers, Natalie What’s new in version 1.2? – Improved performance, navigation and loads more free content – Added new section to Pairings for Occasions: find wines for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other events – Added new sections under More for weird Wine Facts, […]

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Yahoo News: New 10-in-1 Wine Mobile App

Yahoo News June 23, 2010 – The free Nat Decants iPhone and BlackBerry app  has dished up more than 7.2 million mouth-watering wine reviews, pairings and recipes since its launch in February. Nat Decants now bundles a suite of 10 wine apps rolled into one, including a cellar journal, articles, blog posts, glossary, newsletter, pairings, wine reviews, recipes, book excerpt and world winery directory. “This new app gives wine lovers a complete dinner solution at their fingertips,” says Natalie MacLean, editor of one of the largest wine sites at on the web at NatalieMacLean.com. “Start with a pairing, get a […]

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Top 10 Green Wine & Food Matches for St. Patrick’s Day

Which wines go best with the “green food” that we’ll enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day, such as corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew? How about those fresh spring vegetables that will soon be on our plates? Green foods are the problem children of the wine world. But as a stubborn hedonist whose grandmother’s name was Brophy, I’ve found some terrific wines to drink with them on tomorrow. Top 10 Green Wine & Food Matches 1. Corned beef and cabbage: Pinot Blanc 2. Irish Stew: Cabernet Franc 3. Spring Asparagus: Gruner Veltliner 4. Field greens salad: Riesling 5. Tomatoes: Pinot […]

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