Our team is thrilled that Apple has just selected our free wine app for its Essentials Collection in both the “Apps for Foodies” and “Pocket Sommelier” categories. We’re proud to be one of the few apps chosen from among thousands along with those from Mario Batali, Martha Stewart and Epicurious. The app is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android and has received encouraging reviews from both media and users. It’s been through numerous revisions and feature upgrades since it was launched two years ago, with more than 136,000 downloads. As a result, significantly more of the traffic […]
We are thrilled that the Toronto Star recommended our app as one of the essential food and wine apps. The story doesn’t appear to be online yet, but here’s the print version … If you’re older than 24 and can’t read this text, here it is: Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings Free; iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry Perhaps the only wine app you’ll ever need. A search for what goes best with sauvignon blanc turns up a list of suggestions including friend chicken and dim sum. Select a wine to read the reviews, check its availability at your nearest LCBO […]
I’m thrilled that our new (free) wine label-scanning mobile app will be featured on the Business News Network (BNN) on June 7 at 8 p.m. There’ll be a demo of how the Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings app works and help consumers find terrific wines in the LCBO and other liquor stores across the country. Tune in then, and I’d love to hear what you think of version 2.1 that Apple just approved this afternoon with new features and bug fixes!
To assist both professionals and novices in pairing food with wines and other beverages, Natalie MacLean, publisher of North America’s largest wine e-newsletter (as well as the website NatalieMacLean.com), now offers the Nat Decants Food & Drink Matcher widget. It’s compatible with multiple platforms, including computer desktops, websites, blogs, and social media such as Facebook, MySpace, and iGoogle; there’s also a smartphone application for iPhone, iPod Touch, or BlackBerry devices. The software comes in two sizes to fit various Internet and mobile operating systems. Once installed, it can be quickly searched for drinks to pair with meats, pastas, seafood, vegetarian […]
Some wines are definitely a better fit with certain foods, but I admit I lived many years without realizing just good a food and wine pairing could acutally be. On my one and only visit to Lumiere – during the Rob Feenie years – I ordered a ten-course tasting menu and the matched flight of wines for each course. I was humbled. The food was good. Each course was either a single bite of something quite special or a few bites of something sumptuous. There was Israeli couscous and paper thin smoked duck breast and goat cheese cheesecake and lots […]
Can wine work on quick-service menus? More restaurants are finding that, in fact, it can. There is a scene in “Sideways,” the 2004 film about an oenophile and his friend road tripping through California’s wine country, where the protagonist, Miles, visits a fast-food restaurant. Having recently suffered humiliations including the rejection of his novel and advances toward the woman he loves, Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, unceremoniously drinks his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc from a plastic foam cup over a burger and onion rings. Had he chosen the establishment more carefully, Miles could have saved his precious bottle for […]
Nat Decants is a Internet site of wine writer Natalie MacLean. It’s full of great articles that she has written and she publishes a regular newsletter which has a personal tone. And now she has considered something new, which will be interesting for all wine lovers. It is a so-called widget, which means: a tool that you can put on your own web site, blog or social media page like Facebook to get wine and food pairings. With this tool, your site visitors can find the right wine for the right dish. The tool is easy-to-use and accessible. There are […]
Whether you’re indulging in shepherd’s pie or dim sum, there’s always a wine to match. But what is it? Check the portable new Drinks Matcher Widget from Natalie MacLean, publisher of Canada’s largest wine e-newsletter. This food-and-wine pairing tool can be downloaded to your desktop, social page, website or blog. Go to www.nataliemaclean.com/matcher. You can search by the food or by the wine, then browse through recipes or drinks reviews. MacLean spent eight years testing the combinations for her Drinks Matcher. “I’m a thoroughly hedonistic researcher,” she says in an email. “Of the thousands of combinations I tried, some were […]