Wine App Pours its Way to the Top of the App Store

Thanks to reporter Trish Crompton with the technology magazine Communitech for this terrific review of our new wine mobile app! Wine app pours its way to the top of the app store Natalie MacLean may have uncorked the secret to helping even the most amateur of wine drinkers to become their own sommelier. As an award-winning wine writer, MacLean is constantly asked for recommendations on the perfect wine. “I would get lots and lots of emails all the time,” MacLean says, and they were filled with questions like, “I want to buy an anniversary wine for my parents, I have […]

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Wine App is a Pocket Sommelier on Mobile Phones

On App Central this Saturday, hosts Lyndsay and Michael review our new wine mobile app, describing it as a pocket sommelier ;)  You can download the free wine app here. This show is syndicated to the CTV News at 6 pm affiliates across the country. Also, the latest news from Google based on its massive data and analytics: by the end of this year, searches on mobile devices will surpass those on desktop computers. This is especially relevant for the wine category, where most buying decisions are made outside the home in the liquor store or in a restaurant. We […]

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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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Atelier Restaurant Ottawa: Food + Wine Video Review

When we decided to make reservations at Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa, we discovered that we’d have to wait several weeks for a Friday evening reservation. Such is the popularity of this award-winning restaurant that specializes in molecular gastronomy, and is one of my favourite restaurants in this city and across the country. I had written a profile of the superb sommelier Steve Robinson several months ago for Ottawa Magazine, the sister publication of Toronto Life. Now it was time to revisit and try the new summer menu with Steve’s pairings. It was spectacular, with whimsical dish names like “You’ve Got […]

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Wine Scores and Ontario Wines Videos

Which wine at the LCBO today? Do I follow the reviews? vine.co/v/b6wmE1Ag6Z5 — NatalieMacLean (@NatalieMacLean) February 20, 2013   I’m having a blast with the hottest new Twitter Video app called Vine. Here’s my tongue-in-cheek shopping trip based on wine scores, and below my favourite Ontario wines. Ontario wines Video of favs in stores now vine.co/v/brVDKYXJw1Q — NatalieMacLean (@NatalieMacLean) February 17, 2013   Here are my first videos with the Vine Twitter App, plus video picks for Family Day wines.

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Vine App for Wine: Twitter Videos Decant Private Passions

Call it YouTube for Twitter. Vine is the next big thing. (Call me a geek. It’s okay … I got that years ago when I jumped on Twitter and mobile.) Vine creates tiny, moving windows that allow others to look in on your life. Forget Hollywood-like stage sets, lights and stilted dialogue … this is real life: gritty, gripping and great. So? That’s also where wine should be, not on a pedestal in the cold light of analysis, isolated as some mysterious object removed from where it might actually be enjoyed with friends. Pinot noir pairs with salmon & … […]

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