Ontario VQA Wine and Canadian Cheese Twitter Tasting

What an amazing tasting last night! on Twitter with Canadian cheeses. A terrific group of wine tasters shared thoughts on the pairings and lots of laughs in a live tweet-up that everyone could join. (They had a whey with curds.) Most amazingly, our discussion trended #1 on Twitter: it was the most discussed topic on Twitter worldwide, more popular than Jay-Z, Mitt Romney’s wife and pop culture icons. Smokin! Join us this Wednesday at 8 pm as we get together again for a live Google + video group wine tasting. How do you participate in the next wine and cheese […]

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How to Get Started on Twitter in 5 Minutes

Twitter makes it easy to sign up: Go to https://twitter.com/signup. Enter your name, email and password. Click Sign up for Twitter and choose your user name. That’s it! You can follow a few more steps if you like to fill out profile info, but that’s optional. Next, connect your Twitter account with your account on my site so that we can tweet together: Go to www.nataliemaclean.com/myaccount. Half way down the page, beside the blue button, fill in your Twitter name and click on the button. Ignore the overwrought warning, which is Twitter covering its, umm, bases. This is the standard text for […]

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Video: Wine Industry Must Adapt or Face Digital Darwinism Part 2

The flood of e-mails, tweets and Facebook requests to post this second part of this video conversation below with Paul Mabray of Vintank on the wine industry and Digital Darwinism is heartening. Sometimes, you think you’re just talking to yourself … but when Paul Mabray is part of the conversation, people listen. Didn’t catch Part One of this conversation about wine and social media? Pull up a comfy chair, top that glass up and let it play. Here’s Paul’s presentation… Wine + Digital Here are the Robert Mondavi wines that we tasted…   Robert Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc Private Selection, California […]

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Best Wine Apps in Food & Drink and iPhone Life Magazines

The elegant essayist James Chatto names three of his favourite wine sites in the latest issue of Food & Drink Magazine. We’re thrilled to be one of them and he also mentions our mobile wine app with the bar code scanner that gives real-time inventory stock for the liquor stores closest to you. Meanwhile, the latest issue of iPhone Life Magazine names its top 10 wine apps, and we were honoured to be among them.It notes that there are lots of features packed into the app.

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Buying Wine at the LCBO that’s Worth the Price – Toronto Star

As do many people, I like drinking wine. But I don’t know how to assess which wines are worth the money and which aren’t. One day, I stumbled upon a book at an Indigo store and bought it right away. I liked the cartoons on the cover and the title, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wine. I started following author Natalie MacLean, an Ottawa-based sommelier, on Twitter. I found MacLean as bubbly in person as in her videos. In a phone interview, she told me about her free mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.  […]

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Apple iTunes Picks New Wine App to Feature on its Storefront

We’re thrilled that Apple has selected our new Wine Picks & Pairings app to feature on its iTunes Storefront and in its Essentials Collections for Date Night, Apps for Foodies, Pocket Sommelier and Food and Wine. Needless to say, downloads have gone bananas since Apple posted the app on the strorefront last week. Hope the app helps you find a terrific bottle of wine for your sweetie on February 14. Cheers, Natalie P.S. Yes, I noticed that I’m right below Darth Maul … definitely a red theme happening here, but he has better hair. iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes Canada): […]

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New Wine App with Top 10 Wines in Your Liquor Store Now

Since we launched our free mobile wine apps in 2009, you’ve given us hundreds of suggestions for new features and improvements. (You can stop now … kidding.) Our newest app that launches today, is built based on how you told us that you shop for wine: Problem: The bottles in front of you are starting to blur, your breath is getting rapid and shallow. Which $15 red wine should you buy for dinner? Hey, would you like to scroll through long lists of wine reviews only to find a great bottle that’s not even in the liquor store where you […]

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