Celebrating Mother’s Day with the Great Women of Champagne

On CTV’s The Social yesterday, we chatted about the top Champagnes made by women for Mother’s Day. (Click on the arrow above to play the video.) They were all young women whose families owned the great champagne houses at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. When they lost their husbands to war or illness, they didn’t sell the businesses or remarry. They took control of the chateaus to produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world. In an era when few women were in business at all, these women headed what were, at the time, some […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts, Wines and Pairings

By Natalie MacLean How to thank Mom for all those kisses, compliments and band-aids? Try a great bottle of wine with Mother’s Day gift, brunch or dinner pairing. As a mother myself now, I call my glass of wine at 5 p.m. “Mommy’s little helper.” Here’s to you Mom! Here are my Top 20 Wines for Mother’s Day, either made by women or named for them. Often the latter were originally made by women. Try these wines that I recommended on the Conde Nast site Epicurious.com or more choices on Canada AM and in More Magazine: Veuve Clicquot Champagne France […]

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Men Versus Women Winemakers: Battle of the Bottles?

In honour of International Women’s Day #IWD2016 on March 8, I’m posting this piece that I originally wrote for the LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine on women winemakers. Several of the women have since changed positions, but they are still in the wine industry and more importantly, the issues raised remain. Do women have any natural advantages when it comes to making and tasting wine? Are they still a minority in the industry, and if so, why isn’t that changing? What does the future look like for young women entering the field? In my personal quest for answers, I’ve judged the […]

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The Champagnes of James Bond and Rappers: Bollinger and Cristal

Part 2: Champagne Widows By the 1930s, French winemakers faced even greater challenges: a country about to go to war, a worldwide Depression that made running any business difficult, and U.S. Prohibition, which made selling luxury champagne to the lucrative American market almost impossible.   Camille Olry-Roederer   This was the forbidding business environment that Camille Olry-Roederer stepped into when she took over the champagne house Louis Roederer after losing her second husband in 1932 (her first husband had died in World War I). Sales were 264,000 bottles that year, compared to 2.3 million bottles in 1876.   1954 1954 […]

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How to Sabre Champagne + Sparkling Wines

Leanne and I chat about sparkling wines and Champagnes for the holidays. Click on the arrow to play the video above. Napoléon visits the Moët & Chandon cellars in 1807 Napoleon is credited with inventing the sabering technique and is famous for his phrase: “In victory we deserve Champagne, in defeat, we need it.” The famous Champagne maker Veuve Clicquot, who lost her husband when she was just 27, was a wealthy young widow. She would entertain Napoleon’s officers (early day sampling program). They, in turn, tried to impress her by sabering the tops of the Champagne bottles that she […]

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Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Salad Dressing Recipe

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Salad Dressing Recipe Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines The ultimate wine pairing only takes a drizzle to dazzle. Use Kim Crawford Pinot Noir to put a flavorful flourish on seasonal salads. INGREDIENTS: Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Sugar DIRECTIONS: In a wide saucepan or skillet, combine Kim Crawford Pinot Noir with sugar (a good ratio is 3 cups wine to 1 cup sugar), bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until syrupy and reduced to about a third of the volume. Let cool, bottle, and refrigerate. You can also pour it back into the […]

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Kim Crawford Wine Pairs Well with Milestones and Birthdays

By Melissa Pulvermacher A 25th birthday should be celebrated with several bottles of wine and a great dinner. That’s exactly how the summer-long festivities began for Milestones at their Dundas Square location in Toronto, with General Manager André Barrett, Head Chef Jason Rosso and Kim Crawford’s New Zealand Portfolio Director Matthew Deller. As expected, Rosso hit it out of the park immediately with a table full of Crab Salad Crostini, Crispy Halibut Tacos and Mini Spinach Dip Taco Bowls. The food was on the table, but a great meal needs wine pairings to take it to the next level. Matt […]

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Kim Crawford Cocktail Recipe: Kim Spritz

KIM SPRITZ Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines A new twist on an old favourite, the Kim Spritz offers the refreshing appeal of a spritzer with the unmistakeable, mouth-watering acidity of Kim Crawford’s Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients: 4 pieces cucumber 1/2 oz. liquid cane sugar 1/2 oz. yuzu juice 4 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 3 oz. Perrier Method: Lightly muddle the cucumber, liquid cane sugar and yuzu juice in a shaker. Add the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and ice. Shake vigorously 8 to 10 seconds. Filter into a big glass filled with ice. Top with Perrier. Stir, garnish with a […]

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Kim Crawford Cocktail Recipe: Pink Kim with Fresh Raspberries

PINK KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée! PINK KIM With its sunset pink colour and its floral bouquet, the Pink Kim is the perfect choice for a girls’ night out on the deck. Ingredients: ½ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. lavender syrup 1 pinch rosemary 3 fresh raspberries 2 drops […]

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Cocktail Recipe: Fresh Kim

FRESH KIM Sponsored Post by Kim Crawford Wines Renowned for turning the world’s expectations into something beautiful and unordinary, Kim Crawford is mixing things up with Sauvignon Blanc infused cocktail recipes. These fabulous Kim Crawford’s signature cocktail recipes are sure to add a dose of glamour, and just the right amount of sparkle, to your next soirée. FRESH KIM This refreshing cocktail is exactly what you need to spice up your night! Ingredients: 4 pieces Granny Smith apple 2 drops Tabasco Jalapeno sauce ½ oz. honey ½ oz. lemon juice 2 leaves tarragon 5 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 5 […]

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