Wine and Pizza Pairing Video: Norm Hardie

In this video, we chat with two Gold Medal winners in The Great Canadian Wine Match: winemaker Norm Hardie and wine lover Joe Hache, who rallied thousands of votes for Norm’s pinot noir to be named Canada’s Best Wine with Pizza. They join me from Norm’s winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Note: there’s a slight delay of a few seconds with their responses because they’re recording from Norm’s cellar. – Joe describes the first time he tasted Norm’s pinot noir and why that occasion was so memorable – Norm talks about what makes this pinot noir and others from […]

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Best Canada Day Wines: Canada AM

Marci and I chat about the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match on CTV’s Canada AM this morning. We focused on the winning wines that paired best with cheese, chicken, beef, seafood, pizza and dessert. You can find the complete list of Canadian wines here that were nominated. Here’s a text shopping list of more wines in stores now to celebrate July 1. Happy Canada Day! Natalie   Marci: Thousands of Canadians have spoken and out of 279 entries six Canadian wines have emerged victorious in the first ever Great Canadian Wine Match. Here this morning to unveil the […]

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Grassroots Video for The Great Canadian Wine Match

Love this! Wine Blogger Joe Hache took the initiative to create this video about the 6 Prince Edward County Wines that he’s nominated for The Great Canadian Wine Match. It’s awesome to see the people behind the labels… however, you don’t have to live in wine country, as Joe does, to create a simple video of your favourite wines. Download the free YouTube app on iPhone, Android or Windows and take a quick video clip from your smartphone of your wine(s), or do it from your laptop using your built-in video camera and YouTube recorder button. Either way, just takes […]

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Pairing Wine and Cookies Video Tips

Pairing wine and cookies? Oooh yes! In the video chat below, Laura Englander and Leah Kuo, the founders of Cookies n Corks, talk about how you can match cookies and wine. They discuss the types of cookies that work best with white wine, red wine and sparkling wine — and they have great ideas on how to host a fun tasting party with friends. How did you came up with this idea? What were the challenges in starting this business? Don’t cookies make dry wine taste bitter? How did you adjust the recipes for the cookies to go well with […]

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Vegetarian Wines with Sommelier Instructor Video

In our second video chat below, Dave Loan shares some specific vegetarian and wine pairings, such as the Seitan dish above, which is a protein made from high-gluten flour, has the texture of a cutlet and a higher protein value than beef. He coats it in a pecan crust, pan fries it and serves it with a black rice cake, sautéed vegetables, a thick tomato chutney and a robust red wine. Dave also discusses his course on New World wines for the sommelier program at Algonquin College. What’s the most memorable wine and vegetarian pairing you’ve ever tried? Worst? Why […]

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Wine and Vegetarian Pairing Video

In our video chat below, David Loan, co-owner of Ottawa’s best vegetarian restaurant, Zen Kitchen, chats about pairing wine with vegetarian dishes. In particular, he discusses styles of wine that work well with vegetarian dishes and how both protein and umami play a pivotal role. And why is it that green vegetables always seem to clash with tannic, red wines? Is there any hope for a wine lover when it comes to artichokes and asparagus? Are there any general guidelines you suggest when pairing wine with vegetarian dishes? Are there particular styles of wine that tend to work well? Don’t […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting Video

Cabernet sauvignon is the focus of the short wine tasting video below. Discover why cabernet sauvignon is the world’s best known red wine, what sauvignon means and terrific cabernet sauvignon and food pairings. Bordeaux is the benchmark for cabernet sauvignon but many regions around the world also make this robust red. Taste along with me and see the difference in style between Old and New World cabernet sauvignon. Best Cabernet Sauvignon Under $20 Top Rated Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon and Food Pairings   Mouton Cadet 2010 Bordeaux, France Jackson-Triggs Reserve Series Meritage 2010 Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

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Shiraz Syrah Wine Tasting Video

Shiraz and Syrah wines are the focus of the video tasting above. Both come from the same grape clone, but different regions around the world have chosen one name or the other and produce different styles of this robust red wine. The wines tasted in this video include: Famille Perrin Les Cornuds Vinsobres, Rhone Valley, France McWilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz, Australia The Stump Jump D’arenberg Wines, Australia Best Shiraz Under $20 Top Rated Shiraz What’s the best shiraz or syrah that you’ve ever tasted?

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Wine + Seafood Pairing Video: Food Network Star Michael Smith

In our second video chat below, Food Network star Michael Smith talks about his take on food and wine pairing, especially with seafood. Michael’s laid-back approach to all things wine and food is part of his success. You’ll note his conversational tone in this video … it’s as though we’re sitting at his kitchen table enjoying a good glass of wine. Find out why Michael is especially keen on wines from B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. What’s your take on pairing food and wine? Which wines pair best with seafood? Which don’t? What’s one of your most memorable wine and seafood pairings? […]

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Chef Michael Smith’s Passion for Wine: Video

Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, hosts the Food Network show, Chef Michael’s Kitchen, and is author of six bestselling cookbooks. In the video chat below, he joins me from his home in Prince Edward Island to talk about his passion for food and wine. How did your passion for food and cooking start? What was the first wine you tried? Which wines do you usually drink for pleasure? Why do you buy Canadian wines? Do you have wine with dinner most nights? If you could share a glass of wine with anyone, living or dead, who would that […]

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