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Hi Natalie, April 29, 2011

My top wine picks in liquor stores this weekend feature drop-to-your-knees Australian Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet. There are also some mouth-watering wines from southern Italy that go beautifully with pasta and many other dishes. I've highlighted my top-rated and best-value wines, lots of great wines for Mother's Day (or to celebrate a royal wedding).

I'll be highlighting the web sites and blogs that have recently posted the Drinks Matcher food-and-wine pairing tool. It just takes three clicks to post, so let me know if you've recently added it. It's a handy tool that will keep folks coming back to your site for more pairing suggestions.

Do you have friends, family or colleagues who also love wine? You can suggest them to me for this newsletter. I'll send them a quick note to let them know what it's about.


Some of my favourite wines this week include the Charles Baker Stratus Riesling (Niagara), Coopers Creek Viognier (New Zealand), Henschke Shiraz (Australia) and Valle Reale Montepulciano (Italy). Here are all my best-value and top-rated picks ... More »

Now that we're at the beginning of barbecue season, here's a simple and delicious recipe for Herb-Grilled Chicken with Orange Balsamic Sauce from Tracey Black at Epicuria. I'd pair this dish with a zesty Riesling or even a smooth Syrah. Is your mouth watering? Mine is. Here's the recipe ... More » 

Celebrate Mother's Day with a good bottle of wine (or three). And here's an interesting opinion piece about wines marketed to women from the National Post. There have been even more labels launched since this was written. I find the trend a fascinating study of modern culture ... More »

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