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Dear Natalie, January 7, 2011

Did you know that 28.9% of relationship breakdowns in the new year are due to wine shopping conflicts? I was as surprised as you look now.

In these tragic situations, one partner wants great taste while the other wants to tighten the budget post-holidays.

Fortunately, there is a way to stay together.

If you're the cheapskate in the relationship, go to Best Value Red Wines (or White Wines), print out the list or access it on your mobile phone, go to your closest liquor store ... and don't let your big spender see the ridiculously low prices.

(Total candor in relationships is over-rated.)

I've also included tips and a video on pairing wine and cheese in this newsletter so that you can entertain friends without having to make them a multi-course meal, which of course, would eat up all your savings with the wine choices.

Let me know how it goes ... and happy new year! 

Wines of the Week
There are some spectacular value wines coming out stores now, including Inniskillin Chardonnay, BC; Urban Malbec, Argentina; and Perrin & Fils Syrah blend, Rhone Valley, France. Here are more of my smart buy wine picks ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
Comfort food is what we want right now. How about this buttery, mouth-watering recipe for Adult Mac & Cheese that involves melting gorganzola, asiago and parsean with leeks, parsley and thyme. Chef and caterer Tracey Black has done it again and made us hungry. Here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Wine and cheese pairing is one of my favourite pre-occupations For a story in the Ottawa Citizen, I offered my top matches for softcheeses, cheddars and blues. You can also find those tips in this video below ... More »


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