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Dear Natalie, May 12, 2012

There are some terrific bottles in this week's wine picks for Mother's Day gifts and brunch on Sunday, plus some amazing smart buys, including one wine at $12.95 that I rated 90 points out of 100. 

Speaking of Mother's Day, I had fun chatting with Jeff Hutcheson on Canada AM yesterday about bubblies with a fascinating back story involving women.

When you're in stores shopping this weekend, tap into our free wine app to get my top picks and store stock. Our mobile development team is grateful for the encouraging reviews in Food & Drink and iPhone Life Magazine, as well as your positive community support.

The latest news in the wine world is that the marvelous book, The Billionaire's Vinegar, a mystery about a Thomas Jefferson bottle sold at auction, is going to be made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. (He can tend my vines any day.)

Here's my review of the book from the Globe & Mail. Good summer read before you see the movie.

Have a terrific weekend!
PS Want more spring wine picks? You can find terrific bottles in the new issue of Air Miles Inspired Living Magazine.

Wines of the Week
There are some mouth-watering sauvignon blancs in this release that are perfect for fresh seafood, salads and any vegetarian dish. As well, several full-bodied cabernets, malbecs and shirazes are terrific for BBQ steak and pork. See all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines here ... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
This recipe for tender and juicy Whole Chicken in a Pot with garlic, onion, lemon and thyme comes from Pat Anderson, a terrific food blogger and photographer. She's paired this savoury dish with a crisp Niagara white wine. Here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Two of our terrific contributors have profiled some unusual grapes and wines in their blog posts this week. Holly Bruns looks at cabernet sauvignon from Romania, while Travis Oke gives his take on Spanish tempranillo and garnacha ... More »

Yesterday morning on Canada AM we talked about bubblies for Mother's Day, especially since they pair so well with brunch favourites such as quiche, frittata and bagels with smoke salmon and cream cheese.

Here's my top 10 bubblies to buy for Mother's Day.

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