The Connected Table with Melanie Young and David Ransom

Introduction How did my first sip of “fancy wine” jump-start my thirst for wine knowledge and experiences? Why is this a perfect time for you to take an online wine course? Why is it hard to pair certain vegetables, like asparagus, with wine? What juicy, behind-the-scenes insights will you read in my upcoming third book? What’s it like being a woman in the wine world? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m being interviewed on The Connected Table with Melanie Young and David Ransom. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights Why did my first […]

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Gift Wines and Wines for Turkey Dinner: Global Morning Show

Rosie, Anthony and I chat about great gift wines and wines for turkey dinner and the holidays on Global Morning Show.   Get Natalie’s free Ultimate Guide to Wine & Food Pairing here. It’s free ;)             Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava                                                                                                             […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings November 14

You can access the 155 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for October 31st. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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Nova Scotia’s Secret Star Wine Power with Benjamin Bridge’s Jean Benoit Deslauriers

Introduction Where can you find one of the Canadian wine industry’s best-kept secrets? How does the dynamic Bay of Fundy impact the flavours you taste in wines from the Gaspereau Valley? Which Benjamin Bridge wine will you find on Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant wine list? Why do regional pairings of food and wine work? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Jean Benoit Deslauriers, Head Winemaker at Benjamin Bridge. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights Where can you find one of the Canadian wine industry’s best-kept secrets? How does the climatic dynamic […]

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Sparkling Wine from Cava to Cremant: Festive Fizz

Sparkling wines and champagne for New Year’s Eve is our topic in the CTV News clip above. Here’s a list of the bubblies we discussed, including cava from Spain, cremant from France and sparkling wines from Canada and the US. Let me know which sparkling wine you’re opening for New Year’s Eve in the comments below. You can get a shopping list with my top sparkling wines showing the stock at your closest liquor stores when you join as a  VIP Member. Girls Night Out Sparkling Wine Review VQA, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario Clean, crisp and refreshing: this is […]

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Sonoma Wine Country: Birthplace of California Wine (Video)

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about how Californian wines are among the popular at the liquor store. In this segment, we focus on Sonoma.   We’re back. Let’s take a look at that map again to see Sonoma.       Tell us about Sonoma Birthplace of Californian wine, planted in the 1800s by Spanish missionaries Flagship is Chardonnay Judgment of Paris in 1976 – Chardonnay mostly from Sonoma like this Chard I have         Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Chardonnay 2017           What other wines is Sonoma famous for?   60 […]

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Napa Valley: A Tiny Wine Region with a Big Reputation (Video)

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about how Californian wines are among the popular at the liquor store. Today we’re going to focus on two of its most famous regions: Napa Valley and Sonoma.   How the wildfires impacted California wineries?   California wine country is vast, stretching from the Oregon border in the north, down to Mexico in the south: wine grapes grown in 49 of the California’s 58 counties. The majority of these other regions were not impacted by fires. Only 11 wineries of the 475 in Napa had damage, plus the vineyards are naturally resistant to […]

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries Adapt to Covid with Andrea Kaiser

Introduction What’s it like harvesting grapes in sub-zero temperatures? Is there really any difference between a vineyard on one side of the road and a vineyard on the other? Is this a good time for you to visit a winery? What’s changed with Covid? How does the Taste the Season at Home initiative allow you to support local wineries? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Andrea Kaiser, Chair for the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Director of Marketing at Reif Estate Winery. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What’s it like […]

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Taste the Season at Home with Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

The Covid lockdown has hit wineries particularly hard, with visits to their tasting rooms banned for months and restaurant sales down. How are they coping? What strategies are they using? How can you support these local, grassroots businesses? There’s never been a better time to drink wine and feel great about it.     *** Support your local wineries this season! Click here >>> shop local wines for the holidays ***   We’re going to be chatting with someone who’s at the heart of this issue in Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. Andrea Kaiser grew up there admist the winemaking revolution fueled by […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings October 31

You can access the 136 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. Curious about what […]

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