Pairing Wine & Charcuterie with Jennifer McLagan

Introduction In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Jennifer McLagan, an author and expert in charcuterie. Sometimes, I think we’ve become so paranoid about fat in our diets that we forget that not all fats are alike. Jennifer talks about those that are good for us, and together, we discover some terrific wines to pair with them. Enjoy!   Highlights When did Jennifer realize she wanted to write about food? What is Jennifer’s favourite failure? How does Jennifer respond to people who are concerned about “healthy eating”? What was the best moment of Jennifer’s career […]

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Going to the Heartland of Shiraz with Peter Lehmann Wines Video

Australia is renowned for its robust red wine Shiraz, but do you know that the Barossa Valley is the heartland for this wine? Do you know what makes this place so special for this wine? That’s exactly what we’re going to learn from our guest tonight who joins me live from Australia. Our guest this evening is the third generation of his family to make wine in the Barossa, and a graduate of the prestigious winemaking program at the University of Adelaide. In the five years since he graduated in 2008, he has worked vintages in eight different regions across […]

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Best Wine for Canada Day? Blockbuster Bottles for Backyard BBQ

Our Canada Day BBQ party on the studio patio of Canada AM this morning was a blast! We revealed the winners of The Great Canadian Wine Match: BBQ Edition, as well as delicious food pairings. (Click on the arrow to play the video above as well as on the one below for the second video.) We had such fun out there … I could have lolled on the patio all day, especially with those wonderful wines! Please congratulate the finalists by clicking on the social media buttons for each wine – the script and links are already there for you, […]

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Canada Day Wines

Introduction In honour of Canada Day on July 1st, we’re doing a deep dive into Canadian wine, including some colourful history and surprising facts that you can drop casually at your barbecue gathering as you crack open a bottle. From the zoological phase of the 70s and 80s to award-winning, delicious modern wines, Canada now stands with the best of the best on the world’s wine stage. So what do Canadian wine regions have to offer visitors? Why do Canadian wines make up only 1/3 of the wine we buy in Canada? We’re also testing your vinous savvy with The […]

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Mouton Cadet Wine Tasting: A Storied Past with an Innovative Future

Mouton Cadet, the branded wines of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild company which also owns Château Mouton Rothschild, are wines almost every sommelier and wine enthusiast have experienced.   They’re a familiar sight as the more accessible representation and alter-ego to the heady and pricey older sibling. Having a chance to hear Ophelie Loubersac speak about the wines that she and and her team creates was fascinating. Imagine being the head of a commercial winery bearing the name of history’s most famous wine family; a staple since Bordeaux has had a reputation. You’re tasked with producing a consistent representation of Bordeaux […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings June 22

You can access the 131 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 June 8, 2019 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 […]

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Wine Scandals, Fakes and Forgery with Maureen Downey

Introduction In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Maureen Downey, a.k.a. the Wine Detective, about wine forgeries, fakes and scandals. You’ll learn tips on how to spot a fake wine based on the label and more. Enjoy!   Highlights Why did Maureen become interested in wine fraud? What role did Hardy Rodenstock play in Maureen’s journey as a wine fraud expert? What aspects of the wine does Maureen consider to determine its authenticity? How does Maureen use technology when testing a wine’s authenticity? Why are cosmetic fraud detection techniques insufficient? What are the issues associated […]

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This is Why Summer Wines are Different from Winter Wines (Video)

We has such fun chatting about spring and summer wines on CTV’s The Social yesterday!   Are the wines we drink in the winter that different from the ones we drink in the spring and summer? · Yes, most people’s drinking habits change with the seasons. · We typically drink heavy, alcoholic, heavily oaked wines in the winter because they comfort us and keep us warm. · “Drink what you like” remains in effect no matter the weather, but for most people, lighter drinking in the summer generally means more consumption of white wines.     LIGHT & COLD This […]

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Father’s Day Wines

Introduction This Sunday is Father’s Day, so I’m going to get downright practical on this episode with some terrific gift wines suggestions that you can buy dear old dad. Now I recognize not everyone celebrates Father’s Day for various reasons. Mine was that my father was an alcoholic, and my mother left him when I was two years old. However, I had a wonderful grandfather and several other men in my life who were inspirational role models. I think of them on Father’s Day. So, how do you choose the perfect gift bottle? And is there such a thing as […]

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The Wine Bible with Karen MacNeil Video

The Wine Bible with Karen MacNeil In this live video chat with Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible which was recently rewritten for a second edition, we discuss: How did the Wine Bible get its name?How do you see women in the wine industry?Listen to her stories and experiences as we taste wines together.https://www.nataliemaclean.com/blog/videos/the-wine-bible-with-karen-macneil-video/Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next.https://www.nataliemaclean.com/blog/videos/ Posted by Natalie MacLean on Sunday, June 9, 2019 Our guest this evening is Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible! Note: The audio and visual are out of […]

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