Celebrate Malbec World Day with These Wines (Video)

Even before she graduated from South America’s most prestigious school of viticulture and enology Don Bosco, our guest this evening began working for the Catena Family wineries in Mendoza, Argentina. In 2010, she began making wine at Alamos before taking over as head of winemaking in 2016. She lives her her husband, who is also a winemaker, and four young daughters who are all growing up and working on their family vineyard as she did. And she joins me live now from the Alamos Winery, Argentina: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Marnie and Lucía Vaieretti! Want to know when […]

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The Shadow World of Wine Forgery (Video): In Vino Duplicitas by Pete Hellman

On last night’s Sunday Sipper Club at 6 pm eastern, we chatted about the shadowy world of wine forgery with New York Times journalist Pete Hellman! Why is wine such a popular target for fakes? Who are the criminals who forge these wines? How do you know you’re drinking a fake wine? Pete Hellman’s new book, In Vino Duplicatas, dives into the underworld of wine forgery in the best tradition of journalistic exposé and gripping storytelling: www.nataliemaclean.com/blog/videos/in-vino-duplicitas-pete-hellman-wine-forgery-video   Join us Sunday, March 25th 6:00 p.m. EST, for our video chat What’s New with California Wines, with author Marnie Old and […]

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Wine Tasting Event Brings Together Top Writers and Sommeliers

During our team tasting this past Sunday, our nation’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered to taste more than 70 wines throughout the day, with different members attending at different times. You’ll find all of our reviews, scores and tasting notes here. Many of these reviews are published in the magazines and newspapers to which our team contributes. Some members use this as an opportunity to find wines to feature on the television or radio segments. The LCBO also often uses the reviews posted here to publish in their LCBO Vintages Magazine. Our next team tastings will be May 6, […]

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Spring Wines for Fish, Shellfish and Seafood

CTV News anchor Natalie Piero and I chat about wines for spring, including those that pair well with both fish and shellfish, as well as those that drink well on their own as an aperitif. Spring Wines for Fish, Shellfish and Seafood   Host: It’s the Natalie Show today ;)   Natalie: Easy to remember.   Host: Spring is here finally!   Natalie: Yes!   Host: And Natalie MacLean is here to talk about some of the spring wines.   Natalie: Absolutely!   Host: You change what you drink depending on the weather?   Natalie: Yes, I do. Like winter wardrobe, get out of those heavy sweaters, get […]

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(Video) Should You Attend the Vancouver International Wine Festival?

Vancouver International Wine Festival Our guests this evening are Monique Sousa, Wine Columnist, Ottawa Family Living and Luxe Magazines and Jon Steeves, co-owner of Bespoke Tasting, Certified Sommelier, and an Executive Coach … and they join me now live from my home in Ottawa: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Monique and Jon! P.S. Tune in here for our next Live Video Wine Tasting: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and Twitter Live Video via Periscope. If […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 17

You can access the 122 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for March 3. 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 […]

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Video: Where are We Now with Women and Wine?

  Our guest this evening is Cathy Huyghe, Wine Columnist, Forbes Magazine, discusses marketing wine to women, mistaken stereotypes about women’s purchase and drinking behaviour, and women in the industry. … and she joins me now live from New York City: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Cathy Huyghe! P.S. Tune in here for our next Live Video Wine Tasting: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. We’ll be simultaneously broadcasting on Facebook Live, YouTube Live Stream and Twitter Live Video via Periscope. Watch previous episodes of the […]

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Pairing Wine with Oscar Party Snacks and Movies

On Global’s Morning Show yesterday, we paired wines with Oscar-worthy snacks from Cibo Wine Bar as well as former winners of the Best Picture Award. Here are my Top 20 Oscar Wines showing your which liquor stores have them in stock now … enjoy! Titantic 1997 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Grilled whole calamari, mixed greens, diced tomatoes extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice   The Sting Wolf Blass The Entertainer AMERICANA Pizza Tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom, green peppers           The Godfather Gabbiano Chianti CHIANTI BRAISED SHORT RIBS 10oz porcini crusted beef short ribs, gorgonzola polenta, crispy onions […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 3

You can access the 100 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for February 17. 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 […]

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Video: What Should You Ask a Sommelier?

Our guest this evening has been an active member of the Canadian wine industry for 17 years, working with several high profile wine agencies. She holds an International Sommelier Diploma and has taught wine courses to hundreds of students. She is also the new BC president of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). And she joins me live now from her home in Vancouver: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Lesley Brown!   Want to know when we go live? Click on “Get Reminder” on the page below: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on “Get Notified” at the link above to know […]

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