Wine and Cheese Pairings to Celebrate the Holidays with Janet Fletcher

Introduction Should you try a cheese-only cheese course? Why are cheese and bread not necessarily great matches for cheese? Which underappreciated wine and cheese pairing should you try today? How does sparkling wine stack up with your favourite cheeses? Have you been serving cheeses the wrong way? Should you eat the rinds on cheeses? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with award-winning journalist and author, Janet Fletcher. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What shift can you see in the restaurant industry’s approach to serving cheese? Which mindset shift did Janet […]

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Taco Bell’s New Jalapeño Noir Wine: Should You Try It?

Introduction Taco Bell just launched its first wine called Jalapeño Noir, a Pinot Noir, get it? Is the wine any good? Should you try it? Does it pair well with tacos? What will surprise you about making the wine, especially the winery that made it? What was the stealth marketing plan behind the launch? What’s next, Big Macs and Bordeaux? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m going solo to do a live taste test for you. You can find the Jalapeno Noir wine here.   Highlights How well did Taco Bell’s new Jalapeño Noir wine perform […]

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Which Wine Pairs Best with Blue Cheese? Janice Beaton Makes the Match

Introduction Why are wine and cheese your best bets when entertaining? If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, where do you start to acquire a taste for it? How is blue cheese made? Can blue cheese actually have no blue colour? Where should you take a wine-and-cheese themed vacation? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Janice Beaton, owner of Janice Beaton Fine Cheese which was known as Calgary’s best place to buy artisanal, fresh-cut cheeses from around the world. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights Why are wine and […]

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Which Cheeses Go Well With Wine? Janice Beaton Shares Pairings

Introduction Why does cheese, like wine, spark obsession? Why do certain wines and cheeses have a similar flavour profile? What makes Canadian cheeses unique? Do different types of cows’ milk produce different flavours in cheese? How do you pair goat cheeses with wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Janice Beaton, owner of Janice Beaton Fine Cheese which was known as Calgary’s best place to buy artisanal, fresh-cut cheeses from around the world. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights How did Janice develop her passion for cheese? What is it […]

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Pairing Wine and Cheese Pairings Like a Pro with Laura Werlin

Introduction What should you consider when pairing wine and cheese? Why is sparkling wine the perfect pairing for many cheeses? Are there red-flag flavours that signal a bad wine and cheese match? How can you develop your wine and cheese pairing palate? What can you do to make the most of your cheese and wine course when entertaining? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with James Beard award-winning author, Laura Werlin, one of the planet’s most authoritative writers on cheese and cheese and wine pairings. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights […]

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Tasting Wine Like a Detective with Ontario’s Best Sommelier Emily Pearce-Bibona

Introduction What does it take to win Ontario’s Best Sommelier competition? What’s it like performing in front of a set of very stern-eyed wine judges and a live audience? What is the smartest question you can ask your sommelier in a restaurant? What is the deductive tasting technique and how can it help you drink better wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Emily Pearce-Bibona, Certified Sommelier and founder of Femmes du Vins. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights How did Emily go from government employee to sommelier? What’s aspects of wine are […]

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Smashed Raspberry and Feta Salad with Slow Press Chardonnay

Smashed Raspberry and Feta Salad Cue your tastebuds…Slow Press Chardonnay wine creates an entrée salad, as beautiful as summer itself. Sweet & tender leaves of butter lettuce are tossed with Slow Press Chardonnay Wine Raspberry Mustard Dressing (Chardonnay, olive oil, grain mustard, fresh smashed raspberries, honey, seasonings), ribbons of sugar snap peas, fennel, matchstick carrots, salted sunflower kernels, sweet bites of fresh (raw) golden corn and creamy feta. Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Portions: 1 salad Serving Size: 4 servings Ingredients: ¼ C + 1 Tbsp – Slow Press Chardonnay wine¾ C – extra virgin olive oil14 each – raspberries, fresh, […]

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Bold & Savoury Cheese Plate with Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

Send out the group text and open a bottle of Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon, this assortment of bold and savory snacks are sure to be a crowd pleaser. A little something for everyone, this Cabernet Sauvignon inspired combo of aged Gouda and sharp white cheddar is balanced with briny olives and sliced salami. Finish the evening with a sweet treat of fresh strawberries and decadent dark chocolate truffles. Prep Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 wedge aged Gouda1 wedge Pecorino sheep’s milk1 block aged white cheddar½ cup Castelvetrano olives¾ lb. thinly sliced salami1 cup roasted walnuts½ cup tomato chutneyfresh strawberriesdark chocolate […]

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Why Sommeliers Love Austrian Gruner Veltliner with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl

Introduction Would you like to learn more about Austrian wines, especially its iconic grape, Gruner Veltliner? Do you know why this wine is one of the most versatile wines on the planet?  Why should an Austrian Heuriger be on your must-visit list? Which Austrian red wine should you try next? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl who is in charge of business administration and marketing at her family’s winery, Weingut Pfaffl. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights How did the Pfaffl grow from a small farm to […]

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The Use (and Abuse) of Wine Scores with Vino Mike and Pete on That Wine Pod

Introduction How does the 100 point scale make wine scores easier for you to interpret? How can you drink better wines by finding a wine critic whose style you like? How does grade inflation affect you as a wine lover? Why is taking an online wine course often better than an in-person course? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m sharing a conversation I originally had with Pete & Vino Mike on their podcast, That Wine Pod. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What’s my take on the best wine? Why should you […]

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