Editor’s Note: I’ve been writing about volcanic wines since my second book, Unquenchable, was published with Random House in 2011. My fascination with them continues. I expected something a little more dramatic: the sizzle of a lava river oozing down the volcano, the rumble of the earth as it split between my feet, the screams of villagers running for their lives. Instead, all I hear are the clicks of tourist cameras as we look up at Mount Etna, its white tip puffing peacefully against the blue sky. “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen […]
Fennel, Melon and Feta Salad There’s something magical about the month of June. Maybe it’s that flowers are in full blossom, or maybe it’s that you can finally go outside without wearing a jacket. Whatever it is, I love it and make the most of summer by lounging outside, lightly snacking on some savoury Canadian Cheese, armed with a glass of white wine. This Fennel-Melon and Feta salad was practically made for a day spent relaxing on the patio. The ingredients are really simple and I recommend shopping for them at local farmers markets that crop up during this time […]
Summer Vegetable and Balderson Cheddar Cheese Tart Pair this delicious recipe with Featherstone Winery Cabernet Franc 2013 Ingredients: 1/3 cup [75 mL] Lactantia Butter melted, divided 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 cup [250 mL] chopped asparagus 3 plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped 2 cups [500 mL] chopped spinach 2 tbsp [30 mL] chopped basil 6 sheets thawed phyllo dough 2 tbsp [30 mL] honey mustard 2 cups [500 mL] grated Balderson Heritage Cheddar Cheese 1 cup [250 mL] Lactantia 10% Table Cream 4 eggs, beaten Preparation: In fry pan over medium heat cook green onions in 2 tbsp [30 […]
At last, wine web videos that actually blend humour and personality. The online series Plonk crushes tired old wine talk, yet slyly mixes in wine education without a bitter after taste. The creators of Plonk get it: you can’t begin to educate without entertaining … first, foremost, forever. My thanks to the intrepid Beppi Crosariol for featuring the series in his Globe and Mail wine column yesterday. It deserves the attention, and is certainly getting it with 88,000 views and climbing quickly. Now that’s viral. My favourite scene is in episode four when Chris, the host, gets Rocky-style training on […]
CJAD, Montreal’s most popular talk radio station, featured The Great Canadian Wine & Cheese Match yesterday. You can listen to the clip above by clicking on the arrow. Winners and runners up will also be announced on Global Television and CTV News in June. You still have time to nominate and/or vote for your favourite Canadian wines to pair with Canadian cheeses. If you do, you could also win one of three Balderson Cheddar Cheese and Gourmet Gift Baskets, each worth $500.
Here’s a list of Canadian cheese retailers from coast to coast, including several that operate online and will ship to you directly. All of them have a terrific selection of both Canadian and international cheeses. Also included here are gourmet food shops and grocery stores that have a strong selection of cheeses. Got a cheese shop to recommend? Let me know at natdecants @ nataliemaclean.com Online Cheese Retailers Cheese2Go Cheesy Place Taste of Cheese British Columbia Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Kerrisdale, Cambie Village and Granville Island Charelli’s Cheese Shop, Victoria Dussa’s Ham and Cheese, Granville Island La Grotta Del Formaggio, Vancouver, […]
In 2013, we launched the first People’s Choice Wine Awards with The Great Candian Wine Match. Thousands of wine lovers from coast to coast (and around the planet) voted for their favourite Canadian wines online and via social media. This friendly (and increasingly social ;) competition brought wine drinkers and winemakers together to celebrate the best of what we produce in this country, and garnered considerable media recognition for both nominees and winners. Last year, we hosted The Great Canadian Wine & BBQ Match, firing up competitive juices for our reds and whites. We’re building on that success this year […]
Get tips on pairing Canadian wine and cheddar cheese and where you can buy them from Canadian cheese shops. Here’s how to store and serve Canadian cheddar cheese. Find Canadian cheeses in this searchable directory by province or by cheese producer, as well as a complete list of Canadian cheeses. When you nominate or vote for a wine, click on the wine bottle. Then on the wine review page, just click on this link beside the larger wine bottle: “Add My Review” Please share a few thoughts on why you like this wine and cheese combo. You don’t have to […]
When you nominate and/or vote for wines in The Great Canadian Wine & Cheese Match, you’re eligible to win one of three deluxe Balderson Cheddar Cheese gift baskets. The baskets are filled with Balderson fine cheddars as well as by a variety of gourmet foods such as crackers, homemade Mennonite jams and jellies, delicious gourmet village chutneys and toppings, fine chocolate treats and premium gourmet teas and coffee. There’s also a gift certificate for another $250 of Balderson cheeses that you can use throughout the year. Start voting now to win!
Get tips on pairing Canadian wine and goat cheese, also known by its French name chèvre, and where you can buy them in Canadian cheese shops. Find Canadian cheeses in this searchable directory by province or by cheese producer, as well as a complete list of Canadian cheeses. When you nominate or vote for a wine, click on the wine bottle. Then on the wine review page, just click on this link beside the larger wine bottle: “Add My Review” Please share a few thoughts on why you like this wine and cheese combo. You don’t have to be a wine […]