Huffington Post Wine Column

I’m excited to be starting a new weekly wine column for the Huffington Post. This online newspaper has a broad reach and so it’ll be great to share my passion for the grape with new readers. Let me know if you have suggestions for future columns. Here’s the second one … Here’s the full text of the article… Top 5 Wine & Book Pairings for the Holidays By Natalie MacLean I’m already savouring the books I plan to dive into this holiday season as much as the wines I’ll enjoy. Just for fun, I’ve paired some of this season’s bestsellers […]

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Best Food (and Wine) Writing Story Collection

The editor of the annual anthology Best Food Writing got in touch yesterday to say that an excerpt from Unquenchable will be published in this year’s edition. The book collects the best food (and occasionally wine) writing of the year from magazines and books, such as Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential), Ruth Reichl (Gourmet Magazine), Gabrielle Hamilton (Blood, Bones & Butter), Frank Bruni (New York Times), Alan Richman (GQ), Madhur Jaffrey (Indian Cooking), and Colman Andrews (Saveur). It also includes food-related writing from “non-food” writers such as Calvin Trillin (New Yorker), Michael Lewis (Moneyball, Liar’s Poker) and Barbara Kingsolver (Poisonwood Bible). If […]

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Wine Price and Quality Aren’t Always Directly Related – Business Insider

Weekend Inspiration: Good Wine on the Cheap This week I settled down with a cheap glass of Riesling to read Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines. Almost immediately I learned that in 1775, Thomas Jefferson declared Riesling the “best breakfast wine.” Looks like I’m off to a great start. Unquenchable is written by Natalie MacLean, the wine writer I noted in an earlier post about conquering a niche. (Quick summary: She was strolling through a grocery store in a postpartum sleep-deprived haze when she noticed a food magazine that lacked good wine content. The extent of […]

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Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2008

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2008 Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2008 is an invaluable book to have when you want to know when your wine is prime for drinking. This book notes the peak drinking years for most of the world’s cellar-worthy wines and it’s a handy guide to keep in your pocket, whether you’re in the liquor store or your cellar. Buy it from Amazon Canada: CDN $17.95 Buy it from Chapters/Indigo Canada: CDN $17.95 Buy it from Amazon U.S.: US $14.95 Buy it from Barnes & Noble: 14.95

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Will Write for Food

Will Write for Food by Dianne Jacob The best guide to food (and by extension wine) writing yet. Jacob is clear, insightful and practical with her advice. This is a must-buy for anyone thinking of a career in wine and food writing, as well as for those already practicing the craft. Buy it from Amazon Canada: CDN $17.20 Buy it from Chapters/Indigo Canada: CDN $16.34 Buy it from Amazon U.S.: CDN $10.85 Buy it from Barnes & Noble: CDN $15.95

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The Cocktail Chef

The Cocktail Chef Dinah Koo, Janice Poon, and John Szabo This is an excellent resource for entertaining recipes. John Szabo, Canada’s first Master Sommelier, earned the title from the internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004. Buy it from Amazon Canada: CDN $22.05 Buy it from Chapters/Indigo Canada: CDN $21.95 Buy it from Amazon U.S.: US $22.76 Buy it from Barnes & Noble: US $23.96

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The Greek for Love

The Greek for Love by James Chatto Not really a food book, though the passages about food are among the best there are in that genre. This travel memoir from from one of my favorite writers will entrance you with its lyricism and break your heart with its ending. Buy it from Amazon Canada: CDN $15.96 Buy it from Chapters/Indigo Canada: CDN $19.95 Buy it from Amazon U.S.: US $23.95 Buy it from Barnes & Noble: US $21.51

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