Is Wine the Source of Civilization? Video Chat with John Mahoney

You won’t want to miss our live video chat with author John Mahoney! Join us Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 6 pm EDT right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the page above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. Listen to his stories and experiences as we taste wines together: Plus anything you want to ask John Mahoney. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next.   Wine: The Source of Civilization Man did not settle […]

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Dr. Gary Pickering’s Supertaster Wine Kit and Mouthfeel Wheel (Video)

You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Dr. Gary Pickering to discuss wine supertasters! Join us Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 6 pm EST right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the page above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. Listen to his stories and experiences as we taste wines together. Plus anything you want to ask Dr. Gary Pickering. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next.         Dr. […]

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A Detective Story in Search of Wine’s Mysterious Past (Video)

Our guest this evening is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow and former Associated Press Correspondent. He began investigating one particularly mysterious vineyard and then quickly found himself caught up in a viticultural detective story—complete with false leads, DNA evidence, and rare grapes hidden in remote valleys around the world. And he joins me live now from his home in Florida: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Kevin Begos! Note: YouTube has the audio and video out of sync. So either close your eyes and listen, or you can watch it on Facebook here. What drew you to this […]

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Why Do You Like the Wines You Do? Video

In their new book, Passion for Wine, our guests answer that tough question: “Why do I like certain wine styles and not others?” They do it through a simple, but brilliant “Spectrum of Style” and powerful infographics to help you understand this and other wine questions. Marnie Old is an award-winning writer and sommelier. Jean-Charles Boisset is the head of his family’s collection of world-respected wineries in both France and California. And they join me live now from the Buena Vista winery in Napa Valley: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Marnie and Jean-Charles! What was the trigger — the […]

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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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Food and Wine Books with Wines Matched for Gifts: CTV Video

Here’s part two of our conversation about books and bottles that you can give as holiday gifts. (You’ll find part one of our conversation here.) Do you have a favourite wine and word pairing? Do you belong to a book club that likes to crack open a bottle? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Gassier Sables D’azur Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France I love it! (I also just shouted that out the window to some surprised people on the sidewalk.) So very pretty with a basket of fresh field strawberries. Bask in the sun and pretend you are […]

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Errazuriz Wines: Chile’s Cool Climate Grapes Shine

This is the first in a series of team tastings by top reviewers in our community, most of whom are graduates of either the Algonquin College Sommelier Program or La Cite Collegiale Sommelier Program. They share with us their overall impressions from the tasting, as well as reviews of each of the wines presented. You’ll also find their reviews shared on Twitter and Facebook as they are all very active on social media. “The Errazuriz wine tasting at Daly’s restaurant in Ottawa on September 26th was an absolute treat. Francisco Baettig, head winemaker at Errazuriz, is a supremely knowledgeable and […]

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Gifts for Mother’s Day: Wine Trumps Flowers (and Tastes Better)

Last night, we were joined by special guest, guest winemaker, Allison Christ of Colio Estate Wines and her Mom, Nancy, to help us get ready for Mother’s Day with gift wines and brunches. Click the arrow on the video above to watch ​our chat. P.S. ​Want to know when we go live next Sunday with our special guest Richard Painter from New Zealand’s Te Awa winery? Tune in here for our Facebook Live Video Wine Tasting:  www.nataliemaclean.com/live P.S. Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this page to get notified when we go live.   You’ll find upcoming and […]

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Wine for Women: Bottle of the Sexes

I love tasting and writing with tongue in cheek. Here’s my column in More Magazine about so-called women’s wines. Personally, I can’t resist a pink label or cuddly squirrel. I guess I’m just at the mercy of those intrepid marketing teams … it’s like they read my mind after I had been drinking too much of Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz … More articles about women and wine. You go girl!

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Wine Tasting Hackathon: New Way of Social Wine Discovery

Our second team wine tasting yesterday felt like a family reunion. Sommeliers and wine bloggers from Toronto and Montreal flew or drove in to join those from the east to west ends of Ottawa. There was an instant camaraderie among those gathered here who recognized each other as fellow contributors to our online community. What I admire most about these reviewers is that although they have sterling wine credentials and training, they keep it real and conversational — with an effort to connect, not to impress. The tasting also struck me as the wine version of a hackathon. In the […]

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