Santa Maria BBQ & Wines + Can You Earn a Living as a Wine Writer?

Introduction Why is Santa Maria BBQ different from other types and which wines pair well with it? What does it take to earn a living as a full-time wine writer? Why does grammar really matter? Why is passion not enough? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Jaime Lewis, a fabulous food and wine writer, journalism professor and host of her own podcast, CONSUMED. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Join me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube Live Video Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wednesday at 7 pm eastern on Instagram […]

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10 Best Syrah Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Syrah

  Today, February 16th is International Syrah Day  #internationalsyrahday #syrahday Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape grown throughout the world, used primarily in the production of red wine. Syrah is one of the most noble and most fashionable red wine grapes in the world. You’ll find my Top 10 Syrah reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Syrah: 1. In 2004, Syrah was the 7th most planted varietal in the world. Today it is estimated that Syrah is now 5th most planted wine grape in the world. 2. Syrah has a long history in the Southern Rhone region of […]

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Wine’s Buzz, Italy’s Food Culture and Audrey Hepburn’s Influence with Jaime Lewis

Introduction Why does a lot of writing about wine ignore the alcoholic buzz? How did Audrey Hepburn kick start our guest’s relationship with wine? What effect can pregnancy have on your palate? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with journalist and podcaster, Jaime Lewis. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Join me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube Live Video Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wednesday at 7 pm eastern on Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video. I’ll be jumping into the comments as we watch it […]

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Pairing Romantic Movies and Wine for Valentine’s Day

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about pairing wine with romantic movies for Valentine’s Day. Got a favourite that we didn’t include?   Pairing Romantic Movies and Wine for Valentine’s Day   Michael: As we look ahead to Valentine’s Day you may be interested in some wine pairings. Leanne Cusack and a very special guest aren’t suggesting pairings with food though, very interesting. Leanne: Not the typical at all, Michael. And not just wine and chocolate because Natalie MacLean, wine writer extraordinaire says, “Too ordinary for you right now”. Natalie: Exactly! Been there, done that. It’s time to pair wine with romantic movies […]

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The Wine in Our Stars: Pairing Wine and Your Astrological Sign

On CTV’s Your Morning we had fun chatting about pairing wine with your zodiac sign. At the beginning of every new year, we often see astrological forecasts for the major events that might happen or the people we’ll meet. Why pair wine with your astrological sign? Many of us sneak a peek at astrology columns when it comes to romantic or career possibilities, and each zodiac sign has its own birthstone and flower, and, so why not a signature wine? Whether or not you believe in astrology, I think it’s a fun way to explore wine. Suzette, I think we […]

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Holiday Hosting with Wines & Spirits (Video)

As the holidays approach, we look forward to entertaining friends and family. What’s a good drink to serve to guests when they arrive?   Well first, I think that nothing says celebration like a sparkling wine and the first one I’m going to recommend is a Quebec sparkler from Domaine de Lavoie.  An added bonus, this winery will ship directly to your home and it’s a great way to support local.           Domaine de Lavoie Brut Sparkling 2020 Monteregie, Quebec, Canada                   Flat Rock Twisted Sparkling 2020 Ontario […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Travel and Wine Writer’s Life with Celine Bossart

Introduction What would it be like to visit the most gorgeous wine regions around the world, and get paid to do it? How does the fast-paced schedule of a wine and travel writer impact physical and mental health? How can you pair sweet desserts with wine? What specific impact does sweetness in food have on wines? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with New York wine and spirits journalist, Céline Bossart. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Watch Party Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation […]

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Wines from Jon Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Kendall Jenner with Celine Bossart

Introduction Are you curious what it would be like to have lavish dinners and wine tastings with rockstars like Jon Bon Jovi and Fergie? How does music impact your perception of wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with New York wine and spirits journalist, Céline Bossart. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Watch Party Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation that I’ll be live-streaming for the very first time on Zoom on Wednesday, July 7th at 7 pm eastern. You can save your spot […]

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Wine’s Salad Daze: The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Vegetables

On CTV’s Your Morning Yesterday, the network’s national breakfast show, we paired wine with vegetables and spring produce. Click the video above to watch.                   Intro Pairing red wine with a steak is easy, but can you drink that same wine with fresh spring produce, like asparagus or artichokes? Here to tell us how to pair wine with veggies and salads is Natalie MacLean, the editor of Canada’s largest wine review site at nataliemaclean.com. Welcome Natalie Station 1 Host: Natalie, why are vegetables harder to pair with wine than say a steak? […]

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