How to Choose Wedding Wines and Gift Wines (Video)

‘Tis the season to get married or to celebrate an anniversary. If you’d like to give the happy bottle the gift of wine, how do you know which ones will age?   Here with her tips is Natalie MacLean who offers Canada’s most popular online wine pairing classes at nataliemaclean.com     Welcome, Natalie. First, let’s start with why wine makes a great wedding or anniversary gift?   Wine is an ideal gift because one-size fits all, doubles are okay and it’s easy to re-gift if you don’t like it. I’d rather have two of the same bottles of bubbly […]

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Wine Scores, Pairings and Writing with Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin

Introduction Why did I resist scoring wines for the first three years I wrote about them? How do you go from submitting an article to a local publication to publishing your first book? Why aren’t press trips to wine regions all they’re cracked up to be? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m being interviewed by Vanessa Conlin on the Wine Access Author Series. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights How did I go from writing an article for a local publication to publishing my first book? Why do stories make such a great medium […]

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You Say Tomato, I Say Wine: Let’s Pair Them All Off (Video)

On CTV News, we chat about pairing wine with tomatoes, from heirloom to vine-ripened varieties. In Ode to the Tomato, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda described them as “the stars of the earth” that are upon the table, belted by summer” and “grant us the festival of ardent color and all-embracing freshness.” Now is the time to indulge in tomatoes while they’re in season with their thin skins that slide off plump like silk lingerie and yield their juicy, chin-dripping pleasure—the opposite of those tired February pellets that taste like mid-winter despair.     Tomatoes hang heavy in our backyards and […]

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What’s the Right Temperature for Your Wine? (Video)

Part of relaxing at the cottage is often enjoying a glass of wine on the deck or the dock, but which wines, and how do we keep them cool when temperature soars? That’s what we chat about on Global Television’s Morning Show.     Let’s start with the sparkling wines you’ve selected for us. Tell us about them. Nothing’s more refreshing than a glass of bubbles in the summer heat. However, when you’re at the cottage, you’re not going to crack open a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne. You want something affordable and delicious. That’s why I’ve picked Relax bubbly […]

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Stories Behind Family-Owned Canadian Wineries (Video)

  Welcome back. The long weekend is almost here and if you’re looking for vino to sip on, our next guest has you covered with her amazing recommendations! Here to highlight some family-owned vineyards from across the country is Natalie MacLean, who offers Canada’s most popular online wine classes. Hi Natalie! Natalie, we love getting your wonderful wine recommendations but before we get to talking about the specific vineyards you’re going to highlight today, can you tell us a bit about the wine production in Canada? • There are four major regions in Canada that produce wines made from grapes: […]

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Pairing Quebec and Nova Scotia Wine with Books (Video)

We’re back with more Canadian books and bottles to help you celebrate your long weekend. Natalie, you’re starting with Quebec. What do you recommend?   I have a zesty sparkling wine from Domaine Pelchat in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, with aromas of freshly baked bread and green apples. Domaine Pelchat Lemaître-Auger La Noce Sparkling Wine Quebec, Canada It would pair well with shellfish, spicy dishes and La Belle Bête (Mad Shadows), written by Marie-Claire Blais when she was just twenty years old.         It was a sparkling debut. Published in 1959, it’s become a classic of Québec literature, […]

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Pairing Canadian Wine with Salmon, Crab, Lobster (Video)

The long weekend is coming up, and you might be celebrating with a glass of Canadian wine or two, but what should you pair with your vino? Here with her tips is Natalie MacLean, who offers Canada’s most popular online wine classes at nataliemaclean.com   So we’re going to start on the west coast Natalie. What do you recommend? We’ll start with this lovely, zesty Sauvignon Blanc from Red Rooster Winery, nestled high above Okanagan Lake on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. It has crisp, fresh aromas of lime zest and lemon sunshine.         Red […]

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Online Courses, Canadian Wine & Weird Pairings with Susie Barrie

Introduction What’s my advice for those considering a wine career? How did my biggest career regret happen before I became a wine writer? How has my father’s alcoholism influenced my relationship with wine? How has the pandemic impacted online wine classes? Can you pair ketchup chips with wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m sharing my interview on the Wine Blast podcast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights Why does Rhône Syrah hold a special place in my memories? What’s my advice for people considering a wine career? How did […]

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A Day in the Life of Clos du Bois: Photo Essay

  Taking our inspiration from photo essays and books that focus on one topic for a day, we’ve assembled our pictorial interpretation of California’s Clos du Bois Chardonnay.   We’re also sharing these photos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn. The hashtag is #WineFashion  and @ClosduBois   Designer Mara Hoffman designed the the wine case and umbrella for Clos du Bois.         When fashion, fall colours and wine come together, it’s a beautiful thing.         Heather WallWine Columnist, Huffington Post Canada           Heather’s favourite boots above and below, […]

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Weird Wine & Food Pairings that Work with the Vine Guy

Introduction Which weird food and wine pairings should you add to your must-try list? What makes wines from Oregon and California’s Sierra Foothills special? How can you make sure to do well at a wine auction? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Scott Greenberg, host of both “The Vine Guy” podcast and the “Wine of the Week” show on WTOP radio in Washington, DC. 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 […]

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