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Dear Natalie, July 22, 2011

Today's top picks: big Italian red wines, cool-climate chardonnays from Tasmania and Burgundy, Niagara Merlot, Okanagan Syrah, dry, crisp rosé, and Australian shiraz and cabernet. Here's to sunny afternoons and warm evenings with glass in hand.

We've just launched version 2.2 of the free iPhone and iPod Touch mobile app: more wines and pairings, plus a bug fix for the bar code scanner. Let me know what you think. 

Check out the blog for three new stellar contributors: Tyler Philp, Pat Anderson and Shari Goodman. They're contributing some fantastic tips on enjoying wine as well as delicious pairings and recipes.

Wines of the Week
Here are my top wine picks for July 23. Aside from the highlights above, there's a terrific floral white from Alamos, Argentina; a zesty Sauvignon Blanc from Sileni, New Zealand; and Concho y Toro's Trio blend of Merlot, Carmenere and Cabernet from Chile is terrific. More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
Here's a wonderful recipe for Lemon Sponge Cake, Lemon Curd and Raspberry Ice Cream by Shari Goodman. She's paired it beautifully with a zesty Italian Prosecco. More »

Wine Tip of the Week
If you're traveling this summer, you might find these tips on airline wine from the Globe & Mail helpful. Don't despair when you're in the air: stick with the juicy, fruity wines ... More »

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