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Dear Natalie, August 5, 2011

Don't you love these long days of summer when you can sit with a good glass in hand and a thick book in the other? And no one can tell if your eyes are closed behind those sunglasses...

Among my best wine picks there are some incredibly delicious and well-priced carmenere, syrah, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc from Chile as well as some stunning chardonnay and cabernet/merlot blends from BC. 

Wondering which wines pair well with fresh summer seafood? Try the Drinks Matcher with 123 seafood dishes, each paired with a variety of wines in stores now.

My heartfelt thanks to Holly Bruns, Ottawa, and Peter Vetsch, Calgary, our featured wine bloggers last week who, between them, contributed more than 150 new wine reviews to the site.

I'd also like to give a warm welcome to this week's new featured bloggers: Vera Czerny, Vernon, and Gary Killops, Kingsville. They've already posted 106 reviews: check them out!

Wines of the Week
Here are my top wine picks for August 6. In addition to the highlights mentioned above, there's a wonderfully refreshing white from Niagara and some full-bodied, beautifully made reds from the Rhone Valley, France and California. Here are all of my reviews .... More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
Here's a terrific recipe for vichyssoise, a cool summer soup with fresh market greens, garlic scapes and new potatoes from Pat Anderson. She's paired it beautifully with pinot grigio, riesling or sake... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
I had fun pairing wine with different stages of a relationship for Curve Magazine. From heartbreak to courtship, there's a perfect wine for every moment ... More »

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