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Spring Wines for Fish, Shellfish and Seafood

Natalie Decants - April 4, 2020 - 11:13am

CTV News anchor Natalie Piero and I chat about wines for spring, including those that pair well with both fish and shellfish, as well as those that drink well on their own as an aperitif. Spring Wines for Fish, Shellfish and Seafood Host: It’s the Natalie Show today ;) Natalie: Easy to remember. Host: Spring is here finally! Natalie: Yes! Host: And Natalie MacLean is here to talk about some of the spring wines. Natalie: Absolutely! Host: You change what you drink depending on the weather? Natalie: Yes, I do. Like winter wardrobe, get out of those heavy sweaters, get into something lighter, more comfortable. You’ll notice which […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings April 4

Natalie Decants - April 1, 2020 - 4:17pm

You can access the 125 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for March 21. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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Frog’s Leap Winemaker John Williams Shares Witty & Wise Stories

Natalie Decants - April 1, 2020 - 2:58am

Introduction Do all wines taste better with time? What similarities are there between winemaking and cheese-making? Why is Zinfandel your perfect summer drink? How does dry farming impact the flavour of wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with one of the wittiest, smartest winemakers, John Williams, winemaker and owner at Frog’s Leap Winery, about the unique benefits of organic winemaking and dry farming. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What makes Napa Valley such a diverse region despite its small geographical area? Why should you visit Rutherford in the Napa […]

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Natural Born Beauty in a Bottle: Wachau Wine

Natalie Decants - March 31, 2020 - 8:34am

By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm One of the most wonderful aspects of wine is that it allows us to travel the world without leaving home. From anywhere in the world, we can taste the terroir of Bordeaux, Sonoma, or the Mosel, especially when we successfully pair the cuisine of a particular region with its wine. But can we truly grasp the complexity of a wine and its terroir without actually going there, without touching the land, breathing the air and getting to know the regions’ style, tradition, and philosophy? At the risk of coming off as elitist, I […]

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Sparkling Spring Cocktails with Luc Belaire, France

Natalie Decants - March 25, 2020 - 9:05am

At our Maison, established in 1898, sixth-generation winemakers oversee production of each bottle of Luc Belaire, ensuring that the perfect balance is realized in each bottling, and creating the elegant, refreshing blend characteristic of our house. Each expression in our range exemplifies the best of French wine tradition: our Rare Rosé and Luxe Rosé, from the heart of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, are native to the most famous rosé winemaking region in the world. Our Luxe and Gold cuvées are made in Burgundy, one of the world’s most celebrated and historic wine terroirs. The Belaire range combines grapes of rare quality with […]

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How is the Coronavirus Impacting Wineries and Wine Lovers?

Natalie Decants - March 25, 2020 - 2:58am

Introduction Should you hold firm to plans for travelling to wine regions in the near future? How are winery visits being impacted by the threat of COVID-19? Can you still attend major wine events during the coronavirus pandemic? How can you take advantage of online classes to continue to enjoy wine tasting experiences? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re talking about how wineries and restaurants have been impacted by the Coronavirus, and what we can do to support them and still maintain our safety and health. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights How can […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 21

Natalie Decants - March 21, 2020 - 6:29am

You can access the 124 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for March 7 These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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Pairing Spicy Dishes & Wines with Vikram Vij and Sean Nelson

Natalie Decants - March 18, 2020 - 2:58am

Introduction How sparkling wine spice up your menu? What complementary taste rule can you use to pair your food with wine? Which wines should you never pair with Indian food? Which red wine should be at the top of your list for pairing with spicy food? Does ambiance affect your wine tasting experience? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, Celebrity chef and author Vikram Vij and Head Sommelier Sean Nelson share their insider tips and tricks to help you pair wine with spicy, complex food like a pro. You can find the wines we discussed here.   […]

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Can You Guess This Wine’s Price? (Video)

Natalie Decants - March 16, 2020 - 8:33am

On Global Television’s Morning Show, we chat about whether you judge a bottle of wine by its label, or at least, by its price? Does an expensive wine guarantee you a better one? We play a fun game. The hosts taste two wines and try to guess which wine they think is more expensive of the two. I share some details about the two wines as hints ;) Can you guess which wine is pricier before the hosts do? Play the game with us!             Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy Vines […]

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How is the Coronavirus Impacting Wineries, Restaurants and Wine Drinkers? (Video)

Natalie Decants - March 14, 2020 - 9:59am

After you click on the arrow above to play the video, move the player control along the bottom to the 1 minute and 30 second mark as the first part is checking to see if the tech gods are playing nice and the video is working ;)   How the Coronavirus is affecting the wine and restaurant industries? I want to know if you’re changing your wine buying or dining out habits? Are you still traveling to wine regions or attending wine events? Let’s talk. Pour yourself a glass of wine, relax and chat with me. You can also join […]

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Become a Better Wine Taster with Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert

Natalie Decants - March 11, 2020 - 2:58am

Introduction What’s the one thing you can do when visiting wine regions to make it your best trip ever? How can yoga help you become a better wine taster? How do you calibrate your palate and why should you do it? What’s it like competing in the World’s Best Sommelier Competition? How can you develop your wine tasting vocabulary? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert shares tips on how you can become a better wine taster. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights Why does competing make you a better […]

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Why Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of Red Wines (Video)

Natalie Decants - March 10, 2020 - 10:51am

On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about the colourful history of the king of red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine and most planted on the planet — it’s the OG (original gangster) of wines, so to speak. In 1997, UC Davis researched revealed its parents: the white grape Sauvignon Blanc and the red grape Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is thinner skinned and early ripening than Cabernet Sauvignon.             Stave & Steel Canadian Whisky Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 California, United States   Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, tannic, sauvignon means […]

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The Gorgeous Greek Grape and Wine Moschofilero (Video)

Natalie Decants - March 9, 2020 - 12:40pm

On CTV news this past Friday, Leanne and I chatted about the lovely, floral white wine from Greece, Moschofilero Moschofilero is pronounced mos-coh-FEE-ler-oh. It’s underappreciated with its easygoing elegance, food versatility and great value.     It’s planted mostly in the high, misty mountains of Mantinia Greece near Tripoli. This ancient grape is native to Greece, and often vines are planted more than 2,000 feet above sea level, where the weather changes quickly and there are large dirunal temperature changes from day to night. This is a late-ripening, fickle grape but one worth looking for.           […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings March 7

Natalie Decants - March 5, 2020 - 10:17am

You can access the 101 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for February 22 These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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Angelina Jolie Wines with Winemaking Consultant Clark Smith

Natalie Decants - March 4, 2020 - 3:58am

Introduction Why would you want to challenge a young wine with oxygen? Why don’t you hear many technical conversations around wine? How can movie genres help you understand a winemaker’s intentions? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Clark Smith, winemaker for his own WineSmith label and several other brands, consulting winemaker, author, inventor, musician, and professor to the wine industry throughout the globe. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What is the $50,000 winery phenomenon? Why shouldn’t you think of wine as a “chemical solution”? Why would you want to […]

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Video: Wine Supertasters, Vinotype Quiz and Your Taste in Wine?

Natalie Decants - February 28, 2020 - 8:04am

On CTV’s The Social yesterday, we chatted about how to find your Vinotype, or taste in wine. Click the arrow above to play the video. We also discussed what a Supertaster is: “Someone who lives in a neon taste world,” according to researcher Linda Bartoshuk, “whose taste sensations are roughly three times as intense to them as non-tasters.” I’ve also heard compared to having 500 fingers rather than 10. So yes, I was tested, did the blue dye tongue test and measurements with Tim Hanni in California (see our video chat below). You can take Tim’s quiz to find your vinotype […]

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Wine Industry Faces Digital Darwinism with Futurist Paul Mabray

Natalie Decants - February 26, 2020 - 3:58am

Introduction How is the wine industry embracing the digital world? What role do influencers play in wine marketing? What can you do to increase engagement and build deeper connections with customers? Why has the wine industry been so resistant to adapt to the digital age? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Paul Mabray, a wine unicorn and digital futurist who has created and led companies that have transformed the wine industry through the strategic and visionary use of technology. You can find the wines we discussed here. Enjoy!   Highlights How is the wine […]

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Vine Oscars: Celebrity Wines to Sip During the Show

Natalie Decants - February 21, 2020 - 6:49am

By Natalie MacLean On CTV’s The Social, we we chat about winemaking movie stars … can you guess who made which wine? When I think of the Oscars, I think wine. Why? For many film industry luminaries, conspicuous consumption such as owning a yacht or even a restaurant is so 2019. These days, if you really want to show some class, you own a winery. There’s no better photo opp than one with you and your trophy wife or boy toy pruning the vines or pressing the grapes.       That’s why movie actors, directors and producers are getting […]

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Money, Taste and Wine with Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist

Natalie Decants - February 19, 2020 - 3:58am

Introduction Does price affect your perception of a wine’s quality? What would it be like to travel around the world in pursuit of eighty wines? Why does the wide variety of wine negatively affect your buying choices? How can you identify value wines? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist, award-winning author and professor emeritus of the University of Tacoma at Puget Sound in Washington, where he taught international political economy. You can find the wines we discussed here.   Highlights What is the role of economics in the business […]

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Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings February 22

Natalie Decants - February 18, 2020 - 4:38pm

You can access the 87 wines that I reviewed as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. You can also see my wine reviews for February 8 These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the […]

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