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Natalie MacLean

Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean, author of the bestseller Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, is editor of Canada’s largest wine site at www.nataliemaclean.com.
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Top 10 Wines to Give as Gifts

Looking for the perfect wine to give as a gift this year? You're in luck! When it comes to wine, one (bottle) size fits all, doubles of the same wine are just fine, and it's easy for the recipient to re-gift. Ideally you know the person's taste preferences: full-bodied or light, dry or sweet, New World or Old World? However, if you don't have any of that information, here are 10 great no-fail gift wines that you can give. Cheers!
12/15/2014 01:27 EST
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Top 10 Wines for Halloween

Ghouls just want to have fun, and when they do, they like to crack open a good wine (not just spirits). Try these ten wines to give yourself a treat on October 31.
10/31/2013 09:27 EDT

10 Wines For Thanksgiving

When it comes to turkey, you want a wine that's juicy and mouth-watering since the bird can be a little dry (at least, at our house, it is). You also want lots of berry flavour to mix and match with the side dishes, such as cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
10/11/2013 10:58 EDT

Top 10 California Cult Cabernets

California first built its reputation for wine on cabernet sauvignon. A number of these producers became cult classics, sought after before they were even bottled. Here are ten to try from some of the best sunshine state wineries.
10/04/2013 02:29 EDT

10 Wines to Celebrate the Canadian Harvest

As we approach the grape harvest in Canadian wine regions across the country, it's a great opportunity to try some of our best bottles. Here are 10 to get you thinking of those leafy vines and a weekend getaway.
09/16/2013 11:08 EDT

Top 10 Wines When You Want to Splurge

We all have to stick to a budget, even when it comes to wine. However, there are occasions, such as birthdays and holidays, when we're willing to spend more. Here are my top ten wines for when you want to splurge.
09/06/2013 04:41 EDT

10 Best Wines for Labour Day

You've worked hard and it's time to relax with good wine. Treat yourself this long weekend with the wines below that work well beside the barbecue or on the dock.
08/29/2013 12:11 EDT

Top 10 Wines that Taste Twice as Expensive as They Cost

I'm always searching for wine bargains: wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost. Call it the thrill of the hunt, much like discovering a Versace designer dress marked down to 10% of its original price in a discount warehouse. (Though I'm not sure that I could afford the dress even at that price.) Here are 10 fabulous wines that deliver on value big time.
08/16/2013 03:41 EDT

10 Best Wines to Celebrate The July 4th Long Weekend

Here's a nod to our southern neighbours with 10 great American-made wines to celebrate the July 4th. long weekend. They're all terrific with barbecued fare or try the lighter whites with fresh seafood.
07/05/2013 11:44 EDT
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10 Of The Best Wines For Canada Day

It's time to bring out the reds and whites for Canada Day. Canadian wines themselves are a reason to celebrate July 1 - you no longer have to be a diehard patriot to drink them. These wines stand tall and free on their own. Pair them with grilled meats, fresh seafood and other Canada Day treats.
06/27/2013 12:50 EDT

Wines for Summer Solstice

June 21 is the official start of summer - summer solstice -- and also the longest day of the year. My grandfather used to joke that the days would be getting shorter now. I don't mind that as long as I have some terrific wines to toast summer evenings. Here are 10 to try.
06/21/2013 12:03 EDT

Top 10 Wines For Father's Day

This Sunday, treat Dad to a special wine, whether it's a zesty, refreshing white to start or paired with planked salmon, or a more robust red for grilled meats. Not only do these ten wines below make excellent pairings for whatever meal you have planned for Father's Day, they also make great gift bottles. Cheers Dad!
06/13/2013 01:23 EDT

The Six Best Food And Wine Pairings

The voting was fiercest just before midnight on June 1 when voting closed for The Great Canadian Wine Match, the first people's choice awards for Canadian wines. Thousands of wine lovers from coast to coast voted for the 279 wines nominated, with six Canadian wines emerging as victors
06/05/2013 05:39 EDT

Wines of the Week

This week, I'm focusing on the finalists for Canada's Best Wine with Beef in The Great Canadian Wine Match. These four hearty-full-bodied red wines and a vibrant, full-flavoured cider can muscle in beside grilled steaks, hamburgers and beef ribs. There are just 4 days left to vote for your favourite wine and food pairings in this competition. Enjoy!
05/28/2013 01:52 EDT

Wines of the Week

These five particular wines are all excellent matches to a wide variety of chicken dishes, from grilled chicken to roasted or fried. I've tried them all, and they're terrific! You can vote for your favourite wines until June 1 at the Best Canadian Chicken Wine. Cheers!
05/23/2013 11:10 EDT

Wines for Warmer Temperatures

The signs of spring include daffodils, migrating birds, soft rains and fresh wines in your glass. Some of the wines I've gathered together today are light and white, while others are more robust and red for the barbecue. As the temperature warms up and we start to cook outdoors more frequently, it's these lively reds and whites that do well when competing with the smoke of the grill and the smell of fresh cut grass.
05/03/2013 03:29 EDT

Wines of the Week: Light Spring Wines

April showers bring lighter wines and eventually, May flowers. Here are a number of terrific wines with zesty bright flavours for spring fare. They'll pair with salads, seafood shellfish and a wide variety of lighter dishes we enjoy in the spring. Enjoy!
04/19/2013 05:45 EDT
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Robust Red Wines for Meat Dishes

General wine wisdom often automatically pairs meat with red wine, and while that needn't always be the case, for the purposes of this week, it shall be. I've put together a list of eight wines that work wonderfully with whatever might be on your carnivorous menus -- and don't forget to save a glass for dessert.
02/11/2013 04:10 EST
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The Wines Of Winter

There's just something about the frosty weather -- and yes, the seemingly never-ending days of winter -- that makes uncorking a bottle feel that much more decadent, and gives you a chance to learn a bit more about what's contained inside.
02/02/2013 12:12 EST