Natalie MacLean
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

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Top 10 Wines to Give as Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:27 PM


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...

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Top 10 Wines for Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:17 AM

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.

J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2011
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California,...

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10 Wines For Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:35 AM

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...

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Top 10 California Cult Cabernets

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 2:29 PM

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.

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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10 Wines to Celebrate the Canadian Harvest

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 10:24 AM

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.

Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Méthode Classique Brut 2009, V.Q.A.,...

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Top 10 Wines When You Want to Splurge

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:31 PM

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.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Rosé

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10 Best Wines for Labour Day

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:11 PM

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.

Daniel Lenko Old Vines American Oak Chardonnay 2010
V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


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Top 10 Wines that Taste Twice as Expensive as They Cost

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 2:57 PM

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...

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10 Best Wines to Celebrate The July 4th Long Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 11:43 AM

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.

Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sonoma County, California

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10 Of The Best Wines For Canada Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 12:50 PM

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 die-hard patriot to drink them. These wines stand tall and free on their own. Pair them with grilled meats, fresh...

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Wines For Summer Solstice

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 12:03 PM

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...

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Top 10 Wines For Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:23 PM

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 10 wines below make excellent pairings for whatever meal you have planned for Father's Day,...

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The Six Best Food And Wine Pairings

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 4:38 PM

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. Unlike traditional...

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Wines of the Week

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:52 PM

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 four days left to vote for...

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Wines of the Week

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 10:47 AM

This week, I'm including five wines rather than just one as they're all finalists for The Great Canadian Wine Match. Each wine has been chosen by an everyday wine drinker rather than an expert such as a sommelier or (gasp) wine writer. This people's choice awards for wine...

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Wines for Warmer Temperatures

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 3:15 PM

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...

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Wines of the Week: Light Spring Wines

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:46 PM

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.

I try to keep my selections global, though I...

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Robust Red Wines for Meat Dishes

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Cold winter days often call for heavier meals, and heavier meals can't help but go hand-in-hand with 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...

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The Wines Of Winter

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 6:12 AM

Might I suggest putting aside some time this weekend to indulge in a really great bottle of wine?

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...

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Great B.C. Wines Coming to an LCBO Near You

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 7:46 AM

A number of spectacular wines from British Columbia are hitting LCBO store shelves this month with the January 19 Vintages Release. Several of them below are hosting their own Twitter tasting on January 24 at 8 p.m. eastern. They've chosen the hashtag #ONtastesBC so you can join them...

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