By: Melanie Lloyd A little over a week ago, I attended Taste Ontario, an event reserved for the media and hospitality industry. It featured over 30 different VQA wineries. All of my reviews including the ones below can be found on nataliemaclean.com. I’m focussing this blog on wine from the Niagara region as I plan… Read More My Top Niagara Wines at Taste Ontario
By: Melanie Lloyd For well over a decade, Jacobsons Gourmet Concept has been my favourite specialty food shop in Ottawa. Located in New Edinburgh, this store offers lots of charm and brightness. It has friendly and knowledgeable staff and offers a great selection of delectable goodies and delicacies, not to forget their outstanding cheese bar. Their… Read More Jacobsons: Bringing Friends Back to the Table
By: Melanie Lloyd I love sparkling wine and I’m very excited to write about this subject. With the holidays around the corner and with so many different types of sparkling wine, I’ve decided to focus this blog on Champagne, the king of bubbly. Here is some information about Champagne and its various styles. PROFILE: Medium… Read More Champagne: A Guide Through This Iconic Bubbly
By: Melanie Lloyd A week and a half ago, I attended Outstanding in Their Fields, the Taste and Buy event hosted by Savvy Wine Company at Ottawa City Hall. It was an opportunity to sample Ontario wine while chatting with winemakers from across the province. Ottawa City Hall offered a perfect venue for this event. There was… Read More Exploring Ontario Wine through Savvy Wine Company
By: Melanie Lloyd Never heard of Marquette? You are not the only one. This young grape variety may not be well-known but is steadily gaining popularity. WHY IS IT NOT MORE KNOWN? First off, Marquette is a hybrid grape. Unfortunately, hybrid grapes can be tricky to get recognition within the wine industry. In Ontario, for example,… Read More Marquette 101: Discovering this Cold-Hardy Grape
By: Melanie Lloyd As the weather drops, nothing sooths the soul like comfort food and a yummy glass of wine. Here are my recommendations on wine to pair with some of my favourite comfort meals. MAC AND CHEESE Give me ooey gooey macaroni and cheese on a crisp day. Mine includes old Cheddar, Mozzarella, and… Read More What Wine to Drink With Comfort Food!
By Melanie Lloyd I recently had the opportunity to interview Jan-Daniel Etter of Vignoble Clos du Vully located in Navan. Jan-Daniel is passionate about winemaking, full of life, and articulate. As I was interviewing him, I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful guest he would make on any television or radio show. Listening to… Read More Interview with Jan-Daniel Etter of Clos du Vully
By Melanie Lloyd Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to sample wine from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through a couple of tastings and a wine expo. This blog will focus on red wine and is simply a starting point to the many wines from the area. A special shout out goes to Donna… Read More Red Wine from Ottawa-Gatineau: Embracing the Uniqueness
By Melanie Lloyd The joys of going to the Sugar Bush and visiting the various Sugar Shacks or Cabanes à Sucre as we French Canadians call them. Make a fun day out of it to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring. Maple syrup is rich in our Canadian heritage, brought to us… Read More Maple Syrup and Drinks? Yessss!
By Melanie Lloyd Last month, I sampled a selection of wines from both of the LCBO’s February Vintages releases. Here are my top five! Number 1: Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend LCBO price: $69.95 This wine is simply wow!!! A keeper for your wine cellar. It is beautifully complex and absolutely marvelous.… Read More February Vintages Release! What’s Hot!!!