Tag Archives: Natalie MacLean

Hanging with the Queen

If you had told me 5 years ago that I would google with the Queen I might have slapped you.  That’s because I didn’t know how cool the Google Hangout was – or what it was for that matter.  And the Queen?  Natalie MacLean – Queen of the internet wine writing and wine tasting  as far as I’m concerned – and 140,000 subscribers can’t be wrong.

So anyhoo – we Google Hangout(ed) and tasted a selection of wine and cheese and the entire thing is now on the You Tube!

12 of us were provided with some wine and some cheese and we all hung out on the internet and talked about it.  You can see the entire thing here – Natalie’s Google Hangout.  If you fast forward to the 27th minute you will see my disastrous attempt to sabre a sparkling icewine go horribly wrong.  2011 was a great year for ice wine but a terrible year for glass.

I think the best wine I tried was Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay (click for our tasting notes).  It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list.

2011 – great year for ice wine, bad year for glass

Thanks to the people at Inniskillin for providing the wine – to the Dairy Farmers of Canada for the cheese – and to the Queen for organizing the fun. What a privilege for a guy who writes a wine blog mainly to make his brother-in-Spain laugh to be included in this event and with this group of people.  Thanks everyone – and good news – I got all the glass out of the carpet.


Google Hangout Wine tasting

I will be tasting wine with the Queen – Natalie MacLean – on a Google hangout Wed night at 8 pm.

If, like me, you are over the age of 40 and have no idea what this means (or what twitter is used for) then this link will help you find it. Google Hangout Link

It’s like a TV show on the internet where people are discussing Canadian cheese and drinking Ontario wine.  It should be a blast.

The cheese and wine that we are trying are listed here. I think the video will be available on YouTube afterwards.

I’ll be the one with long hair who isn’t a girl.


Working for the Queen

The Queen of the wine writers is unquestionably Canada’s own Natalie MacLean.  Consider the following…

The Queen has  asked me to contribute a blog post to her Über-website at nataliemaclean.com and frankly I was afraid to say no – she’s that powerful.

Each month I am writing about my observations on wine culture in different countries all the while trying to impress Natalie. My first entry on America (fyi I married an American) is here.

Speaking of those awards, really, who’s ever heard of James Beard or Le Cordon Bleu.  Come on Natalie, try to  impress me too.


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