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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Naughty Betty Wine Wraps and Cocktail Napkins

When it comes to clever sayings about how wine fits into your life, none are better at coining them than Naughty Betty.  The company is all about turns of phrase in bold fonts and patterns.

Wondering how wrap a bottle of wine?  If the Wine Monkey doesn’t suit you, then maybe Naughty Betty‘s collection of Wine Wraps will inspire you.

wine gets better with age we get better with wine besides wine family and friends are the best gifts tis the season to believe in wine Good Tidings And Cheer Are Much Easier With Wine

The removable sticker covers the wine label with a clever saying and comes with a To/From sticker for the neck.  We all know it’s wine, might as well make it fun.

Cocktail napkins are a staple of the Naughty Betty site and she has a few fun wine-themed ones.

anything is possible with wine and a good concealer wine is a must have like black pants and celebrity gossip

You can find some of the Naughty Betty products in Canada at Pier 1 Imports, but the selection is best online.

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3 Canadian Wine Apps To Help You Find The Perfect Pairing

Tis the season to go to Christmas parties. Whether its a celebration with sales and accounting, or just an open house with your best friends, here’s a list of 3 Canadian wine apps to help you find the available fuel for those parties.

Natalie MacLean’s Food and Wine Pairing [free]

This is an update to the NatDecants app which used to be in the App Store for $2.99.  Now the app is free with the option to subscribe to MacLean’s newsletter for $2 a month.

This app is a serious upgrade over the original.  You can scan barcodes of wines and instantly pull up reviews.  You can sort your own tasting notes, keep track of wine’s you own or have tasted in virtual cellars.  When you find a wine you like, not only is a list of 4 or 5 pairing menu items presented, but you can click through to complete recipes!  The free portion of the app will give you access to MacLean’s decade plus backlog of reviews.  The paid portion will open up more recent content.

Wine Access Magazine [free]

Canada’s authority when it comes to tasting notes has a gorgeous and easy to use app.  You’re presented with a few options at the start.  You can select a wine name, varietal or winery, you can choose a wine colour, type or country or you can search through the magazine’s top rated wines.

Again there’s a portion of the app to help you store your own personal tasting notes, and keep a shopping list of wines to get when you’re next out shopping.

Sommelier Wine [free]

This is an app that is starting to power wine lists in restaurants in Calgary.  Already Catch is one restaurant where you will be presented with an iPad 2 to help select your wine with dinner.  The app has a great back end for restaurants to manage inventory and sales so you’ll never get a “Sorry sir, we’re out of that selection.”

The app itself helps you drill down through the specific menu items to find perfect pairings as selected by the local sommelier.  You can also do your own sorting by varietal, region or price.

How To Wrap A Bottle Of Wine

Its wine.  Everyone knows it’s wine.  Whether you struggle to wrap it, put it in a glitter gift bag or hand it to them plain, it’s wine.

Wine is a great gift to bring to any holiday party and is always handy for the hostess to have on hand.

But how do you bring wine to a party without looking like everyone else who brought wine to the party?  With The Wine Monkey [$12 at Chapters/Indigo]

Everyone loves a sock monkey.  This is a sock monkey that loves wine.  And once you’ve drained everyone’s bottles, you’ll have a lot more fun making up silly voices for the wine monkey than a brown paper bag.

Kelly Ripa Loves Her Wine Rack

I don’t know if I’d really use this bra with ballasts to drink wine, but if you’ve really got to get your drink on at a festival or hockey game – fill your boots .. er .. bra.

Is it any shock The Wine Rack comes from the same company responsible for The Beer Belly? At $30, these might just be the gag item to bring to the company gift exchange.

Natalie MacLean Is Unquenchable

Natalie MacLean - Unquenchable

Noted wine writer Natalie Maclean is out with a book in time for the holiday season and if you’re looking for a perfect pairing, check out her app.

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, is a hit, already hitting the top 5 on the bestsellers’ list.

Her app is also a great release. Natalie Maclean Wine Picks and Pairings can scan more than 150,000 wines for tasting notes and information.

“For some reason, Random House wasn’t willing to update my book every month, even though the wines in stores change every month,” MacLean told TechVibes, tongue-in-cheek. “So the app is a natural companion to the book, not only to get a shopping list of current wines, but also to supplement the book’s content with photos, video clips, interviews and other material that would be too expensive include in the print version.”

The Grape Escape


This weekend is Calgary Co-Op’s Wine, Spirit and Beer Festival, The Grape Escape.

Once again, it’s completely sold out, but I do have a couple of tickets to the Friday afternoon VIP tasting session to give away.

I’ll be pouring Nollen Notorious Rooster Riesling, Road 13’s Honest John’s Red, Castano Monastrell and Freixenet Carta Nevada at the Grape Escape.

Nollen Notorious Rooster Riesling 2010
“Every once and a while an inexpensive Germany riesling, almost always from the Mosel, over delivers and that is the case with Notorious a delicious little riesling. We love the fresh nectarine skin aromas and the peachy, watermelon fruit all with freshness and balance.”
Anthony Gismondi

Castano Monastrell 2009
“It is a dark ruby-coloured wine with a fragrant nose of underbrush, blueberry and plum. Super-juicy on the palate and densely packed, this is a pleasure-bent effort for drinking over the next 2-3 years.”
– Robert Parker

Honest Johns Red 2010
“The fruit explodes out of the glass with aromas of red currant, black raspberries and bing cherries. The nose also shows signature Okanagan character, followed by subtle layering of chocolate, cedar and tobacco.”
– JM Bouchard, Winemaker

Freixenet Carta Nevada
“As semi-dry Cavas go, it’s hard to lodge a complaint against this one. It has a full bouquet of powdered sugar and white fruits, and the palate is sturdy and shows sweet mango and papaya flavours.”
– The Wine Enthusiast

**UPDATE** Congratulations to Erin Darroch for winning my tickets!

Calgary Needs A Champagne Friday Food Truck

freixenet food truck

The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck

I like to celebrate Champagne Fridays. It’s nothing fancy, just at the end of each week a cork flies across my home office instead of getting cracked with a corkscrew.

In Dallas, this week, Champagne Fridays took on an entirely different meaning as The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck rolled into town. It’s been cruising across the states all summer offering people the opportunity to taste Freixenet [87 points Wine Access] sparkling wine, nibble on “tapas” and play games.

The perfect definition of a Champagne Friday, in my books.

Today, in Calgary, we experienced our first snow of the season and the food trucks are turning their menus to more comfort food selections. Still, a little rolling Freixenet Friday in the Stampede City could do us all a bit of good.

Don’t you think?

Movember Handlebar Moustache Corkscrew

My husband is growing a moustache this month as a part of Movember. While I agree that doing all you can for prostate cancer awareness is a good thing, I just wish it didnt involve the scratchy, unsexy moustache.

I don’t like them on him. BUT .. I did find a moustache I can love, this fun Handlebar Moustache Corkscrew from Fred & Friends on Amazon for less than $10.

Cheap enough that I can be a Mo’ Sista with my own (non scratchy, totally cute) moustache and still have enough left over to donate to Movember.

The best part? None of my Famiglia Bianchi Malbec (90 points Wine Access) will get lost in the loose furry friends.

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