My love of wine started during a leisurely summer spent in France, where fine food and wine are part of the lifestyle.  A few years later, I had the opportunity to live in Madrid, the Spanish city that never sleeps.  I happily discovered that going out for a glass of wine and tapas is the favourite way to socialize in Madrid. 


Another passion is words, whether I’m writing a poem, learning a new language or simply talking with friends.  Apparently I was a very gregarious baby, according to my mother!  I turned this knack into a skill with writing courses, then acquired my Sommelier Certificate in 2012.  Writing combines my passions for wine, people and words.  My passion for wine and food gives me a gateway into the cultural heritage of the countries I visit.  


I’ve had wonderful opportunities to study wine and food culture in Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, California and Canada.  This year I also visited Finland - yes, they do make wine in Finland! as well as Czech Republic and Croatia.  In Czechia, I toured the famous Urquell Brewery.  In Croatia, the birthplace of Zinfandel, I fell in love with the wine and food culture.

Now an Independent Wine and Food Writer, my articles and wine reviews have been published in Ottawa Wedding Magazine, 55-Plus Magazine and the Italian Trade Agency Newsletter, among others.  I have also been a major contributing writer for several years at Canada’s largest wine website, NatalieMacLean.com, where I have shared over 2500 wine reviews and numerous articles.

All reviews my own.

Photo credit,  Claudette Bockstael,  Studio C Photography