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