First wine awards to crowdsource great holiday wines under $25 via an
international battle of the bottles on social media
OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The search for the best holiday wine and
food pairings launches today with the Joy to the World Holiday Wine
Match at www.nataliemaclean.com/holiday-wine. Canadian wine drinkers will crowdsource the ultimate holiday shopping
list of wines under $25 so that they can pour like Santa, but save like
"Whether you want a delicious dinner party wine or a special bottle to
give as a gift, this is a list that you'll be checking more than twice
for both the naughty and the nice," says Natalie MacLean, editor of
Canada's largest wine review site at www.nataliemaclean.com.
Unlike traditional competitions judged by experts, the Joy to the World
Holiday Wine Match allows wine lovers themselves to choose their
favourite pairings via social media and real-time, online voting. The
Twitter hashtag is #WHWM.
Wine lovers can nominate and vote for their favourite wines under $25 as
pairings for six international holiday dishes: latkes, the Jewish
holiday dish of potato pancakes to celebrate Hanukkah; baccala, the
Portuguese and Italian dried and salted fish dish for Christmas dinner;
Moroccan lamb, the slow-cooked savory stew to celebrate the end of
Ramadan on the Islamic calendar; collard greens, the African dish
that's part of the feast for Kwanzaa; roast turkey, the centerpiece of
Canadian and American holiday tables; and fruitcake, the United Kingdom
dessert made from candied fruit and nuts.
Nominations and voting close November 21 when the top five wines in each
category move to the finalist phase for just 12 days, as the holiday
countdown begins. Wines from each country will vie to be named the best
wine with a particular holiday dish.
Winners will be announced December 3, giving Canadians suggestions for
the best wines under $25 to crack open during their holiday gatherings
"We're going to deck the halls and tables with bottles of holiday wine
to help celebrate the spirit of the season," says MacLean. "I think we
can all drink to that."
Canadian journalist Natalie MacLean is the only person to have won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished
Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation and the M.F.K. Fisher
Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d'Escoffier
International. She is the author of the bestsellers Red, White and Drunk All Over and Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines.
Natalie is the editor of Canada's largest wine review site and gathers together the largest Canadian wine community on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google + Video Hangouts. She launched the first Canadian mobile wine app, now the only one on all three major platforms (iPhone, Android,
BlackBerry), and the only Canadian wine app that Apple features in its Pocket Sommelier Essential Apps.
Natalie will not be nominating or voting for wines in the Joy to the
World Holiday Wine Match. Instead, she will be moderating the
competition, including coast-to-coast wine video chats using Google + Hangouts.
Image with caption: "Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match. (CNW Group/Natalie MacLean)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6881_PHOTO_EN_33312.jpg
Image with caption: "Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match. (CNW Group/Natalie MacLean)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6881_PHOTO_EN_33313.jpg
SOURCE: Natalie MacLean
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