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Pink Wines


Pink is a year 'round drink, but let's be honest, in spring and summer it becomes a mainstay.
Each spring I put together a list of lovely rose wines, from the palest blushing pink to ruby re versions.
Enjoy!

Wines of South Africa 2021

Celebrate South Africa!
Even if you aren't able to travel there, we can enjoy the wines and support their local economy!
Here are a few wines you might want to discover...

Malbec World Day 2021


On April 17th, join in on Malbec World Day by strapping on your gaucho gear, firing up the grill and pouring a favourite Malbec.
I've made it easier to select your bottle with this list of locally available options!

Valentine's Day 2021

For many folks, there's not much to celebrate on Valentine's Day, but you don't need a boatload of romance to make the evening special. Some fantastic cheese, a bottle of wine, Netflix... Celebrate yourself!
But a special dinner home cooked or by delivery is also a fantastic idea if you're not able to visit a restaurant with a significant other.
In my house, we're staying home, cheese will definitely be on the menu, and likely some bubbly, rose, or bubbly rose!

Budget Bottles 2021



We're all in need of some good value wines, weekday wines that we're happy to crack open and sip while watching Netflix.
So stock up, here are 60+ wines under $17 that will surely satisfy.

Great Gift Bottles 2020


Delivery or a drop off, wine is much needed this year, so grab a bottle and "add to cart" then zoom in for a virtual celebration.
Yes, that's what 2020 is all about. So give the gift of wine!

Cheers,
Daenna


*Wines vary by price and availability, some may be sold out.

Sparkling Wines


Even while we are tucked in at home this holiday season there's no reason to scrimp on the bubbly.
It's been a tough year and we all need a little sparkle (or a lot!). So here are a selection of bubbles from budget to premium to indulge in.
Cheers,
Daenna

TOP 50: 2020


Here they are, my TOP 50 wines over $20 for 2020! As always, they are wines that have scored 92 points or higher on WineScores.ca
These special bottles are great gift options or to stock your own cellar with; after this year, you might want to hoard them for your own pleasure because we all need spoiling.

Prices may vary, wines may be sold out.

TOP 100: 2020

It's been a year hasn't it?
So much unexpected, so much strangeness and sadness.
But one thing you can rely upon is my annual TOP 100, something I've been doing for a dozen years. These wines are $20 or less and have scored 89+ points on my sister site WineScores.ca.
Drink up and here's looking forward to a better 2021!
Cheers,
Daenna

Holiday Budget Botttles 2020


It's been a really tough year and we're all feeling the pinch, but we're also feeling the stress of what maintaining sanity, keeping healthy and staying indoors means; wine is not only a welcome, but necessary reprieve.
So to get you through the holidays, here are 40+ wines $16 and under.

Gift Bottles Holiday 2019


Searching for the perfect gift this holiday season. Look no further, I have what you need!
My printer-friendly shopping list can go with you when you hit your local wine stores.

WineDiva: 15 Years Later

In early 2004, after sharing a couple of bottles of wine (of course), I declared I wanted to start a website.
I had never heard of a blog, and my knowledge of the internet was limited to accessing my email--even doing that I often needed help.
I would call the site, WineDiva.

So much has happened over the past 15 years since I made that decision and I cannot imagine my life differently. Along the way I've had great support from the industry and count myself blessed, not only for my career, but the people around the world, whom I've shared a glass of wine with (or more) since.

Here are 15 wines I celebrate, they are not necessarily the top scoring wines I've tasted in the past year (although I've scored them all impressively), but wines I want to drink more of.

TOP 100 Wines of 2018


Each year for a decade, I've been compiling a list of the best 100 wines, under $20 (price varies by retailer), that I have reviewed during that calendar year.
The wines must score 89 points or higher on my sister site, WineScores.ca.
While the task hasn't gotten easier, I've managed to work with a system to make compilation easier. During the past decade, I've become busier in my career, writing for a number of wonderful publications, which hold my attention, ergo, my own site lags behind.
However, even though it is a couple weeks later than usual, I promised to get this list up in time for your holiday shin-digs and gatherings.

Happy Holidays all!
Cheers, Daenna

TOP 100 Wines of 2014

The wait is over!

My entire list of TOP 100 wines, $20 and less scoring 89+ points.
Some of these wines are widely available across Canada, some are only available in private wine/liquor stores and some are available through the winery.

These wines have been reviewed by me between January 1/2014 and November 20/2014.

Enjoy!
*The prices have all been quoted to me as $20 or less, but those prices may vary by retailer or region.

TOP 100 (+13) for 2013


Each year I taste more than 2000 wines. Many of those reviews are posted on my sites, which allows me to narrow down those wines into great lists and best of all, make life easier for you.
In my annual TOP 100 you'll find my Top 100 (+13) picks, which have scored 89 points or higher on WineScores.ca!
These wines are all $20 or Less!

* Don't forget to score the wines you've already tasted in order to get FREE recommendations!

*These wines are listed as $20 or less. Prices may vary at some retailers and in some provinces.
Wines are listed by date reviewed, not by score.


Cheers!

Wines for the Tasting Room Radio

Everyday Bubbles!




Delicious and affordable sparkling wines - perfect for any occasion (meaning everyday) and never, ever, pretentious...

Top Sellers & Reader Favourites


Here are some top selling wines, wines, which are also reader favourites.
Look through this list and see if there are any wines you have already tasted - if so, begin by rating them.
How many stars would you give some of these wines you are familiar with?

It's really that simple.

Begin rating wines now, and before long, I'll be recommending wines just for you!

Wine in the North - The Yukon Edition!



For our neighbors to the north - I couldn't forget about you!
Here is a list of 85+ reviews of the best wines available to you in Yukon Liquor Corporation stores.
The list includes: white, red and sparkling wines from all over the world!

Get Grillin'


Although we can grill all year round, there's no time like the summertime!

Just the smell of smoke and barbecue sauce gets your mouth watering...
But what about the wine?
Grilling imparts charry, smoky flavours and intensifies flavours in a way that other cooking methods cannot.
You can throw pizza on the grill, sausage, pork, chicken, fish, corn on the cob and skewers of veggies (aka shish kebobs). All of these will have a new depth of flavour that calls for heartier wines, which will stand up to bold new flavours.
You don't have to be a meat eater to enjoy grilled foods, but your wines still need to have a bit more oomph.
Most of the following wines are great with grilled meat, but don't discount what a little grilling can do to eggplant, mushrooms or yes, even tofu and veggie burgers and dogs.
Remember red is not the only grillin' wine Chardonnay loves grilled lobster in butter, grilled chicken, grilled cornbread and corn on the cob...
Viognier charms sweet crab and seafood (great topped with spicy peach or mango salsas), grilled squash or sweet potatoes with sage butter...
Rose will rock pork, salmon, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, or your homemade grilled pizza...

All of WineDiva's Latest Wine Reviews

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WineDiva.ca was launched prior to WineScores, in February 2004. WineDiva is the alter ego of Daenna Van Mulligen. She wears a cork tiara and is proof that a girl can have her w(h)ine and drink it too! WineDiva.ca is a tongue-in-cheek approach to a very serious passion for all things wine. WineDiva’s goal is to make wine fun, subtly educational & deviously inspirational. Vintage reciting wine snobs need not apply. WineDiva is painting the wine world pink and drinking it all in, and her glass is always (at least) half-full.

WineScores is the more serious follow up to WineDiva.ca. WineScores was born from the demand to see wine writer Daenna Van Mulligen provide scores on her wine reviews. These are numerical scores based on a 100 point scale – an internationally recognized form of rating wines. These numbers provide a snapshot for consumers on how the wine reviewer views the overall quality of the wine. For more information on scoring wine, go to “about”.

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