Uncorked! Shelley Boettcher’s Definitive Guide to Alberta’s Best Wines under $25

16 Nov

Shelley Boettcher — incredible writer, editor, friend, mom, all-around-superstar — has a new book out, called Uncorked! The Definitive Guide to Alberta’s Best Wines under $25.

Christina and I are very excited about this book, for a few reasons:

1) We love wine. And this book will help us pick out the perfect bottle, every time. For every one of Shelley’s picks, you’ll find the need-to-know info such as the variety, year and price, as well as her suggestions on what to pair the wine with, which occasions it would be perfect for and a fun piece of trivia. Example: Do you know what Pinotage means? As she explains of Sebeka’s Cabernet Pinotage wine from Western Cape, South Africa, “Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red wine grape and is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. In South Africa, Cinsault is known as Hermitage. Hence the name Pinotage — a mix of Pinot and Hermitage.” (See how smart you’ll sound when you bust a bottle of this out for your dinner guests?)

2) We believe this handy, fun book will make for the perfect Christmas gift. Perhaps we’ll pair it with a bottle or two of Shelley’s picks for extra points.

3) We really love Shelley Boettcher. For three years, Shelley and I sat about five feet from each other in the newsroom at the Calgary Herald, writing for the Real Life section. I heart her. Shelley  is such a stellar, talented woman. And she sure knows her vino.

We celebrated her new book last Friday at the charming Pages on Kensington bookstore.

Shelley, me and the handful of books I bought.

Here’s Valerie Fortney, friend, Calgary Herald columnist and author of Sunray: The Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard, telling everyone, “Buy this book!”

Pierre Lamielle, chef and author/illustrator of the cool cookbook, Kitchen Scraps, provided some tasty morsels of goodness.

Wonderful shindig. Wonderful book. I can’t wait to hit the liquor store with Uncorked! in hand.




One Response to “Uncorked! Shelley Boettcher’s Definitive Guide to Alberta’s Best Wines under $25”


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