In the Kitchen with Claire Tansey

Claire Tansey is a recipe developer, culinary teacher, writer and lover of delicious food. She was most recently the Food Director at Chatelaine and she makes regular appearances on CityLine, inspiring people to enjoy cooking so we can all lead happier, healthier lives. She has opinions about food — and wine. Claire believes cooking is something we should do not as an obligation but for pleasure. In the end, it’s all about good times and good flavours. (And, perhaps, Champagne…)

We're excited to welcome Claire to the kwäf team as our resident chef. She'll be creating amazing recipe pairings for our ClubK wines, like this One-Pan London Broil that is the perfect quick fix for a weeknight dinner when you're pressed for time (and who isn't?)

Read on to find out Claire's guilty pleasure wine and food pairing, and her idea of the perfect wine moment.


1. Describe your perfect wine moment.
The one I'll have this evening after closing down my office for the day. It'll be something cold and white and I'll probably drink it standing on the sidewalk chatting with neighbours while our kids play. Perfection.

2. What’s your absolute favourite wine and food match?
Champagne and salty snacks — the trashier the better. Something like Cheetos snack mix or Chicago Mix popcorn. It's a brilliant flavour match but it's also fun to Instagram a swish bottle alongside decidedly un-fancy quickie-mart snacks.

3. Finish this sentence: “More people need to taste…”
Grüner Veltliner. Why isn't this silky white more well known? It's super food-friendly but also great for after-work refreshment.

4. When you're not drinking or tasting wine, what do you do?
Cooking, teaching people to cook, or thinking about cooking. Or washing dishes.

5. What was the last (latest) wine you tasted and loved?
I'm crazy about Champagne but not so crazy about the price. I love French crémants, particularly Château de Montgueret Crémant de Loire. For less than $20 you get the same yeasty, fruity sparkle of Champagne but with way more intrigue (and the bottle is gorgeous).

1 comment

  • So glad you’ve joined the team Claire – food and wine belong together! I’ll be trying you Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro-Lime Noodles with the Riesling you suggest this weekend – sounds delicious!!


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