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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery, the zany tactics of a winemaker who hosted a funeral for cork, and more. Nestled in these colourful stories are practical tips on how to choose wine from a restaurant list, pair it with food and spot great values in the liquor store.

Every second episode, Natalie goes solo with an unfiltered, personal reflection on wine. She'll share with you how it feels to be a woman in what is still a largely male-dominated field, her gut reaction to the latest health study that says no amount of alcohol consumption is safe and her journey in writing her next book. She'll reveal these vulnerable, sometimes embarrassing, stories with tipsy wit and wisdom that she's soaked up from 20 years of writing about wine.

This podcast is for wine lovers from novices to well-cellared aficionados.

Unreserved Wine Talk Natalie MacLean

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    • 4.0, 30 Ratings

The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery, the zany tactics of a winemaker who hosted a funeral for cork, and more. Nestled in these colourful stories are practical tips on how to choose wine from a restaurant list, pair it with food and spot great values in the liquor store.

Every second episode, Natalie goes solo with an unfiltered, personal reflection on wine. She'll share with you how it feels to be a woman in what is still a largely male-dominated field, her gut reaction to the latest health study that says no amount of alcohol consumption is safe and her journey in writing her next book. She'll reveal these vulnerable, sometimes embarrassing, stories with tipsy wit and wisdom that she's soaked up from 20 years of writing about wine.

This podcast is for wine lovers from novices to well-cellared aficionados.

    83: What's Trending in the Wine World with Darren Oleksyn

    83: What's Trending in the Wine World with Darren Oleksyn

    What are the hottest wine trends right now? What's the difference between natural wine and orange wine? Are new drinks like blue wine and Pinot Freezio here to stay? How does canned wine hold up to its bottled counterparts? Why has Rosé been able to move from fad to mainstream?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with author and journalist, Darren Oleksyn.

    For all of the wines and other resources mentioned in this episode, please click on the "Episode Website" link below.

    • 38 min
    82: Bordeaux and China: Wine Culture Clash or Perfect Pairing? Suzanne Mustacich Reveals Surprising Insights

    82: Bordeaux and China: Wine Culture Clash or Perfect Pairing? Suzanne Mustacich Reveals Surprising Insights

    Why is Bordeaux considered the ultimate luxury brand in the world of wine? Why does it suit the Chinese culture of gift-giving versus other expensive wines? How does it's demand in China affect the prices you pay and the styles you drink?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Suzanne Mustacich, author of Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines.

    For all of the wines and other resources mentioned in this episode, please click on the "Episode Website" link bel

    • 39 min
    81: Tasting Wine Like a Detective with Ontario's Best Sommelier Emily Pearce-Bibona

    81: Tasting Wine Like a Detective with Ontario's Best Sommelier Emily Pearce-Bibona

    What’s it like performing in front of a set of very stern-eyed wine judges and a live audience? What's the smartest question you can ask a sommelier in a restaurant? What is the deductive tasting technique and how can it help you drink better wine?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Emily Pearce-Bibona, Certified Sommelier and founder of Femmes du Vins.

    For all of the wines and other resources mentioned in this episode, please click on the "Episode Website" link below.

    • 41 min
    80: What's the Rosé Lifestyle? Wine Writer Jill Barth on Why You'd Enjoy It

    80: What's the Rosé Lifestyle? Wine Writer Jill Barth on Why You'd Enjoy It

    How did Provence become known as the heartland of Rosé? What does it mean to be part of the Rosé lifestyle? Why should you take a trip to the Provence wine region? Does the colour of Rosé give you a clue into its taste? Which unexpected but mouthwatering food pairing should you try with your next glass of Rosé?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with wine writer Jill Barth, who is also a Provence Wine Master through the Wine Scholar Guild.

    • 41 min
    79: Why Sommeliers Love Austrian Gruner Veltliner with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl

    79: Why Sommeliers Love Austrian Gruner Veltliner with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl

    Would you like to learn more about Austrian wines, especially its iconic grape, Gruner Veltliner? Do you know why this wine is one of the most versatile wines on the planet?  Why should an Austrian Heuriger be on your must-visit list? Which Austrian red wine should you try next?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl of the Austrian winery, Weingut Pfaffl.

    For all of the wines and other resources mentioned in this episode, please click on the "Episode Website" link below

    • 41 min
    78: Why are Nova Scotia's Tidal Bay and L'Acadie Blanc Signature Wines?

    78: Why are Nova Scotia's Tidal Bay and L'Acadie Blanc Signature Wines?

    What do you need to know about Nova Scotia’s signature grape, L'Acadie blanc? What's Tidal Bay and why is it Canada's first stylistic appellation? Why is one Nova Scotia winery burying wine barrels? What should you keep in mind when you visit Nova Scotia wineries?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Amy Savoury, a certified sommelier and instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College.

    For all of the wines and other resources mentioned in this episode, please click on the "Episode Website" link below

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Pete is on the run ,

Episode 39

Natalie,
Thank you for this podcast with Erin. I thoroughly enjoyed listening - my Wednesday afternoon routine with a glass of wine - to another intriguing conversation.
Love it
Peter Humphries

Encaustic Art ,

Want to learn about wine?

If you are looking for a good source of wine information, your best bet is to follow Natalie . She is very knowledgeable and willing to share her knowledge. These podcasts are filled with interesting topics, experiences and info. She is easy to listen to .... entertaining. I also like the idea of bringing in other experts from the wine world.

REO9090 ,

Happily Unreserved

I thoroughly enjoyed the warm and inviting intro to "Unreserved" - the Anthony Bourdain reference is grand. Natalie is so down to earth and a wealth of knowledge on the vast array of topics related to wine. Looking forward to regularly tuning in during my commute!

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