119 episodes

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.

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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.

    Dream Wine Careers with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards Part 2

    Dream Wine Careers with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards Part 2

    Why are podcasts one of the best ways to learn about wine? How do English sparkling wines compare to Champagne, and should you seek them out? Why is the Master of Wine qualification valuable beyond the studies? What’s behind the low pass rate for the Master of Wine qualification?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, Masters of Wine.

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

    • 38 min
    Having a Wine Blast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

    Having a Wine Blast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a career in wine, whether as a TV or radio personality, writer, author, podcaster, event organizer, speaker or consultant? Well, our guests tonight have done it all and you’re in for a treat with colourful stories from their brilliant careers!

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, Masters of Wine.

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

    • 49 min
    Open That Bottle Night with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher

    Open That Bottle Night with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher

    Do you have a bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Are you curious about how much an old bottle is worth and whether you should open it soon? Want to take a peek behind-the-scenes at how two of the world’s most successful wine columnists taste wines?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, journalists, authors and wine columnists.

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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Inside Bordeaux's Secret Underground with Jane Anson

    Inside Bordeaux's Secret Underground with Jane Anson

    Are you curious about Bordeaux wine? Would you love to learn about its secret underground history? What about the overlooked wines and vintages that are both affordable and delicious?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Jane Anson, the world’s foremost authority on Bordeaux wine and the author of Inside Bordeaux.

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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Rising Alcohol in Wine: Too Hot to Handle?

    Rising Alcohol in Wine: Too Hot to Handle?

    Want to seduce someone this Valentine’s Day? Forget the lingerie, lipstick and silk-tie handcuffs—just ensure that the object of your desire drinks a little wine.

    In this episode, I'm chatting with you about not only wine for Valentine's Day, but we’re also going to turn up the heat and talk about the rising levels of alcohol in wine.

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

    • 41 min
    Tasting and Pairing Grüner Veltliner with Austrian Winemaker Rudi Rabl

    Tasting and Pairing Grüner Veltliner with Austrian Winemaker Rudi Rabl

    Why do sommeliers love Grüner Veltliner? How does this zesty white wine from Austria compare to Gewürztraminer and Riesling? Does it age well? What are the best food pairings?

    In this episode, I'm chatting with Rudi Rabl, founder and winemaker at Austria’s Rabl Winery.

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

    • 27 min

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