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Ep 386: Natalie MacLean -- Author, Wine Reviewer & Podcaster

Wine for Normal People

Release Date: 08/09/2021

Ep 396: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings Revisited show art Ep 396: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings Revisited

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We scoured the internet to find commonly recommended pairings, so we could actually try them and tell you if any of these things actually work. Much like our prior episode, the news isn’t great, but we did find a few diamonds in the rough, including an extremely surprising combo that I thought could be lethal! Patrons Kelsey and Colby Eliades guest host with me to power through this episode and sum up the things we learned about candy pairings – what works, what doesn’t, and why!

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Ep 395: Walla Walla, Washington's Caprio Cellars and Its Estate Wines show art Ep 395: Walla Walla, Washington's Caprio Cellars and Its Estate Wines

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In this episode we discuss Caprio Cellars, which makes wines from estate vineyards in the Walla Walla AVA of eastern Washington. Owner and winemaker, Dennis Murphy talks about Walla Walla and the wines he makes mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from his 3 estate vineyards.

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Ep 394: Germany Overview show art Ep 394: Germany Overview

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After 10.5 years of doing the podcast I realized that we have never done an overview of Germany! Shame on me! Well, now we have.

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Ep 393: A Trip to Vinho Verde and a Fresh Outlook on these Wines show art Ep 393: A Trip to Vinho Verde and a Fresh Outlook on these Wines

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This is an audio travel diary in a way -- it is bringing things we've covered in the past (Episode 291 has details not in this show) to real life application, since I just returned from a trip to the Vinho Verde region. After talking about a tasting of Ports at a few lodges, we discuss Vinho Verde. This show is not about the fizzy base tier wines, but about the premium wines that are single grape varieties, made with better grapes by meticulous winemakers. It's a new look at an old region!

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Ep 392: The Greats -- Chablis show art Ep 392: The Greats -- Chablis

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One of the greatest Chardonnays (and actually white wines) in the world comes from Chablis in the northern part of Burgundy. In this show we discuss this historic region and why it is capable of making the most distinctive, minerally, terroir-driven white wines made.

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Ep 391: Édouard Miailhe - Dynamic leader of the Margaux AOC & 5th Generation Owner of Château Siran show art Ep 391: Édouard Miailhe - Dynamic leader of the Margaux AOC & 5th Generation Owner of Château Siran

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Château Siran is an historic and innovative estate in the Médoc on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, in the commune of Margaux. In the mid-1800s Siran was purchased by ancestor of Édouard Miailhe’s family and today he is the 6th generation to run Siran.

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Ep 390: The Grape Miniseries -- Petit Verdot show art Ep 390: The Grape Miniseries -- Petit Verdot

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Petit Verdot is often the secret weapon in a blend -- providing unique aromas and flavors plus acidity and tannin. We discuss this essential grape and the vital role it plays in wines around the world.

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Ep 389: Chateau Doyac and the Diversity of Terroir in the Haut-Medoc of Bordeaux show art Ep 389: Chateau Doyac and the Diversity of Terroir in the Haut-Medoc of Bordeaux

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In our continued exploration of the Médoc of Bordeaux, Astrid de Pourtalès of Château Doyac joins. Doyac is a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur located in the northernmost part of the Haut-Médoc appellation. This show presents a high level overview of a family-owned château in a very different part of the Médoc that isn't often discussed - one that's far north and based on limestone clay soils, something you'd see in Burgundy rather than farther south in Bordeaux.

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Ep 388: The Greats - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano show art Ep 388: The Greats - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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The Nobile Wine of Montepulciano is a wine based on a clone of Sangiovese and from a small hillside town in Tuscany called Montepulciano. It is, indeed, one of the great wines of the world.

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Ep 387: Veramonte's Sofia Araya -- Organic, terroir-driven wine in Chile show art Ep 387: Veramonte's Sofia Araya -- Organic, terroir-driven wine in Chile

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Veramonte is a medium sized winery in Chile, with an outsized impact: it's 100% organically farmed and makes up 15% of organic viticulture in Chile. Behind the four brands of Veramonte -- Veramonte, Ritual, Primus, Neyen - is Sofia Vermonte, head winemaker. In this show she talks about the transition to organic farming, the differences in the valleys of Chile and how she is making terroir-driven wines with pure fruit flavors, that showcase the Casablanca, Colchagua, and Maipo Valleys at their best.

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Natalie MacLean is an accredited sommelier who operates one of the largest wine sites on the web at www.nataliemaclean.com.

Natalie's first book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass and her second book Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines were each selected as an Amazon “Best Book of the Year.” She is the wine expert on CTV's The Social, Canada's largest daytime television show, CTV News, and Global Television's Morning Show.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards, and has won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. Natalie is an author, online wine course instructor, and wine reviewer. She is a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, the Wine Writers Circle, and several French wine societies with complicated and impressive names.

Natalie holds an MBA and is a fellow podcast host, with her excellent podcast “Unreserved Wine Talk” (on which I have also been a guest - Ep 50).

Being two podcasters, we like to talk!! This is more of a conversation than an interview and we had a great time chatting about a variety of subjects. Here are the show notes:

  • Natalie talks about her journey into the wine world from a live in tech and an MBA to becoming a wine reviewer and writer. She and I discuss the professional challenges that she faced in 2012 and how she didn’t give up and used her positivity and strength to continue being a powerful voice in wine.

  • We chat about the Canadian wine industry

  • Then we get to the main event – bantering about the current trends in the wine industry and what we think about them. Here are the main topics we take on:

    • The natural wine movement/clean wine/raw wine
    • Celebrity wine
    • Alcohol free or low alcohol wine
    • Wine critics and “influencers”
    • Climate change and what it will do to wine
    • Wine v. white claw or spirits, which follows nicely into a conversation about canned and boxed wines and alternative packaging, including the environmental impact of shipping in the wine industry and our hopes for change
    • Orange wines, blue wines

A very fun conversation about wine and life. Please check out Natalie’s books:  Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass and her second book Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines 

      

 

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