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Unreserved Wine Talk

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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… read more


189: Cracking the DaVino Code with Wine Economist, Mike Veseth

Did you know there’s a triple crisis in the battle for the soul of wine right now? Why do you need to master the DaVino Code? What makes some of the claims on “better for you” wines misleading?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with author and editor of The Wine Economist newsletter, Mike Veseth.


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What happened during “wine’s lost decade”?

Which main factors have contributed to the declining global wine market?

What might surprise you about the brand behind White Claw Hard Seltzer?

Which environmental and social factors have led to a triple crisis in the wine industry?

How did Mike imagine the wine wars playing out in Wine Wars II?

What’s the story behind Bellissima by Christie Brinkley?

What makes some of the claims on “better for you” wines misleading?

Which lessons can wine producers learn from the deconstruction of the soul of milk?

What’s the tasting experience like for Bellissima wines?

Why should you consider trying Creekside Cabernet Merlot?

What is the DaVino code?

How does the DaVino code keep out potential new wine buyers?

What do you need to know about the battle between Martians and Wagnerians?

Which wine would Mike love to be able to share with Mark Twain?

Why is Mike a big advocate for drinking locally?

Which wine would Mike want to be served at his funeral and why?


Key Takeaways

Mike illuminates the triple crisis in the battle for the soul of wine right now with great examples.

I love his concept of the DaVino Code for better understanding wine.

He makes a great point about why some of the claims on “better for you” wines are so misleading.


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About Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth is editor of The Wine Economist newsletter ( and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011), Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018) and Wine Wars II: The Global Battle for the Soul of Wine (2022). He is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings both in the United States and around the world.

Veseth’s writings on wine and globalization have been widely praised. Globaloney was selected as a Best Business Book of 2005. Wine Wars was chosen a Best Wine Book of 2011. The Wine Economist was named Best Wine Blog by Gourmand International in 2015. Money, Taste, and Wine: It’s Complicated received the 2016 Gourmand International award for Best Wine Writing. Around the World in Eighty Wines was named one of the 100 best wine books of all time by



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