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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


202: "Crushed: How a Changing Climate Is Altering the Way We Drink" with Brian Freedman

Are you curious about the deeper, less obvious impacts of climate change on wine? How is it different from the impact on our food? What are Israeli winemakers doing to bring back a whole ecosystem approach?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm interviewing Brian Freedman, wine and spirits educator and author of Crushed: How a Changing Climate Is Altering the Way We Drink.


You can find the wines we discussed at



Three of you are going to win a personally signed copy of Brian Freedman's terrific new book, Crushed: How a Changing Climate Is Altering the Way We Drink.

To qualify, all you have to do is email me at and tell me that you’d like to win the bottle. I’ll select the winners randomly from those who participate.

Good luck!



What are Brian’s top tips for moving a large wine collection?

How did Brian’s father help him learn to appreciate wine's nuances?

Which favourite childhood dish would Brian now pair with a Napa Cabernet?

Which wine jump-started my wine journey?

When did Brian realize he wanted to make wine his career?

What embarrassing story did Brian’s daughter share with her class on the first day of preschool?

How does Brian’s wife perceive favour differently from most people?

What can you expect from Brian’s new book, Crushed: How a Changing Climate Is Altering the Way We Drink?

How do you continue to make world-class wines in increasingly desert-like conditions?

What are Israeli winemakers doing to bring back the whole ecosystem approach?

Why did Brian want to write about the issue of climate change?


Key Takeaways

I appreciated how Brian dug into the less obvious impact of climate change or global weirding on wine from freak spring frosts to a persistent wildfire season.

He also helped us understand how those changes are different from what’s happening to our food system, especially when winemakers get just once chance each year to get it right.

I was fascinated to learn how Israeli winemakers are bringing back a whole ecosystem approach.


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Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wed at 7 pm ET on Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video.

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About Brian Freedman

Brian Freedman is a wine, spirits, travel, and food writer, restaurant and beverage consultant, and wine and spirits educator. He regularly contributes to Food & Wine,, Whisky Advocate, and SevenFifty Daily, and has contributed to Travel + Leisure, The Bourbon Review, and more. He also hosted wine and spirit pairing segments on the CNN Airport Network. Freedman has traveled extensively throughout the world and the United States to experience the food, drink, and culture for his work. He lives outside of Philadelphia.




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