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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


216: Tradeoff Between Taste & Alcohol, Chardonnay, California Wine Values with Chuck Cramer

What’s the tradeoff between flavour and alcohol? How does Chardonnay lend itself to unusual food pairings? Where do you find great value in California wine?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Chuck Cramer, host of On The Road With Mr CA Wine.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Who were Chuck’s most memorable podcast guests and why?

Who would be Chuck’s dream guests for his podcast?

Why does Chuck consider Lodi to be the most underrated California wine region?

How does the style of The Federalist Chardonnay differ from Sanford Chardonnay?

Which non-traditional food pairings could you try with The Federalist Chardonnay?

What’s the weirdest wine and food pairing Chuck ever had?

Which classic childhood food would Chuck pair with The Federalist Chardonnay?

What’s Chuck’s controversial take on the natural wine movement?

Why are low-alcohol wines less flavourful?

Why is The American Vintage Chuck’s favourite wine book?

How can you keep your wine fresh when you don’t want to finish the bottle?

Which unlikely celebrity trio would Chuck like to share a bottle of wine with?

If Chuck could have a billboard in California, what would it say?

What wine would Chuck want to be served at his funeral?


Key Takeaways

Chuck gives a great explanation for the tradeoff between flavour and alcohol.

I love Chuck’s unusual pairings for Chardonnay.

Chuck gives some great tips about finding excellent value in California wine.


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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.

I want to hear from you! What’s your opinion of what we’re discussing? What takeaways or tips do you love most from this chat? What questions do you have that we didn’t answer?

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About Chuck Cramer

Chuck Cramer is a 4th generation Los Angeleno, living in London for the past 22 years. In addition to hosting a wine podcast dedicated to CA wine, On The Road With Mr CA Wine, Chuck is the director of European sales & marketing for Terlato Wines, managing a gorgeous portfolio of CA wines across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He’s also the proud dad of two beautiful women, plays tennis four times a week and bleeds Dodger Blue!



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