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Unreserved Wine Talk

237 EpisodesProduced by Natalie MacLeanWebsite

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


225: Pinot Noir's Heartbreaking Beauty and Moderation Tips with Wines to Find

Which aspects of the Beamsville Bench make it particularly suited for growing grapes for wine? Why is Pinot Noir called the heartbreak grape? What are some ways for wine professionals and wine lovers to moderate their consumption?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester, hosts of the Wines To Find podcast.

You can find the wines we discussed at



What makes podcasting such a powerful medium?

Which aspects of the Beamsville Bench make it particularly suited for growing grapes for wine?

What does Thirty Bench Small Lot Pinot Noir taste like and which food pairings work well?

How does Trader Joe's Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir stack up as a $10 wine?

Why is Pinot Noir my heartbreak grape?

How did my taste in wine evolve over the years?

How does climate impact the acidity of grapes?

What will you learn in my free wine and food pairing class?

How can you pair foods with wine according to the texture?

What intrigued Sandy about the Oregon Wine Company's Rascal Pinot Noir label?

How could all wine lovers benefit if wine labels had ingredient/nutrition labels?

What are the benefits of QR codes on wine labels?

What can you expect from Oregon Wine Company's Rascal Pinot Noir?

What do you need to consider when tasting multiple wines?

How did I use a “do the thing” approach when writing my first two wine books?

Which simple tip can you use to find excellent wine at bargain prices?

What can you expect from my upcoming memoir centered on the worst vintage of my life?

How is wine marketed differently to men versus women?

Why is it important to me to take a closer look at my consumption and participation in the negative aspects of wine culture?


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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 Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester

The Wines To Find Podcast was created after the two hosts, sisters Sandy and Michelle, travelled together to France and Italy in 2019. Both sisters are wine enthusiasts that have tracked their wine purchases, palates and pairings for years. As a way to continue the thrill of their European trip and to document their wine journey, they created the Wines To Find Podcast with the goal of spending time together, further growing their palates, and sharing wine stories from guests. Wines To Find features two new wines tasted for the first time by the sisters & guests, who span the spectrum of the wine industry from winemakers, owners, growers, sommeliers, fellow enthusiasts and more.




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