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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


251: Pinot Noir, the Nervous Breakdown Grape + Navigating Bad Life Vintages with the Boozy Biddies

How do bad vintages in life help us to thrive? Why is Pinot Noir the grape that teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown? How can moderation help to preserve our passion for wine?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Calla Bischoff and Kara Ferreira on their Boozy Biddies Talk Wine podcast.

You can find the wines we discussed at



What makes Wine Witch on Fire different from my first two books?

How do bad vintages in life help us to thrive?

Why is Pinot Noir my favourite grape?

How did the process of writing my memoir help me to heal and connect with others?

Has the wine industry changed in recent years when it comes to women and people of colour?

Why was it important to me to openly share my mental health struggles?

Are there parallels between my experiences in the tech and wine industries?

How can moderation help to preserve your passion for wine?

What types of moderation tips will you find in Wine Witch on Fire?

What do wine professionals need to be aware of when it comes to drinking on the job?

Why is it tricky for many women in the wine industry to navigate professional social situations?

What is it like to go up against stereotypes while trying to build your career in the wine industry?

How has misogyny been threaded throughout wine writing?

Which surprising Rosé food pairing is my guilty pleasure?


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About Calla Bischoff and Kara Ferreira

Calla Bischoff is an east coast kid at heart who has made her way out west where she worked as a wine supplier for seven years. She’s pivoted in the industry, now focusing on selling corks and oak barrels to distilleries around North America, but is physically incapable of staying away from wine even if her sales focus on the harder stuff.

Kara Ferreira is still an East Coast kid – despite being born in California – who grew up drinking Italian wine at home with her Italian family (which, thanks to, we now know is only about 6% Italian). She also took a course on Italian wine while studying abroad, so naturally this makes her an expert.

Together they created Boozy Biddies Talk Wine, a fun and irreverent exploration of wine for people who love drinking it and want to know just a bit more about it.





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