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Unreserved Wine Talk

262 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


233: Best Wine & Food Pairing Tips + California Wines with Chuck Cramer

Which California wine should be at the top of your must-try list? Which simple tips can you use to identify successful food and wine pairings? What should you know before starting a podcast?

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



Why did I start the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast?

What was the motivation behind Chuck creating On The Road With Mr CA Wine?

Why was time the biggest challenge in producing my podcast?

How do you keep content fresh over hundreds of episodes?

What are my favourite wine tips?

How can you use the butter/lemon test to help with food and wine pairing?

What’s the weirdest successful food pairing I’ve had with Rosé

How can food alter your perception of a wine’s taste?

What makes asparagus and artichoke difficult to pair with wine?

What do you need to know about the Canadian wine industry?

Which Canadian wines should be on your must-try list?

Are California wines popular in Canada?

How has my perception of California wines changed over the past 10 years?

Why is Paso Robles at the top of my list of California wine regions to visit?

What's the best-value California wine I’ve tasted recently?

What advice would I give to someone thinking of starting a podcast?

As a child, what did I want to be when I grew up?

If I could have any celebrity guest on my podcast, who would it be?

If money’s no object, which bottle of California wine would I open with dinner tonight?


Join me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube Live

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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