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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


218: Music Changes Wine's Taste + Restaurant Table Shape & How Much We Eat with Nell McShane Wulfhart

How does the shape of a restaurant table impact how much you eat? How can you use your music playlist to complement your menu? Which types of songs can make your wine taste more acidic?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with journalist Nell McShane Wulfhart.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Three of you will win a copy of Nell McShane Wulfhart's terrific book, Off Menu. To qualify, all you have to do is email me at and tell me that you’d like to win the book. I’ll select the winners randomly from those who participate.

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How can you help guests to feel more comfortable at a gathering?

What simple tips can you use to avoid lingering guests at your next dinner party?

How can you use lighting throughout a party to influence guests’ experiences?

Which types of songs can make your Pinot Noir or other wines tastes more acidic?

Why does music have a bigger impact on complex beverages like coffee and wine?

How can you use your music playlist to complement your menu?

Why do our palate and preferences change when we’re on a plane?

Can we hear the difference between various types of beverages just from the sound of the pour?

Why are white wine glasses better than flutes for drinking bubbly?

How does the shape of the table in a restaurant affect our dining experience?

How do the shape and texture of food affect how satisfied you feel?

Which wine bottle characteristics make the most impact on wine buyers?

How does the choice of bottle and packaging affect the environmental footprint of wine?

How do health claims on food and wine packaging influence our perception?

How is scent marketing being used outside of the food and beverage industry?


Key Takeaways

I loved finding out how the shape of a restaurant table impacts how much we eat and how long we stay in a restaurant.

I also found it interesting how I can use my music playlist to complement my menu.

I like knowing which types of songs can make my wine taste more acidic.


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About Nell McShane Wulfhart

Nell McShane Wulfhart is a decision coach and author. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Guardian, and many other outlets. Her most recent book, The Great Stewardess Rebellion - about how flight attendants in the 1960s and 70s staged a revolution for working women everywhere. The Wall Street Journal described it as exhilarating and wrote that “Wulfhart is a vivid storyteller who writes with energy and style.” Nell’s audiobook, Off Menu, is about the secret science of food, drinks, and the dining experience.



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