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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


34: Seafood Pairings, Flying Corks, Sober Curious

This past Friday, in a scene not unfamiliar to Champagne lovers everywhere, one Wimbledon spectator lost control of his cork, which then made it's way onto the court and stopped the men’s match. But not to worry, I've got you covered.  On today's episode, I'm sharing the exact method you can use to avoid disaster when opening your bubbly.

We're also going to talk about another challenge for many wine lovers - pairing wine with seafood. From cod to oysters, salmon and more, I'm giving you my best insider tips to help you find a pairing you'll love. Finally, we're going to explore the new trend of sober curious wine drinkers as reported in the New York Times recently. This last bit is controversial, and I get real honest about my own drinking.


  • How did Champagne corks end up on the court during a Wimbledon match?
  • What's the right way to open a bottle of bubbly?
  • What wine pairings do I recommend for white fish, salmon, meaty fish and oysters?
  • Are there any insider tips for pairing wine and seafood?
  • Why am I so intrigued by the concept of sober curious?
  • How do I think about alcoholism?
  • Why do I think an interesting life is lived in the grey zone?
  • What role does wine and moderation play in gender-related issues?

To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit the show notes.

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