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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


80: What's the Rosé Lifestyle? Wine Writer Jill Barth on Why You'd Enjoy It

How did Provence become known as the heartland of Rosé? What does it mean to be part of the Rosé lifestyle? Why should you take a trip to the Provence wine region? Does the colour of Rosé give you a clue into its taste? Which unexpected but mouthwatering food pairing should you try with your next glass of Rosé?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with wine writer Jill Barth, who is also a Provence Wine Master through the Wine Scholar Guild.


  • How can you describe the Rosé lifestyle?
  • Why is Rosé perfect for you to enjoy year-round?
  • What tasting profile should you expect with Tavel Rosé?
  • How did Provence become the heartland of Rosé?
  • Why will travelling to Provence have you feeling like your inside a storybook?
  • How do the appellations affect which types of Rosé you can get from Provence?
  • What does the paleness of Rosé tell you about it?
  • How can you describe the colour of Rosé, using the official terminology??
  • What's unique about Oeil de Perdrix?
  • Why was Jill drawn to focus on Provence in particular?
  • What Provence and wine-related themes should you expect in Jill's forthcoming novel?
  • Can you consider all pink wines to equivalent to Rosé?
  • Why did Chateau d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel Rosé become so popular in Canada?
  • What unique traits can you look out for on bottles of Rosé?
  • Why should you consider wine as a barometer of how we live?
  • How can you pair Rosé with food?
  • Should you pair poutine with a glass of Rosé?
  • How does the mistral influence French winemaking?
  • Why has it never been a better time for you to be a wine enthusiast?
  • Which less popular wines should you give a try?
  • How are American wine regions evolving?
  • How can you take advantage of wine auctions without leaving home?
  • Why is a decanter Jill's favourite wine gadget?


About Jill Barth

Jill Barth is a writer focused on wine creators – with culture, food, community, ecology, and travel, pivotal to the stories in her contributor column at Forbes digital. She is also a Provence Wine Master through the Wine Scholar Guild and received a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.

Jill is the founder and author of L’Occasion, a blog that honours the ways we drink, make, and contemplate wine. L’Occasion was awarded the Best Overall and Best Writing from the prestigious Wine Blog Awards and was a finalist for Millesima’s Blog Awards in food and wine pairing. Jill is also a wine country travel expert panellist and contributor for USA TODAY’s 10Best. Her work has appeared in Decanter, Palate Press, Luxe Provence, Courrier International, Provence WineZine, and Perfectly Provence.

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