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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


212: Time Travel via Wine with Dani Shapiro, Bestselling Author of Signal Fires

How do food and wine play a role in Dabi Shapiro's latest bestselling novel, Signal Fires? As a writer, what’s it like to encounter others experiencing your work? Why do certain wines seem to transport us back to a specific moment in time?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Dani Shapiro, bestselling author and host of the Family Secrets podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



Three of you in the U.S. will win a copy of Dani Shapiro's fabulous new book, Signal Fires.


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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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What can you expect from Dani's latest book, Signal Fires?

What makes Dani’s style particularly interesting?

How did the story develop, and what inspired Dani to pick back up where she left off in 2020?

Why was patience such an integral part of Signal Fires becoming successful?

What’s the story behind the real-life CT restaurant that inspired Theo’s restaurant in Signal Fires?

As a writer, what’s it like to experience others reading and being moved by your work?

How do the unconscious connections threaded throughout a work of fiction create opportunities for readers to co-create with the author?

How does Virginia Woolf’s influence show up in Signal Fires?

Why do certain wines seem to transport us back to a specific moment?

What does Dani love most about having her podcast, Family Secrets?


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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.

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About Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of eleven books, and the host and creator of the hit podcast Family Secrets. Her most recent novel, Signal Fires, was named a best book of 2022 by Time Magazine, Washington Post, Amazon, and others, and is a national bestseller. Her most recent memoir, Inheritance, was an instant New York Times Bestseller, and named a best book of 2019 by Elle, Vanity Fair, Wired, and Real Simple. Dani’s work has been published in fourteen languages and she’s currently developing Signal Fires for its television adaptation. Dani’s book on the process and craft of writing, Still Writing, is being reissued on the occasion of its tenth anniversary in 2023. She occasionally teaches workshops and retreats, and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.



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