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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


232: Wine Marketing that Encourages Overdrinking + Sexism in Wine Tasting Tasting Notes

How does slick wine marketing encourage us to drink too much? Has anything really changed in the wine industry in the last ten years since the incidents in the book took place? How is sexism still embedded in wine tasting notes today? What would I advise young women and men entering the wine business today?

I’ll be sharing those stories and more in this special episode of my podcast. My new memoir Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much just launched yesterday, May 9th in Canada. It will launch in the US and around the world June 6th, and it’s also available for pre-order now.

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Why was it particularly difficult to face the challenges of divorce and defamation as the caregiver of a teenage son and an elderly mother?

While this book deals with serious issues, there’s lots of humour. How do you strike a balance between the two?

Do you approach things differently now than before?

Has anything really changed in the wine industry since that time?

What would you say to young women and men who want to enter the wine business?

What does that world without misogyny or sexism look like?

Can you share an example of how sexism is embedded in wine tasting notes?

What’s the difference between sexist, sexy, and sensual writing?

In the book, your partner calls you “princess,” and another writer calls you “sweetheart.” Are you bothered by these?

Throughout your memoir, you describe the slick marketing that encourages women to drink too much. Can you elaborate on this?

Why include stories of women behind wine labels?

You're a supertaster. What does that mean?

If you could be a wine, which one would it be?

What was your most interesting wine experience?

Which wines do you enjoy drinking on your own time these days?

What does terroir mean to you?

What is a guilty pleasure when it comes to pairing wine and food?

What’s in your wine guide for book clubs, wine groups and individual readers, and where can we get it?

How can we find out more about the $397 Bonus Bundle with pre-orders and where to buy the book?

Are there any book launch events coming up?

For those who may be going through difficult times themselves, what advice do you have?

What’s next for you?


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