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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


96: Which Wine Pairs Best with Blue Cheese? Janice Beaton Makes the Match

Why are wine and cheese your best bets when entertaining? If you're not a fan of blue cheese, where do you start to acquire a taste for it? How is blue cheese made? Can blue cheese actually have no blue colour? Where should you take a wine-and-cheese themed vacation?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Janice Beaton, owner of Janice Beaton Fine Cheese which was known as Calgary’s best place to buy artisanal, fresh-cut cheeses from around the world.


  • Why are wine and cheese your best bets when entertaining?
  • What is it about Bleu Bénédictin that makes it a cheese you can be especially proud of as a Canadian?
  • How can you ease yourself into the world of blue cheese?
  • Can blue cheese actually have no bluing?
  • Why should you take a wine and cheese vacation?
  • Could you pair Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 with blue cheese?
  • Why does Janice recommend that you try sheep cheese?
  • How does Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 pair with sheep cheese?




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