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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


148: Behind the Scenes of Wine Writing + Wine Trends with Elizabeth Schneider

What are the latest trends in wine, from blue wines to raw wines? And should you be drinking them? Why are high-tech and wine a perfect pairing? What's it like behind the scenes of the wine writing industry? How do you recover from devastating professional and personal attacks?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Elizabeth Schneider on the Wine For Normal People podcast.

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What happy accident introduced me to the world of great wines?

How did I go from visiting wineries on the weekend to becoming a wine writer?

Why do I think wine and tech are a perfect pairing?

What was unusual about my journey to publishing my first book?

How have I used storytelling as a common theme throughout my work?

What’s the real story behind the challenges and attacks I faced in 2021?

How do Canadian and American wine palates compare?

Which Canadian wine region am I most excited about right now?

Where can you find the best Canadian Pinot Noir?

Why is it so difficult to access Canadian wine in Canada?


About Elizabeth Schneider

After graduating from Wesleyan University (CT) and starting my career in Boston, Elizabeth quickly realized that her heart was more in her hobby than in her high-tech job. Trips to the wine shop often yielded awesomely poor (but hilarious) results, so Elizabeth and her sister finally took a course at the Boston Center for Adult Education to learn how to taste and appreciate wine. And that kicked it all off.

A stint in St. John in the Caribbean to wait tables and just unwind for 8 months (yes, I quit my high-tech corporate job, packed two bags, and hopped on a plane), was followed by a great two years completing my MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where she met M.C. Ice, her podcast partner, and husband) and since then her career has been solely about wine.


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