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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


168: Wine's Buzz, Italy's Food Culture and Audrey Hepburn's Influence with Jaime Lewis

Why does a lot of writing about wine ignore the alcoholic buzz? How did Audrey Hepburn kick start our guest’s relationship with wine? What effect can pregnancy have on your palate?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with journalist and podcaster, Jaime Lewis.


You can find the wines we discussed at



How did visions of Audrey Hepburn kick start Jaime’s relationship with wine?

When did Jaime start writing about wine?

Why do wine connoisseurs often avoid talking about the buzz?

Why is Jaime transitioning away from wine writing?

What effect did pregnancy have on Jaime’s palate?

What was the inspiration for Jaime’s podcast, CONSUMED?

Which New Zealand wine left Jaime shocked and inspired?

What makes working in a New Zealand tasting room so different from one in the US?

Why is it so complicated to navigate the wine world as a woman?


Key Takeaways

I like Jaime’s reality take on why the buzz of alcohol in wine is often not mentioned in a lot of wine writing. I, too, wish there was more acknowledgement of wine’s full-bodied sensory experience.

I enjoyed her stories about Italian wine and food culture, with a nod to Audrey Hepburn.

I’m fascinated with the impact pregnancy has on your palate, along with other physical and mental changes from depression to other diseases. It’s all so connected.


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Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wednesday at 7 pm eastern on Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video.

I’ll be jumping into the comments as we watch it together so that I can answer your questions in real-time.

I want to hear from you! What’s your opinion of what we’re discussing? What takeaways or tips do you love most from this chat? What questions do you have that we didn’t answer?

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About Jaime Lewis

Jaime writes, speaks and podcasts about the good life.

After an arts management career that included employment with Architecture New York Magazine, the San Francisco Symphony and the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Jaime chose to follow her nose (and palate) into the wine industry.

When not writing, Jaime podcasts at CONSUMED and teaches journalism at Cal Poly State University.



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