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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


132: Mature Champagne + Tasting with Robert Parker with Scott Greenberg

What's it like tasting wines with the legendary wine critic Robert Parker? How does food take wine to the next level? What's it like to have dinner with celebrities of the wine world?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with wine journalist and host of the Vine Guy Podcast, Scott Greenberg.

You can find the wines we discussed at



How did a glass of wine at a dinner party change Scott’s life?

What have been the top highlights of Scott’s wine career so far?

How did a surprising phone call lead to Scott partnering up with Robert Parker?

What is Robert Parker’s unique wine tasting process like?

Where did the Vine Guy moniker come from?

How did an old bottle of Champagne open Scott’s eyes to a whole new world of wine?

What differences in taste would you experience in old versus young Champagne?

In what ways has wine played a central role for Scott in meeting several fascinating friends?

How did Scott’s radio voice get him the opportunity to meet French winemaker Christian Moueix?

Why does Scott especially love food and wine pairing?


Key Takeaways

Most of us remember a pivotal wine that changed our lives and drinking habits. I enjoyed hearing about Scott’s aha wine at a dinner party.

I also liked Scott’s story about tasting with the legendary Robert Parker and a sneak peek at that critic’s unique tasting process.

Mature Champagne is a treat worth trying if you haven’t yet.


About Scott Greenberg

Scott Greenberg, also known as “The Vine Guy”, is the host of the “Wine of the Week” show on WTOP radio in Washington, DC and the Vine Guy Podcast. Scott started his career in wine journalism as the syndicated wine columnist for the Washington Journal Newspaper and continues to contribute to Tasting Panel Magazine.

He’s also hosted numerous wine tastings, judged wine competitions and has taught a course on North American Wineries for the Smithsonian Associates program in Washington. Scott is To Kalon Vineyard Specialist and Italian Wine Scholar. He recently relocated from Maryland to Park City, Utah, where he lives with his wife, Cindy, and a rescue dog named Frankie.


Watch Party

Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation that I’ll be live-streaming for the very first time on Zoom on Wednesday, June 16th at 7 pm eastern.

You can save your spot for free right here. 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?


To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit

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