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Unreserved Wine Talk

236 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


55: Pairing Gift Wines with Personalities

Why does wine make such an ideal holiday gift? Which wines are the best to give, especially when you don’t know the personal taste of the recipient? Are there some wines you should never give as a gift beyond Two Buck Chuck? How can you match the gift wine to the personality of the giftee?

We’re always talking about pairing wine and food, but how about pairing wine with the people on your holiday gift list? After all, when you give the gift of wine, doubles are fine unlike toaster ovens, there are no wrong sizes unlike that ugly sweater and regifting is so much easier compared to fruit cake or a bathroom scale. On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk, I'm sharing some special bottles for those special people on your shopping list. Enjoy!

  • Why should you give wine as a gift?
  • What makes bubbly the perfect wine for you to bring to a dinner party?
  • Which blue-chip wine has the perfect price-quality ratio for a gift to your financial planner?
  • Where should you look for a zesty wine with a backstory to gift your travel agent?
  • What characteristics make a great gift wine for your hairdresser?
  • Who would make the perfect recipient for a tasteful wine from one of the fastest-growing wine regions?
  • Which robust red wine can you gift to a fitness enthusiast without worry?
  • How can you make sure to pick a gift wine that stands up to analysis for your therapist?
  • Which California wines can you rely on for your online date?
  • What consistent red wine can be enjoyed come snow, rain, sleet or heat?
  • Which imaginative wine choices should you consider for your mechanic?
  • Which wine will pair perfectly with your Christmas spirit?

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