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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


204: Canadian Wines, Grapes & Styles with Drink Adventures' James Atkinson

Is Icewine the major part of Canada’s wine industry? How does Icewine compare to other dessert wines like Sauternes? How has climate change impacted Canadian winemaking?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by James Atkinson, drinks journalist and host of the Drinks Adventures podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



Is Icewine still a major part of Canada’s wine industry?

What makes the process of harvesting grapes for Icewine so unique?

How does Icewine compare to other dessert wines like Sauternes?

How has the Canadian wine industry evolved over the years since the opening of our first commercial winery in the late 70s?

Where are the most established wine regions and varieties in Canada?

Which unique Canadian signature elements will you recognize compared to Old World wines?

How has climate change impacted Canadian winemaking?

Why did I start Unreserved Wine Talk?

What have been some of my highlights from the past four years of conversations on the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast?

How is my upcoming memoir different from my first two books?

Which darker aspects of the wine industry do I explore in my memoir?

Are Australian wines popular in Canada?


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About James Atkinson

James Atkinson is the creator of the Drinks Adventures podcast and winner of Best Podcast at the Australian Wine Communicator Awards 2021. A lover of all fine drinks, James was previously editor of Australian Brews News and drinks industry publication TheShout. A Certified Cicerone® (beer sommelier) and two-time winner of the Australian International Beer Awards prize for Best Media, James has judged at several prestigious beer competitions. As a journalist, he has contributed to publications including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Halliday, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Good Food, Selector and more.




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