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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


210: Why Pay More for Wine, British Bubbly and Glassware with The Wine Bible's Karen MacNeil

Which new and emerging wine regions should be on your radar to try soon? Why should you pay more for wine? How does glassware change the taste of your wine?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible.


You can find the wines we discussed at



Three of you who are based in the U.S. are going to win a personally signed copy of Karen MacNeil's terrific new book, The Wine Bible.


How to Win

To qualify, all you have to do is email me at and tell me that you’d like to win the book. I’ll select the winners randomly from those who participate.

Good luck!



Which new regions and eras did Karen include in this new edition of The Wine Bible, and why?

After the first edition, what important lesson did Karen take away about planning her writing?

Why was Greece the most difficult region for Karen to research?

How did shipping restrictions make it almost impossible for Karen to sample Canadian wines?

What tragic outcome awaits Vitis vinifera if climate change continues on its current trajectory?

What can we do as wine buyers to help mitigate the impact of climate change?

Why should you pay more for wine?

Which historic food and wine pairings did Karen discover?

What's Karen’s favourite weird wine and food pairing?

Why did Karen create her Flavor First™ Wine Glasses?

Which controversial take does Karen have on wine glasses and food pairing?

Why does Karen have a glass of Champagne every night?

How does Karen ensure she’s drinking and tasting mindfully?

Which political figures would Karen love to share a bottle of wine with?


Key Takeaways

I love the new and emerging wine regions Karen puts on your radar to try, like sparkling wine from England.

She makes a great case for paying more for wine, especially when you do an apples-to-apples comparison between the cost of that overpriced latte and a glass of wine. She’s right that we can’t want to drink super inexpensively and want our wine to be organic, biodynamic, and as natural as it can be at the same time. It doesn't compute financially.

I’m intrigued to try her line of glassware based on flavour rather than grape.


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About Karen MacNeil

One of the foremost wine experts in the United States, Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English Language. In a full-page profile on her, Time magazine called Karen, “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” Karen is the author of the award-winning book THE WINE BIBLE, the single bestselling wine book in the United States, with more than 800,000 copies sold.



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