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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


59: Bargain Wines, Pairing Wine and Artichokes, Wine Region Vacations with the Restaurant Guys Mark Pascal and Francis Schott

What makes a bargain wine? How can you prepare artichokes to be more wine-friendly? Should you plan a trip to Canada's wine regions?

In today’s episode, I’m chatting again with Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, on their excellent radio show The Restaurant Guys. If you missed part one of our conversation, go back to episode 56 after you listen to this one.

Mark and Francis have been in the fine dining and wine retail business for more than 25 years, and co-own Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which the New York Times has ranked in their excellent category and Citysearch named among the Top 10 Restaurants in America and Worth The Drive from any Major City. They also own a second restaurant called Catherine Lombardi as well as the Stage Left Wine Shop.

I wanted to share this one with you because we chat about tips on spotting bargain wines, pairing wine and veggies, including the especially tough match of artichokes, and why Canadian wine regions are excellent places to vacation. This is actually two episodes rolled into one as I’ve been a guest on their show a number of times. Enjoy the episode!


  • How can my mobile wine app make your wine-shopping life much easier?
  • Why do you have to put more effort into finding bargain wines?
  • Which region-based rule can help you find great bargain wines?
  • Where can you find the most vibrant wine destination on the east coast of the US?
  • Do Canadian wine regions make good tourist destinations?
  • Are some wines better suited to certain seasons?
  • Which characteristics can you look for in a good wine to pair with vegetables?
  • Why should you give a toast at your next celebration?

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