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Unreserved Wine Talk

238 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


44: Pairing Spicy Food & Wine, Gen X versus Millennial Drinkers

Do you have trouble pairing wine with spicy dishes? What flavours can survive a spicy pairing? How do you pair wine and dishes with a lot of heat like Tex-Mex or vindaloo chicken? Why are Gen Xers so different as wine drinkers than millennials, and how is marketing to them changed? How can you improve your blood pressure and lower your risk of Alzheimer's with wine?

On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk, I'm sharing my tips for finding the right wine for every spicy occasion and exploring both an interesting insight into wine marketing and a fascinating recent study in the world of wine. Enjoy!



  • Why is it tough to pair wine with spicy dishes?
  • What flavours can survive a spicy pairing?
  • Which wines pair well with spicy foods?
  • What wine consumption trends are we seeing with Gen Xers?
  • What differences do we see in how Gen Xers engage with the wine community?
  • What initiatives are being implemented to market to Gen Xers?
  • How is a recent study looking at resveratrol and astronauts?
  • Why does resveratrol have a potentially positive impact on blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease?

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

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