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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


171: Chilean Wine in the Driest Place on Earth & England's Storied Wine History with Janina Doyle

Are you curious about British wines and their history that dates back to King Henry VIII? How is wine made in the driest place on Earth and where is that exactly? Are stemless wine glasses better than traditional stemware?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Janina Doyle, sommelier and host of the Eat Sleep Wine Repeat podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



How are English wines connected to King Henry VIII and the Domesday Book?

Which wine makes a great pairing with classic English fish and chips?

What English wine brands should you look for on North American shelves?

How do you use Coravin wine preservation systems?

What does Janina love about Hush Heath Estate Balfour Luke's Pinot Noir?

What are suitcase clones and where do they show up in the wine world?

Which hallmarks should be present in a good quality Pinot Noir?

Can you pair Pinot Noir with fish or chicken?

What critical tip should you keep in mind when choosing a corkscrew?

How can you open your wine like a professional?

How did the Pais grape variety end up in Chile?

What’s the tasting profile of Ventisquero País Moscatel like?

Why shouldn’t you chill an oaked wine?

How is viticulture possible in the driest desert on Earth?

What features should you look for in a good wine glass?

Why does Janina prefer stemless wine glasses?

Which wine would Janina now pair with her favourite birthday cake from childhood?

Which person outside of the wine world would Janina most want to share a bottle of wine with?


Key Takeaways

British wines have a fascinating history dating back to King Henry VIII. Now that was a man who enjoyed his food and drink.

It was interesting to hear how wine is made in the driest place on Earth in Chile. I look forward to trying some of those wines.

The debate about stemless wine glasses versus traditional stemware continues.


Join me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube Live Video

Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wednesday at 7 pm eastern on Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video.

I’ll be jumping into the comments as we watch it together so that I can answer your questions in real-time.

I want to hear from you! What’s your opinion of what we’re discussing? What takeaways or tips do you love most from this chat? What questions do you have that we didn’t answer?

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You could win a 1-hour online masterclass with Janina Doyle. The class will be tailored to you, which wines you have access to, and what you want to learn about. You can have the class just for yourself, or gather a whole group together.


How to Win

To qualify, all you have to do is email me at and tell me that you heard about this giveaway on the podcast. I’ll select the winner randomly from those who participate.

I’ll select the winner randomly from those who participate. You get a bonus entry for every wine-loving friend you tag and if you re-share this post in your stories.

Good luck!


About Janina Doyle

Janina Doyle started her wine career in several top-notch restaurants in London, UK, rising from waitress to head sommelier as she completed her WSET diploma. She has spent the last six years creating Eat Sleep Wine Repeat where she offers wine tastings, events and services. She also created the Bromley Wine Society, a local monthly wine group, and her podcast, Eat Sleep Wine Repeat. She is also Brand Ambassador for Ventisquero Wine Estates in Chile.



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