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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


172: Wine Supertasters, Food Pairings and Canadian Palates with XChateau's Robert Vernick & Peter Yeung

What does it mean to be a supertaster? How did wine consumption habits change during the pandemic? Do Canadians have different wine preferences compared to drinkers in other regions? Why is food and wine pairing such a great way to get into the world of wine?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Robert Vernick and Peter Yeung, co-hosts of the XChateau podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



How did I get started in my wine career?

What motivated me to go from wine enthusiast to wine writer?

What does it mean to be a supertaster?

How do I manage my time between all my wine endeavours from books, to TV appearances, to the podcast?

Would wine experts benefit from my wine and food pairing course?

Why are "day in the life" stories often a better way to learn?

What features do wine lovers around the world enjoy with my mobile wine apps?

Are American wines well received in Canada?

How did wine consumption habits change during the pandemic?

Is there a distinguishable Canadian palate when it comes to wine?

Which Canadian wines should you try next, outside of the icewine category?

Why is food and wine pairing such a great way for beginners to ease into the world of wine?

What's unique about Tim Hanni's perspective on food and wine?

How has my business and my focus within it changed over the years?

Why are wine scores helpful despite lacking nuance?

What value is shared with subscribers through my newsletter?

Why is visiting vineyards one of my favourite ways to learn about wine?

What's the best way to learn more about Canadian wines?


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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.

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About Robert Vernick and Peter Yeung

Robert Vernick and Peter Yeung co-host the XChateau podcast that features insights, analysis, and perspectives on news and trends in the wine industry beyond winemaking, such as marketing, finance, and consumer trends.

Robert is a noted wine blogger who holds the WSET Diploma. Peter is a wine business consultant and the award-winning author of Luxury Wine Marketing published by Infinite Ideas in Oxford, U.K. He was named one of Wine Business Monthly's 2020 Wine Industry Leaders.



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