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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


63: Aphrodisiac Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day

Do you need to follow a food and wine pairing rulebook? What wine-worthy aphrodisiacs should you add to your menu this Valentine's Day? Does the classic romantic food, chocolate, have a perfect wine match you should try? Where does salinity in wine come from?

In today’s episode, I’m chatting with you about aphrodisiac wine pairings and salt in wine. Enjoy!

  • What is the most important rule you should remember when choosing wine?
  • Why do you enjoy sparkling wines especially with oysters?
  • Which high-zinc nuts were often prescribed to the love-sick and pair well with Sauvignon Blanc?
  • Can you successfully pair wine with asparagus?
  • How should you pair soft cheeses with wine?
  • What factors should you consider when pairing wine with strawberries and cream?
  • Why should you consider bacon as an aphrodisiac?
  • If you taste some salinity in wine, where does it come from?
  • Should you pay attention to the salinity of vineyard soil?
  • Why shouldn’t you expect additives to be responsible for all of wines tasting notes?
  • What do your taste perceptions with wine mean?

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