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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


129: Champagne Widows + Are Expensive Wines Worth It?

Are wines that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle ever worth the price? Does deepening your understanding of wine increase your enjoyment of wine? Who were the young widows who built the famous Champagne houses into top luxury brands? How can you use the butter/lemon test to help with food and wine pairing?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm sharing part two of my interview on the All About Wine podcast with Ron Hunt.

You can find the wines we discussed at


  • Are high-end wines like Domaine Romanée-Conti worth their price?
  • When is it worth it to go for the $30 bottle of wine instead of the $500 bottle?
  • How does deepening your understanding of wine improve your experience?
  • How can you use the butter/lemon test to help with food and wine pairing?
  • What fascinating stories are behind the Merry Widows of Mousse?
  • How did I develop my interviewing skills?
  • Why is storytelling so important?
  • Why do I embrace the enthusiastic amateur mindset?


About All About Wine and Ron Hunt

All About Wine is a weekly call-in talk show dedicated to the wine industry that's been on the air since 2009. Host Ron Hunt brings his experience and knowledge as a winemaker, cellar master, and vineyardist and tasting expert to the airwaves with special guests from around the world. Always informative and's All About Wine.


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