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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


217: Flavour versus Taste Plus Uruguay Wines with Nell McShane Wulfhart

How does telling your dinner party guests a few details about the wine you're serving dramatically change their perception of its taste? Should you add wines from Uruguay to your must-taste list? What’s the difference between flavour and taste?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with author and journalist Nell McShane Wulfhart.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Three of you will win a copy of Nell McShane Wulfhart's terrific book, Off Menu.

To qualify, all you have to do is email me at and tell me that you’d like to win the book. I’ll select the winners randomly from those who participate.

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Which shocking discoveries did Nell make while researching The Great Stewardess Rebellion?

What do you need to know about wines from Uruguay?

How can our other senses impact our perception of the taste of food and beverages?

What’s the difference between taste and flavour?

How does sound affect our perception of what we’re tasting?

What do we know about how supertasters experience taste and flavour differently from others?

Why should you use the retronasal smell?

What simple trick can you use to amplify your experience of dark chocolate?

What impact does our knowledge of a specific wine have on the tasting experience?

What simple strategy can we use to improve our dinner party guests’ experience?

How do extrasensory cues impact flavour and enjoyment?

Why should you add a squeeze of limes or lemons to your food?

Why do ice cream companies add certain scents to their packaging?

What effect does loud music or noise have on your sense of taste?

Should you serve your best wine first or last at a dinner party?


Key Takeaways

I love Nell’s advice to share a few details about a wine with your dinner party guests as it will dramatically change their perception of its taste.

I’m more keen now to taste more wines from Uruguay, especially Tannat.

I found Nell’s explanation of the difference between flavour and taste fascinating.


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About Nell McShane Wulfhart

Nell McShane Wulfhart is a decision coach and author. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Guardian, and many other outlets. Her most recent book, The Great Stewardess Rebellion - about how flight attendants in the 1960s and 70s staged a revolution for working women everywhere. The Wall Street Journal described it as exhilarating and wrote that “Wulfhart is a vivid storyteller who writes with energy and style.” Nell’s audiobook, Off Menu, is about the secret science of food, drinks, and the dining experience.



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