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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


136: Behind the Scenes of a Travel and Wine Writer's Life with Celine Bossart

What would it be like to visit the most gorgeous wine regions around the world, and get paid to do it? How does the fast-paced schedule of a wine and travel writer impact physical and mental health? How can you pair sweet desserts with wine? What specific impact does sweetness in food have on wines?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with New York wine and spirits journalist, Céline Bossart.

You can find the wines we discussed at



What’s it like to visit exciting new destinations around the world on press trips?

How does the fast-paced schedule of a wine and travel writer impact your physical and mental health?

What was Céline’s best wine-related travel experience?

How can you improve your wine tasting skills?

What rule of thumb should you keep in mind when it comes to wine advice?

How can you pair sweet desserts with wine?

Why does Céline like to play around with liqueurs?

What would Céline be doing if she wasn’t in the wine and spirits industry?


Key Takeaways

I loved listening to Céline's stories about traveling to the most gorgeous wine regions around the world. She was so open both about the perks and the challenges of her life, particularly when it comes to physical and mental health.

She had some great tips on pairing desserts with wine, based on the drying effect that sweetness in food has on wine.

I also enjoyed her tasting tips including not making swirling wine a full-bodied motion.

  Watch Party

Join me for the debut Watch Party of the video of this conversation that I’ll be live-streaming for the very first time on Zoom on Wednesday, July 14th at 7 pm eastern.

You can save your spot for free right here. 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?


About Céline Bossart

Céline Bossart is a New York-based freelance writer, editor, photographer, and digital media specialist in the wine and spirits spaces, and particularly their socio-political dynamics. She’s been published in Eater, Wine Enthusiast, Billboard, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and many more. In her spare time, Céline enjoys drinking wine and binge-watching true crime shows.



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