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Unreserved Wine Talk

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198: Horizontal and Vertical Tastings with Wines to Find Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester

What’s the single best thing you can do to improve your tasting skills? How can you discover some unusual but delicious food and wine pairings? How does music change the taste of wine?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm interviewing by Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester, hosts of the Wines To Find podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



When did Sandy and Michelle discover their love of wine?

How did a trip to European wine country inspire Sandy and Michelle to start the Wines To Find Podcast?

How do the sisters use YouTube to give their audience added value?

Where did the name “Wines To Find” come from?

How do Sandy and Michelle choose new wines to try in each podcast episode?

How does the Wines to Find scoring system work?

Which online systems does Michelle use to find new wines and wineries she might like?

Is there a grape style over which the sisters disagree?

Who have been Sandy and Michelle’s favourite Wines To Find guests so far?

Can music affect our perception of wine?


Key Takeaways

I love their approach to learning about wine through vertical and horizontal tastings, whether that’s picking maybe one grape, but it's grown in different countries, or perhaps go with one region. It's that side-by-side comparison that is so illustrative of the differences between wines.

They share some interesting tips on how you discover some unusual but delicious food and wine pairings.

I found their insights into how music can change the taste of wine fascinating.


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About Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester

The Wines To Find Podcast was created after the two hosts, sisters Sandy and Michelle, travelled together to France and Italy in 2019. Both sisters are wine enthusiasts that have tracked their wine purchases, palates and pairings for years. As a way to continue the thrill of their European trip and to document their wine journey, they created the Wines To Find Podcast with the goal of spending time together, further growing their palates, and sharing wine stories from guests. Wines To Find features two new wines tasted for the first time by the sisters & guests, who span the spectrum of the wine industry from winemakers, owners, growers, sommeliers, fellow enthusiasts and more.



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