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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


227: Diversity in the Wine Industry + Vermentino Food Pairings with Sommelier Tonya Pitts

Why is Vermentino such a great wine to pair with food, and which dishes pair best with it? What are the markers and nuances in wine that are tied to a specific place? How is the wine industry changing when it comes to diversity, and what still needs to be done?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Sommelier of the Year, Tonya Pitts.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Why is mentoring so important to Tonya and which organizations is she involved with?

How is the wine industry changing when it comes to diversity?

Why did Tonya create Women in Wine?

How can each of us help to move the wine industry forward with diversity and inclusion?

What makes Château de Chamirey Mercurey Blanc so refreshing?

Why does Tonya especially love Vermentino?

Which types of wine pair best with food?

How do zesty whites stimulate the tastebuds?

Which controversial opinion does Tonya have about terroir and tasting?

Which unexpected red wine pairings pleasantly surprised Tonya?


Key Takeaways

I have so much respect for Tonya’s leadership in the wine industry on so many dimensions from diversity to mentorship. She walks her talk.

It’s surprising that women still comprise only 20% of winemakers in the industry. Tonya has some great suggestions on how the industry needs to continue its efforts for inclusion.

I can’t wait to try Tonya’s suggested pairings for Vermentino, my mouth is already watering thinking of this zesty white Italian wine.


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Join the live-stream video of this conversation on Wed at 7 pm ET on Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video or YouTube Live Video.

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About Tonya Pitts

Tonya Pitts is the Sommelier and Wine Director at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco and she has been crowned 2022 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Sommelier of the Year. Tonya has been a notable mogul within the wine industry for over 30 years. Outside of her Wine Enthusiast recognition, she was recently inducted into the Hall of Femmes (an award that requires being nominated by other women), awarded membership for Les Dames D’Escouffier, added to the advisory board of Women in Wine’s Leadership Symposium, and has become an integral contributor to Wine Unify.




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