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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


45: Thanksgiving Wines, Mouse Wine Defect, Trends to Ignore

For those of us in Canada, Thanksgiving is this weekend. In my opinion, there is no other holiday that celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving. Wine is a taste of the harvest, along with all the delicious dishes on the table. But actually choosing a bottle can feel like a thankless task, especially with so many flavours to match. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving, perhaps in November if you’re American?

On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk,  I’ll be chatting with you about how to pair wine with Thanksgiving turkey and all the side dishes, as well as the new defect in wine called mouse, and which wine trends you should definitely ignore. Enjoy!



  • How does the wine defect "mouse" affect wine?
  • What conditions contribute to the development of mouse?
  • How does some natural wine advocates’ approach to “spoilage factors” differ?
  • What do some winemakers attribute to the presence of the mouse defect?
  • Why does acidity in wine make it pair better with food?
  • Which wines pair the best with turkey?
  • What are some complementary and contrasting pairings for Thanksgiving side dishes?
  • How can you pair wine with Thanksgiving desserts?
  • What are some natural and orange wine trends you should ignore?
  • Why do I think sulphur is misunderstood?
  • What do I think about CBD wines?

To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit the show notes.

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