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Unreserved Wine Talk

236 EpisodesProduced by Natalie MacLeanWebsite

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


134: Online Courses, Canadian Wine & Weird Pairings with Susie Barrie

What’s my advice for those considering a wine career? How did my biggest career regret happen before I became a wine writer? How has my father’s alcoholism influenced my relationship with wine? How has the pandemic impacted online wine classes? Can you pair ketchup chips with wine?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm sharing my interview on the Wine Blast podcast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Why does Rhône Syrah hold a special place in my memories?

What’s my advice for people considering a wine career?

How did my biggest career regret happen before I became a wine writer?

When was the first major turning point of my career?

What do you need to know about the Canadian wine industry?

How is global warming affecting Canadian wine producers?

Which types of Canadian wines should you try first?

What should you expect from Canadian Rieslings?

When did wine find its way into my life?

How has my father’s alcoholism influenced my relationship with wine?

How has the pandemic impacted online wine classes?

What makes food and wine pairing so exciting?

What’s my top tip for getting started with food and wine pairing?

Can you pair ketchup chips with wine?

How do you pair wine with your favourite activities?

Why did I create the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast?

What can you expect from my upcoming third book?

How can you start getting more comfortable with wine?


About Susie Barrie and Peter Richards Susie and Peter are Masters of Wine who happen to be married to each other. It’s a strange old household, with a constant soundtrack of clinking bottles and glasses. As TV and radio presenters, event hosts, writers, podcasters, authors and consultants, the pair are renowned for their enthusiastic, thoughtful and articulate style, having been described as, ‘Legends: best in the business’ and ‘What a double act: two stars making a killer constellation.’  


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