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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


180: Extreme Winemaking, Ontario Wine Gems, Canada's Regions & Grapes

Why is icewine considered extreme winemaking, and what are some weird, but wonderful food pairings for this elixir? Which Canadian wine regions should you visit next? What unusual things can you do at Ontario wineries?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Janina Doyle, sommelier and host of the Eat Sleep Wine Repeat podcast.


You can find the wines we discussed at



What are the major wine regions in Canada?

How does Ontario’s weather impact the types of wine that are produced?

What are the most important characteristics of Canadian Icewine?

Which types of food pair best with Icewine?

How does the late harvest time for Icewine present additional difficulties for winemakers?

What are some of the main attractions of the Ontario wine regions and sub-regions?

How do the Niagara River and Lake Ontario affect the climate in the sub-region around them?

Which innovative and environmentally-friendly methods are the winemakers at Featherstone Estate Winery using to protect their vines?

What are the top grape varieties grown in Ontario?

Where do I think Canadian wine and wineries will go in the future?


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

I’ll be jumping into the comments as we watch it together so that I can answer your questions in real-time.

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About Janina Doyle

Janina Doyle started her wine career in several top-notch restaurants in London, UK, rising from waitress to head sommelier as she completed her WSET diploma. She has spent the last six years creating Eat Sleep Wine Repeat where she offers wine tastings, events and services. She also created the Bromley Wine Society, a local monthly wine group, and her podcast, Eat Sleep Wine Repeat. She is also Brand Ambassador for Ventisquero Wine Estates in Chile.



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