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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


199: Wine Temperatures and Tasting Tricks with Wines to Find Sandy Dawkins and Michelle Lester

Are you drinking your wine at the wrong temperature? Which wine gadgets will help you explore new wines without overindulging? Why should you breathe out through your nose after sipping 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



Which dishes do Sandy and Michelle love to cook and which wines make great pairings?

What are the sisters’ all-time favourite wine and food pairings?

Where are Sandy and Michelle’s favourite places to enjoy a glass of wine?

What makes the tasting experience of Kinero Cellars Alice Grenache Blanc particularly enjoyable?

What’s the flavour profile of Sperling Vineyards Pinto Gris?

Which foods can you pair with Kinero Cellars Alice Grenache Blanc?

Which wine gadgets are Sandy and Michelle’s favourite?

What controversial wine opinions do the sisters hold?

What were the memorable smells from Sandy and Michelle’s childhood?

Which favourite childhood food would Sandy and Michelle now pair with wine?

What are Sandy and Michelle’s favourite wine books?

How can you choose the right wine to gift?

In a dream world, who would Sandy and Michelle want to share a bottle of wine with?

Which red wine warning would Sandy and Michelle want to put on a downtown billboard?

What are Sandy and Michelle’s top tips for improving your wine enjoyment?


Key Takeaways

I loved their tips on drinking wine at the right temperature and breathing out through your nose after you sip it for maximum pleasure.

They also had some great suggestions for gadgets will help you explore new wines without overindulging.

And I couldn’t agree more that sparkling wine is the perfect wine for gifting as well as pairing with fries.


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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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