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Unreserved Wine Talk

238 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


51: Wine for Normal People with Elizabeth Schneider

I’m chatting with Elizabeth Schneider, who has just published her first book called Wine for Normal People. Elizabeth also hosts one of the popular wine podcasts, Wine for Normal People. She’s a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and co-founder of Underground Wine Events, which brings together wine lovers with terrific, small wineries around the US. She talks and thinks about wine in a practical, often tongue-in-cheek way and her info-packed classes and tastings are always informative and fun, never overwhelming and dry.

Meanwhile, I’m getting amazing feedback from wine lovers who are taking my new, free online video wine class called The 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Dinner and how to fix them forever. You’ll learn about that plus about my new in-depth, paid course called The Wine Smart Course: A Full-Bodied Framework to Taste, Pair and Buy Wines like a Pro. Enjoy!


  • What are “normal” people when it comes to wine?
  • How are wine and table grapes different?
  • How can you identify regions that produce crisp wines with the jacket-in-summer question?
  • Are the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier programs professional designations or private clubs?
  • What misconception about the lake effect often gets repeated by wine experts?
  • How is Elizabeth’s new book, Wine for Normal People, different from all other wine books?
  • Why would Dom Perignon disapprove of the bubbles in Champagne?
  • What winemaking accident created the effervescence in Champagne?

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