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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


38: Getting Hammered: Wine Auction Guide to Survival

Did you know that wine auctions are on the rise, both as fundraisers and as commercial ways to buy and sell your cellar stash?

On this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with you about why auctions are increasing in popularity, their fascinating back story, and how you can participate in them without having a multimillion-dollar trust fund.

If you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published, please also join me on CTV News as we’ll be chatting about two of the world’s most popular wines, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, including which ones to buy now. If you can’t tune in, then join my wine-happy community at and I’ll send you the link to the videos of these two segments.

Enjoy the episode!



  • Are the sky-high bids we often hear about a standard occurrence at wine auctions?
  • Why do wine auctions make such good fundraisers?
  • How do the results of wine auctions impact the wider wine world?
  • Is there more to wine auctions than investing and collecting?
  • What are the risks of buying wine at auctions?
  • What should you look for when inspecting wine before the auction?

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

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