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Unreserved Wine Talk

263 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


241: Why I Don't Review Bad Wines with Luke Whittall of the Sipster's Wine Podcast

Why do I not review bad wines? What’s the difference between sexist, sexy and sensual writing, whether it’s in wine tasting notes or beyond? What are the big differences between wine reviews and articles, and what value does each form give to readers?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm being interviewed by Luke Whittall, host of The Sipster's Wine Podcast.

You can find the wines we discussed at



What’s the difference between sexist, sexy and sensual writing?

Why does getting divorced often force us to reevaluate all facets of our lives?

How is the general style of wine writing changing, and what’s behind the shift?

Why is it essential to be intentional about making space for new voices in the wine world?

How has hosting the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast helped me to grow as a writer?

What do I love most about podcasting?

What does it look like to get to know someone before rushing to judgment on social media?

Why don’t I review bad wines?


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About Luke Whittall

Luke Whittall has worked in cellars, vineyards, and wine shops since 2005. He has authored or co-authored 4 books on wine and is currently a wine instructor at Okanagan College. HIs most recent book, The Sipster’s Pocket Guide to 50 Must-Try BC Wines, Volume 2 (Touchwood Editions 2023) follows up on the success of volume 1 of The Sipster’s Pocket Guide to 50 Must-Try BC Wines, and continues to mark a new direction in wine writing. It features more of the most amazing wines ever produced in British Columbia. His first book, Valleys of Wine: A Taste of British Columbia’s Wine History was published in 2019 and he co-authored the 6th edition of The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide with John Schreiner in 2020.





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