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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


47: Behind the Scenes: A Wine Writer's Life

When I attend a social event that’s outside the wine industry and I’m asked about my job, I often joke that I drink for a living. After I clarify that I write about wine, I usually get questions about what exactly that involves and some misconceptions about drinking Champagne all day in between planning luxe trips to Tuscany and Napa Valley. However, it’s not all beer and Skittles, rainbows and unicorns.

On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk, I thought that since there’s always been quite a bit of curiosity about what I do, I’ll take you behind the scenes with a day-in-the-life of a wine writer. Seven days in fact. I’m going to record a short update each day, and let you know what I do that’s related to my job, plus a few personal details so that we get to know each other better. Enjoy!



  • Why did I decide to do an episode to share how I spend my days?
  • How does my podcast find its way to your earbuds?
  • What was I invited to appear on Global Television’s Morning Show and CTV’s The Social?
  • Why were four cases of wine delivered in one day?
  • How do I approach wine tasting for reviews?
  • How do I prepare for bigger tastings?
  • How can you improve your wine shopping experience?
  • What’s the status of my third book and how is it going to be different from my first two? 

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

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