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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


157: Dom Perignon, Chateau Montelena and Wine for Your Zodiac Sign

What's it like to experience a piece of Dom Pérignon history? Has the legendary California Chardonnay Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay held up in the years since the Judgement of Paris? How can you pair wine with your Zodiac sign?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with wine writer, Gina Birch and broadcaster Julie Glenn, hosts of the Grape Minds podcast.

You can find the wines we discussed at



What makes Spain a great destination for wine lovers?

How did Julie finally become a Lambrusco fan?

Has the legendary Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay held up in the years since the Judgement of Paris?

What can you learn through comparative tastings?

What was it like to experience the history of Dom Pérignon through St. Hilaire Abbey in Limoux?

How can you pair wine with your zodiac sign?

Which controversial Grape Minds interview almost didn’t make it to air?

How has cancer affected Julie's experience with wine?

What are my favourite Pinot Noirs?

Why does Julie believe consolidation of the wine industry is bad for wine?

How can you pair your favourite childhood foods with wine?

What are Gina and Julie's go-to wine books?

Which of Gina and Julie's favourite wine gadgets should you try?

How long should you save "special" wines?


Key Takeaways

I loved Gina’s story about experiencing a piece of Dom Pérignon history. That’s the magical connection between wine and place.

I’m impressed that the legendary California Chardonnay Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay held up in the years since the Judgement of Paris.

I enjoyed Julie pairing wine with your Zodiac sign. It’s uncanny that she picked Pinot Noir for Libras even before we met. As you know, it’s my go-to vino.


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About Gina Birch and Julie Glenn

Gina Birch grew up in Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations from Troy University, in Alabama. Her first job was in radio news, which eventually led her to Fort Myers, Florida, where she hosted a top-rated morning show for almost 15 years. She also started writing about food, wine, spirits and travel for USA Today, the Napa Register and the Fort Myers News-Press.

Julie Glenn earned her Master’s degree in communication from the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont, Italy and is fluent in Italian. She also has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from the University of Missouri. She began her broadcasting career as a reporter/anchor/producer for both CBS and NBC affiliates. Before becoming the News Director at WGCU, the NPR affiliate for southwest Florida, Julie was the regular wine columnist for the Naples Daily News.

Gina and Julie had been friends for years and together they created Grape Minds, a wine podcast that’s also broadcasted on NPR. They talk about the people, culture, and history behind the wines, as well as wine travel and food pairings. They’ve also interviewed some of the best-known people in the wine world and as they note, have only destroyed one soundboard while tasting in the studio.



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