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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


54: What's Minerality in Wine? Plus California Wildfires

What it minerality mean when it comes to wine? Is it a taste? A feeling? Or some bogus concept meant to keep wine mysterious? What’s the latest with the devastating wildfires in Sonoma wine country? Why are winemakers wary of cannabis producers? It’s not what you might think. And what is a new wine group doing to help with a balanced life?

On today's episode of Unreserved Wine Talk, I'm taking a deep dive into the controversial concept of minerality, assessing the impact of recent wildfires on California wine country, discussing the controversy between cannabis producers and winemakers and sharing a resource I recently found for helping you live a balanced life as a wine lover. Enjoy!


  • What impact has the Kincade Fire had on Sonoma County?
  • How will that affect the wines we drink in the future?
  • Which of the Sonoma wineries were affected by the Kincade Fire?
  • Should cannabis producers be allowed to use wine appellations?
  • How is cannabis added to wine?
  • What effects should you expect to feel from drinking cannabis-infused wine?
  • What are you experiencing when wine is described as having great minerality?
  • Does geology influence grapes and wine?
  • What are some simple tips you can use to keep your wine consumption in balance?

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