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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, the zany tactics of a winemaker who hosted a funeral for cork, and more. Nestled in these colourful stories are practical tips on how to choose wine from a restaurant list, pair it with food and ...
 
The UK Wine Show is all about wine and the UK wine scene. We interview winemakers, consumers, wine bar owners, scientists, you name it, if it is about wine in the UK we will cover it. Almost all good wine from around the world washes up on these shores so we'll find out more about the people behind the wines that are making a splash.
 
Food and beverage industry insiders Melanie Young and David Ransom connect you to the people and stories in the world of eating, drinking, hospitality and travel. Hear from chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, farmers, sommeliers, mixologists, authors, educators and more. Discover new places and go behind-the-scenes. Melanie and David are an insatiably curious culinary couple who bring a delicious new approach to exploring the pleasures of the palate. #connectedtable @connectedtable Wednesdays, 2 ...
 
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Natalie MacLean is Canada's and North America's go-to online wine educator, an award-winning wine journalist and author of "Red, White & Drunk All Over" and "Unquenchable: A Tipsy Guide for the World's Best Bargain Wines." She discusses wines for hard to pair foods and suggests Canadian wines to try. Buffalo (NY)'s food scene is more than its iconi…
 
Food blogger and Instagram personality (@peaslovencarrots), Danielle Renov discusses her debut cookbook, "Peas, Love & Carrots." Inspired by Danielle's Sephardic and Ashkenazi heritage and growing up in New York, the book's 250+ recipes are infused with the marriage of cultures and traditions. Danielle now lives in Israel with her husband, Eli, and…
 
Why does cheese, like wine, spark obsession? Why do certain wines and cheeses have a similar flavour profile? What makes Canadian cheeses unique? Do different types of cows' milk produce different flavours in cheese? How do you pair goat cheeses with wine? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Janice Beaton, owner o…
 
Starting off with some fun facts about the movie Major League. I then discuss some important news this week. Is it time to move on from Luke, should we be worried about the Mets in the coming seasons? Plus much more. I then read some of the crazy post from Braves Facebook that are so unbelievably bad, you have to listen!I break down three players t…
 
Kelly Fields Chef/Owner of Willa Jean restaurant and bakery in New Orleans, shares her expertise and creative twists on baking in "The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes & Pies,” written with @KateHeddings. New York's #Niagara wine region has a long growing season thanks to the "lake effect," says vintner Jim Baker, owner of…
 
What would it look like for you to pitch a winery on Dragon's Den versus The Big Decision? What are the creative similarities between writing a book and making a wine? What's the difference between being financially versus creatively invested in a company? What are the three pillars of principled persuasion in business and life? In this episode of …
 
This week's fun fact about Expos retired numbers. This week's Braves news and hoping the rotation is coming together. Braves who are hot and not the past week. A sad story about Willard Hershberger, who is the first player to commit suicide during the middle of a season. Plus this week's PUb's.Twitter-@High_and_Inside…
 
What's the difference between a Master of Wine (MW) and a Master Sommelier (MS)? How can you take advantage of your surroundings to become a better wine taster? Is there a benefit to focusing on tasting notes instead of scores? What is involved in each of the stages of the MW exam? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting w…
 
I discuss an interesting fun fact about Tom Seaver, comparing his WAR with the Reds, compared to the players the Mets received from the Reds and their combined career WAR.I then discuss the passing of Tom Seaver and Lou Brock and their career accomplishments. I discuss some of the key Braves happenings from the past week and I ponder the idea of Ch…
 
Melanie and David broadcast live from historic Hermann J. Wiemer Estate in New York's Finger Lakes on the first day of harvest, visiting with vintner-partners Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke. A native of Germany, Hermann Wiemer opened his winery in 1979; on the shores of Lake Seneca. How has culinary education adapted in the wake of the COVID-19 pand…
 
What should you consider when pairing wine and cheese? Why is sparkling wine the perfect pairing for many cheeses? Are there red-flag flavours that signal a bad wine and cheese match? How can you develop your wine and cheese pairing palate? What can you do to make the most of your cheese and wine course when entertaining? In this episode of the Unr…
 
Sarah Tiana joins the show and we had a really fun chat. Sarah has appeared on episodes of Reno 911. She was the runner up in the Comedy Central Roast Battle. She's had her own Comedy Central special. She has worked as a writer for Jeff Ross and Comedy Central's celebrity roast. She co-hosted a podcast with Rob Riggle. She was currently working on …
 
I have something special for Phillies fans to begin the show. I discuss the frustration I had with the Braves, last week. Ian Anderson's amazing first career start, plus more baseball chat. I remember actor Chadwick Boseman and play an audio clip of him discussing his role as Jackie Robinson.I'm then joined by Jeff, from the Two Strike Noise podcas…
 
How did The Wine Bible get its name? How was it unlike any wine book of its time? What was it like as a young woman trying to break into the male-dominated New York wine scene in the 1970s? Why are there significantly fewer women than men with the Master Sommelier designation? How does wine help you to immerse yourself in other cultures? In this ep…
 
Alice Paillard's ancestors have been growers in Champagne since 1704. In 1981 her father, Bruno Paillard, broke with tradition to found his own Champagne house to produce wines known for their complex blending and longer aging. Alice now works with Bruno as Co Director. Cooking was always a passion for fashion executive, Ann Ogden Gaffney, but afte…
 
Pache is called up and gets his first big league hit! I rant about the absurdness of unwritten rules and the recent Tatis Jr. grand slam topic. Was Curt Schilling arrested this week or did the news report something untrue? Good news about Cal Ripken Jr.I'm joined by a friend this week to go over some of the most absurd Braves takes from social medi…
 
Why should you pair wine to the diner, not the dinner? Do you always have to follow the "rules" when pairing food and wine? Which fun food and wine pairing should you try with your pandemic snacking? How can you develop your aroma vocabulary? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Chris Scott, a U.K.-based sommelier …
 
Born in Ethiopia, adopted and raised in Sweden, Chef Marcus Samuelsson's multicultural background and belief in food-as-community reflects his life today as Chef/Owner of Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny's Supper Club, all in Harlem. The youngest person to earn a New York Times three star review at age 23 as executive chef at Aquavit, Marcus is Co…
 
Who doesn't love chocolate? Mr Chocolate, aka Jacques Torres, is one of the world's most respected experts on all things confection. Founder of Jacques Torres Chocolates, produced and sold in New York and online at MrChocolate.com, Jacques' collection includes exquisite artisan chocolates and other sweets. He is the recipient of France's prestigiou…
 
A special pre-recorded show with two great ladies in food. Lidia Bastianich is host of an Emmy Award-winning TV series, a bestselling author, successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Carol Brock's vision to "break the pyrex ceiling for women in fine food and beverage" launched Les Dames d'Escoffier Intern…
 
This show has two great guest. I'm first joined by Natalie Niekro. She is the daughter of the late, great Joe Niekro and her Uncle is Hall Of Fame pitcher, Phil Niekro. Listen to a great conversation, where we discuss what it was like growing up with a dad in the MLB, her dad's greatest achievements and yes we discuss the famous nail file incident,…
 
Can being a supertaster affect your preferences in alcoholic beverages? Why don't you find a lot of wineries in Ottawa? How do online classes give you an advantage over in-person classes? How is the pandemic impacting the way you buy wine? Why should you buy wine directly from wineries? How can my Wine App help you find the best wine to pair with y…
 
A fun fact about the unusual record holder for RBI's in a game, for the Braves. Discussing the bad news of Soroka's injury, Markakis' walk off return, Cespedes screwing over his team and the Braves organist trolls a Blue Jays player! Check out some of the reactions some Blue Jays fans said about this troll job. Braves Social Media Hot Takes, which …
 
How does the ease with which you can pronounce a winery name affect your perception of both the wine and its price? Are wine experts or novices more likely to assign a higher value to wines with complicated names? How do grape names affect your purchase decisions? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Dr. Antonia Ma…
 
This week's baseball fun fact. Markakis is coming back, thoughts on Joe Kelly's suspension, the new owner of the Royals. I then discuss the Folty DFA with someone who is friends with the man, Mark Hampton and we have a good conversation. I then discuss some of the awful takes from Braves Social Media Hot Takes. I then talk to Josh Roseman about som…
 
What should you consider when buying wine as an investment? What's the cold, hard truth about the Canadian wine industry? What makes for a successful wine brand launch? Are Kevin O'Leary's wines as great as he says they are? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Kevin O'Leary, prickly merchant of the television show…
 
A fun fact about a player turned spy in World War 2. Braves and baseball are back and there's plenty to discuss so far. Were the Blue Jays getting screwed? Lots of bad takes on the Braves Social Media Hot Takes segment. Bad takes from folks still talking about the chop, to fans panicking after an entire game of the season! I discuss a Braves one hi…
 
Haiti’s Delphine Gardère, CEO of Rhum Barbancourt, is the family’s 5th generation overseeing the distillery, established in 1862 by her French ancestor, Dupré Barbancourt. Delphine shares her passion for Haitian art and culture and explains how Barbancourt makes its aged dark rums. After attending university in Spain, Nicola Thornton worked with le…
 
What would surprise us about the way we buy wine? What techniques do wine retailers use to trigger impulse buys in the store? What are the biggest differences between the way men and women buy wine? Why is a direct to consumer sales model beneficial for you as a buyer? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Dr. Tim D…
 
A fun fact about Braves no-hitters. I then discuss the Braves getting and not getting Puig, Freeman's return, the recent Covid test results for baseball and the Blue Jays home field situation.Braves Social Media Hot Takes with the awful takes from Braves Facebook Group pages and one clever response.I then chat with Daniel Horine (DanielJacobHorine.…
 
How did the novel and movie Sideways change the wine market in North America? In the book, the character Miles is portrayed as a wine snob, but what really defines a wine snob? What do you need to know if you want to become a successful writer? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Rex Pickett, author of the mega-hi…
 
What would you have done if you were Steve Bartman? I then discuss some of the recent Braves news and discuss the schedule for this season and next. I then read and respond to a few Braves Social Media Hot Takes. I'm joined by Chelsea Ladd and Bridget Mulcahy, where we discuss some unique baseball questions and topics in Around The Horn. Story Time…
 
Phil Long owns Longevity Wines, an urban winery in the Livermore Valley, one of California's oldest AVAs. He discusses the appellation, his vision as a winemaker and his role as president of the Association of African-American Vintners. Harlem is one of NYC's most vibrant, diverse and community-focused neighborhoods thanks to eateries like Harlem S…
 
Are wines named after a sports celebrity any good or is this just a marketing gimmick? Are more gentle sports like golf better suited to marketing a wine than the more rough and tumble world of wrestling? What does research tell us about the effect of celebrity endorsements on your wine-buying behaviour? How does your wine knowledge impact your int…
 
A fun fact about Jose Rijo's 1993 season. Opt-outs so far, covid test results, Andrew Toles story, All Star Game news, Bob Nightengale's tweet to make Joe Maddon look bad and I give the entire context to the story. I'm in agreement that Landis' name should be removed from the MVP award. I then discuss some of the bad takes from Braves Facebook and …
 
Doug Frost is only one of four wine professionals to hold both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine accreditations. The Kansas City wine educator and author is a partner in Echolands Winery in Walla Walla AVA, Washington. Chef-Restaurateur Michael Chernow, founder of Seamore's, cofounder of The Meatball Shop and WellWell plant based functional bever…
 
What are the hottest wine trends right now? What's the difference between natural wine and orange wine? Are new drinks like blue wine and Pinot Freezio here to stay? How does canned wine hold up to its bottled counterparts? Why has Rosé been able to move from fad to mainstream? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with …
 
This week's baseball fun fact about the Hundley's. Baseball is back and Trevor Bauer has the best tweet yet. I then discuss some of the greatest baseball takes, from Facebook, with Braves Social Media Hot Takes. I'm then joined by Cassidy McMahon (@CassMac_21) and Jeff Donahoo (@JeffDonahoo_) for the Around The Horn segment. We discuss four basebal…
 
Ariane Daguin, founder of D'Artagnan, a leading purveyor of high quality, humanely-raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat, game, duck, poultry, foie gras, charcuterie and other specialty foods, discusses the state of the industry and how she sources from farmers throughout the U.S. For 35 years, D'Artagnan has supplied leading restaurants and h…
 
Why is Bordeaux considered the ultimate luxury brand in the world of wine? Why did the Chinese market suddenly start buying Bordeaux wines in the 1980s and 90s? Why does Bordeaux in particular suit the ancient Chinese culture of prestigious gift-giving versus other expensive wines? How does the demand for Bordeaux in China affect both the prices yo…
 
Grace Young has been called the Stir Fry Guru, thanks to her cookbooks, classes and award-winning video, Wok Therapist. Grace shares tips on using and caring for a wok and the joys of preparing Chinese dishes. She discusses need to support local Chinese restaurants and shops, many family owned. An ex marine turned vigneron, Rutger de Vink is founde…
 
What does it take to win Ontario’s Best Sommelier competition? What’s it like performing in front of a set of very stern-eyed wine judges and a live audience? What is the smartest question you can ask your sommelier in a restaurant? What is the deductive tasting technique and how can it help you drink better wine? In this episode of the Unreserved …
 
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