The Year’s Most Entertaining and Genuinely Useful Wine Book does for the rest of the world what Kermit Lynch’s did for France – Louisville Courier Journal

The bookshelves in my kitchen long ago exceeded their maximum capacity. Nowadays, those shelves are stocked only with essential titles that come in handy when emergencies arise — like when I forget how to truss a moose or the best way to deodorize a durian. Most of my books about food and beverages are shelved with the rest of the library, a few feet away from the volumes of poetry and fiction, and fantasy — a category that includes the many dozens of tomes that promise to improve my golf swing. In case your holiday shopping list includes books about […]

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Best Turkey Wine for Holiday Dinner? Not One But Many Wines – Reuters

While this terrific article talks about matching wine with Thanksgiving turkey, the tips are just as valid with it comes to Christmas/holiday turkey dinner … Thanksgiving, the holiday that anyone who likes to eat loves to celebrate, is just a week away and experts agree there is not one perfect wine to accompany the feast, but many. “No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving,” said Natalie MacLean, author of the new book, “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” “Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the […]

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The author has emerged as one of the most gifted, entertaining and downright funny wine writers – Dayton Daily News

If you have a wine enthusiast or two on your holiday gift list, but feel intimidated at the very thought of trying to find just the right bottle of wine to give them, give the gift of words instead. The 2011 vintage was a robust and satisfying one for wine books. There are some very fine reads available on bookstore shelves and online at various book-seller Internet sites, and the price is right. Your gift recipients can light a warming fire, pour themselves a sampling from one of their favorite bottles, snuggle into the couch and learn a thing or […]

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I’m a sucker for good narrative, and I found it in Unquenchable Demystifying Wine Pricing in Relation to Quality – Serious Eats

I like Natalie MacLean’s entertaining and often cheeky writing about wine. Other wine writers might describe riesling as “refreshing in a world awash with vanilla, oak, and jam.” But how many of them would follow that up with this aside (“In life and in wine: too much foreplay is frustrating and too quick satiation is boring.”) without us collectively screaming “Nooo!! TMI!” But in MacLean’s writing, such sassiness works. She’s an everywoman of wine, and in her latest book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, MacLean turns her attention to “demystifying wine pricing in relation to […]

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A Gifted Story Teller who Writes with a Humorous Bent – Huffington Post

Didn’t get all your holiday shopping done on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?  Not to worry, I’ve got a list of wine-inspired gifts, organized by the personality of the recipient.  You can get most of these gifts online and in time to make it under the tree (if you start shopping now!). I can’t put down Unquenchable:  A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines by Natalie MacLean.  She’s a multimedia wine personality, with a blog, videos and books.  Natalie is a gifted story teller who writes with a humorous bent.  No matter how much you know about wine, […]

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More than Five Million Followers, Two Books and Christmas Wine and Food Memories – The Ottawa Citizen

It’s not surprising that many of Natalie MacLean’s holiday memories revolve around drink.  The Ottawa sommelier has two books to her name, wine columns with more than five million followers and a shelf-full of awards. She was named the World’s Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia. “I beat them to a pulp with my liver,” chuckles MacLean, whose wit makes her a favourite at wine and food shows across the country. “I love what I write about.  It’s a great honour to be invited into the kitchens of some of the world’s best winemakers.” When […]

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3 Insider Tips to Buy Wine that’s Affordable and Awesome

If you’re heading out to do some wine shopping, you might find these 3 quick tips helpful to spot the wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost: 1. Look for wines from warm regions, like Argentina and Chile. Often the cost of production is cheaper because winemakers aren’t battling disease, rot and weather as much as cool climate producers do. Therefore, there’s less crop loss and lower costs for production. 2. Seek labels that have illegible gothic script and impossibly long names that are difficult to pronounce in the liquor store (or anywhere else). Few people can read […]

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How to Choose a Gift Wine – Elle Magazine

I was happy to contribute some advice on how to choose a gift wine for the January issue of Elle Magazine… Natalie MacLean, author of Unquenchable, offers some tips for gift giving. Bringing the perfect bottle of wine to a dinner party can be tricky. Try selecting a wine that has a personal story to give your host. As in: “We toasted out first apartment with this wine; we hope it brings you as much luck as it did us.”

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