Natalie

Most memorable wine?
Well maybe the one above, or perhaps the Baby Duck I had behind the high school portable. Ouch!

What was your first wine?
My first wine was a brunello, which I described in my first book. Very sensual: got me into wine!

What’s your most unusual wine experience?
When I went shark diving in South Africa, then paired wine with seafood for my new book Unquenchable.

Which wine do you love at the moment?
Pinot Noir, now, then and always!


To fund her late-night vinous habits, Natalie MacLean holds down day jobs as a wine writer, speaker and judge. An accredited sommelier, she is a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, the Wine Writers Circle and several French wine societies with complicated and impressive names.

At the World Food Media Awards in Australia, Natalie was named the World's Best Drink Writer. She is the only person to have won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Found