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Get Wine Smart with Natalie MacLean

- Online Course -

During this wine experience you will:

  • Learn how to take even your favourite dishes to the next level with beautiful wine pairings your palate will SAVOUR.
  • Dive into the zest and sensory experience of wine that will make you the go-to expert on wine pairing among your friends.
  • Get rid of the embarrassment and guess work of choosing the perfect wine at any restaurant or liquor store and pick your pairing with confidence!

Get Wine Smart: Your Entertaining Experience on How to Buy, Taste and Pair Wine Like a Pro

You'll Discover that Learning About Wine is as Fun as Drinking it ;)

  • Imagine knowing the right questions to ask your server or sommelier to get the perfect wine for your taste.
  • Think how good it will feel when your friends ask YOU which wine they should choose.
  • Picture your dinner guests leaning in to hear your exact description of the beautiful wine you tasted for the very first time!

Get Wine Smart is your lifetime access online experience to make you the go-to person on wine with your colleagues, friends, and family!

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world - a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

What's included in this incredible online wine pairing experience?

  • 5 Course Modules

    In these five modules, I’ll take you personally on a wine journey from feeling overwhelmed with too many wines in the liquor store to knowing exactly which wines you want to buy. You’ll move from not being confident in pairing wine and food, to choosing the perfect pairing every time!

  • 40 Video Tutorials

    There 7-10 videos per module. They’re all under 10 minutes so that you can snack on them at your own pace, or binge-watch everything in less than five hours, Game of Thrones-style ;)

  • 5 Workbooks

    The five workbooks follow the videos so that you can answer questions based on the content to help you remember it.

  • 6 Pairing Tools

    You’ll also get my Ultimate Wine & Food Pairing Guide as well as five separate guides each focused on a particular category of dishes, including chicken, beef, pork, pizza and vegetarian fare.

  • 70 Videos: Answer Vault

    In addition to the core video tutorials, there is also a bonus video answer vault of more than 70 videos based on questions that previous students asked about wine. This is optional and not required to complete the course: it’s an extra if you want even more wine expertise.

  • 5 Podcast Playlists

    You can listen to the modules on your smartphone or iPod when you’re commuting to work, walking the dog or running errands. This also helps to remember the content and strengthen your expertise.

  • Lifetime Access!

    Unlike physical courses, this online experience gives you lifetime access to the course. You can access the materials and watch the videos as many times as you like for as long as you like.

Everything is Online. No Travel Required — Learn At Your Own Pace Fast or Slow


The program is based online so you can participate from home, work or while traveling. You have lifetime access to the program, so you can go through the material all in one go, or you can slow things down and go at your own pace. You’ll also be able to ask me questions, get feedback and connect with Get Wine Smart alumni online.

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Module 1: Where to Start

With so much information about wine, where do I start? In Module 1 you will get:

  • What’s most important to learn first (and what to skip) for a solid foundation in wine.
  • How to pair wine like a pro: the five simple steps to tasting wine and what to look for with each step.
  • How to develop a wine tasting vocabulary and understand what those expert tasting notes and terms mean.
  • How to tell if a wine bad or if you just do not like it, including how to smell and identify faults in wine.
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Module 2: The Essential 8 Grapes, Part I

In Module 2, we explore the first four of the Essential Eight grapes you need to know to get started: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

  • How do these grapes vary from region to region?
  • How to serve these wines with confidence: glassware, temperature, decanting.
  • How to describe these wines?
  • Learn exactly why you like these wines or don't.
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Module 3: The Essential 8 Grapes, Part II

Module 3 focuses on the second four of the Essential Eight grapes you need to know to get started: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz/Syrah.

  • How do these grapes vary from region to region?
  • How to serve these wines with confidence: glassware, temperature, decanting.
  • How to describe these wines?
  • Learn exactly why you like these wines or don't.
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Module 4: Pairing Wine & Food

How can I pair food and wine together without it being hit-and-miss?

  • Wine & food pairing building blocks: why do certain flavours work together and others don’t?
  • Three shortcuts when pairing wine and food that you’ll actually remember.
  • Terrible food and wine matches to avoid for the rest of your life (and why they don’t work).
  • Seven classic food and wine pairings and why they have become classics, plus bonus tips for holiday turkey dinner.
  • Unusual food and wine pairings, from fast food favourites to tough matches, such as quiche and asparagus and why they may change how you see certain foods!
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Module 5: Take It to the World

Module 5 is all about taking what we learned together and using your newfound knowledge to embrace the world of wine.

  • How can I get confident about wine in a restaurant or liquor store?
  • How to get outside your comfort zone in the liquor store and buy wine with confidence.
  • How to decode a wine label and 3 things to look for that will give you clues to the wine's taste and style.
  • How to choose wine from a restaurant list with confidence: 4 tips to decipher any wine list and 2 smart questions to ask the sommelier or server.
  • How to pick a gift wine for a friend or host with confidence: no-fail wine gifts for any occasion or palate.

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking... and ultimately, it’s a winning formula.

Eric Asimov The New York Times

Enjoy these bonuses!

  • Bonus

    Bi-Weekly Live Tastings

    I go live on video every second week to lead you through a tasting of the latest wines in store now. All of these are recorded so that you can watch the replays on your own schedule. When you enroll, you'll get immediate access to 52 archived video replays ready to watch.

  • Bonus

    Private Facebook Group

    This is a vibrant wine community of course students and graduates who love sharing their favourite wines and pairings. Not on Facebook? No problem, the course isn't either ;) It's on an independent platform.

Meet Natalie MacLean, your expert guide for Get Wine Smart

Natalie MacLean was named "The World's Best Wine Writer" at the World Food Media Awards. She is the only person to have won the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from both the James Beard Foundation and Les Dames d'Escoffier.

Natalie’s first book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass and her second book Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines were both selected as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year.

Natalie is the wine expert on CTV’s The Social, Canada’s largest daytime television show; CTV News; and Global Television’s Morning Show.

Funny, brainy, and unapologetically tipsy, her goal in life is to invite more people to the table to share a great glass of wine (or three)!

I invite you to meet me personally online with a series of fun, interactive video wine tastings.

All of the videos are recorded and posted inside our private members' area that's separate from Facebook.

In addition to the live tastings, you'll get instant -- and lifetime -- access to all of the course modules, templates, podcasts and video answer vault, as well as to any future updates to this course for free.

I'd meet you and get to know you inside our private members' area!

Cheers,

Is this course right for me?

This course is PERFECT for you if you feel that you're one of the following:

  • I’m just starting with wine and want to learn right from the beginning.
  • I've been a fan of wine for a while, but I want to gain more confidence and knowledge.
  • I’ve been enjoying wine for a long time and have taken a course or two, but the information really hasn’t stuck with me. This time, I want to really dive in and remember what I learn.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You've completed a college sommelier program with eight or more courses, or have taken another comprehensive wine program to completion.
  • Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers need not apply ;)

These are the questions that wine lovers like you asked before enrolling in Get Wine Smart:


After you enroll, you have immediate access to all the lessons inside Get Wine Smart, so you can hit the ground running!

I know that everyone moves at a different pace. That’s why you’ll get LIFETIME access to the entire course to work through and revisit on your own schedule!

Test drive the program for 30 days and if you don’t feel I’ve delivered the value I’ve promised, show me your completed coursework you’ll get a full refund.

The reason I ask for your completed coursework is simple. I only want to work with wine lovers who are committed to learning about wine. I devote a lot of time, energy and care to my students, so it’s important that you’re as dedicated to this experience as I am to you.

You can email me personally at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com and I’ll give you a full refund.

If you don’t plan to start the program right away, I’d still love to have you join. Just be sure that this for you because the refund eligibility does have a firm deadline. This ensures that only dedicated wine lovers are in the program, which helps us avoid wasting your time and ours.

That said, I know you’re going to love this program, and I stand behind my work 100%!

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Just email me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com.

What sets Natalie’s wine experience apart from any other wine course?

  • 1 |

    Lifetime Access: Go Through the Program Again and Again, For FREE!

    The key to mastering wine is like any other subject: repetition. That’s why for as long as the program is in existence, you can retake it year after year (or any time you like) at no additional charge. You won’t get this key benefit you get with physical courses.

  • 2 |

    Personal Attention

    I’m going to get to know you and your wine taste inside this program. In fact, I know a lot more about my students than just which wines they like. They share their travel plans, family experiences with wine and more. I get to know you personally and you’ll feel part of the community.

  • 3 |

    100% Money-Back Guarantee

    I’ve always backed my courses with a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee so that you can feel confident enrolling in the program.

  • 4 |

    Custom Designed for Adult Learners

    Most physical courses take place once a week based on the instructor’s schedule, not yours. Plus, you’re often sitting in a classroom for two to three hours. That’s not how we learn as adults. We need to choose the time that’s best for us, and the amount of information we want to consume each time. That’s exactly how Get Wine Smart was designed.

  • 5 |

    Made for Busy People

    Just like you, all of the students and graduates of Get Wine Smart are incredibly busy people. They have careers, families, and other commitments. The only way they can learn about wine is with a program that offers maximum flexibility. You choose when and where you consume the course.

  • 6 |

    Two for One Benefit

    A number of students and graduates take the program with their spouse, partner or best friend. They treat it like date night and watch the videos together then discuss their impressions of the wines they’re tasting. You can’t sneak in an extra person to a physical class – two for the price of one ;)

If you’ve read this far, you owe this to yourself...



  • What if just one how-to video in Get Wine Smart...

    Helps you to nail the right questions to ask your waiter or sommelier and order the perfect wine for your meal in a restaurant every time.

  • What if just one buying strategy in Get Wine Smart…

    Helps you avoid spending money on the same old wine week or week, or a disappointing wine that you try for the first time.

  • What if just one memorable pairing idea in Get Wine Smart...

    Helps you discover taste combinations you absolutely love and introduce to your friends.

This all sounds great, what's the cost?

  • Course Videos, Templates and Workbooks ($600 Value)

    Offline/physical courses of this depth charge an average of $600. This is based on a cross-country survey of 18 programs. The difference, aside from the sparkling personality of your instructor, is that you also get lifetime access to retake the program and rewatch the videos for as long as you like.

  • 50 Guided Tasting Session Videos ($400)

    These are the recorded sessions from our previous bi-weekly tastings, that cover a wide range of pairing topics and others.

  • 70 Videos: Answer Vault ($400 Value)

    This is a terrific resource covering most of your wine questions. I also update it with answers to new questions as they arise.

  • Total value over $1,400
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Test drive the program for 30 days and if you don’t feel I’ve delivered the value I’ve promised, show me your completed coursework you’ll get a full refund.

The reason I ask for your completed coursework is simple. I only want to work with wine lovers who are committed to learning about wine. I devote a lot of time, energy and care to my students, so it’s important that you’re as dedicated to this experience as I am to you.

You can email me personally at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com and I’ll give you a full refund.

If you don’t plan to start the program right away, I’d still love to have you join. Just be sure that this for you because the refund eligibility does have a firm deadline. This ensures that only dedicated wine lovers are in the program, which helps us avoid wasting your time and ours.

That said, I know you’re going to love this program, and I stand behind my work 100%!

There are very few people in the wine world who I think "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuk Wine Library TV

Need Help or Have Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have to help you make the best choice for you.

Bi-Weekly Live Video Tastings Sessions

Tune in live or watch the replay recordings.