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The Wine Smart Course with Natalie MacLean

A Full-Bodied Framework to Taste, Pair & Buy Wine Like a Pro

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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

Stop judging wine based on the label, and start trusting your own taste.

  • You know which wines you like, but not exactly why you like them. So you buy wine based on an attractive label rather than on what's inside.
  • You enjoy food and wine pairing, but it's hit and miss... sometimes it works and sometimes the food clashes with the wine.
  • You go to good restaurants, but when you're faced with the wine list, you feel lost choosing a wine you and your friends will love, especially when everyone is having different dishes.

Welcome, I'm so glad you're here...

Introducing The Wine Smart Course

A Full-Bodied Framework to Buy, Taste & Pair Wine Like a Pro

Before I took this course I felt lost in the wine aisles of the liquor store! I now feel much more confident when choosing new wines that suit my taste, and will even be brave enough to order a suitable bottle from the list at a restaurant the next time I go out with friends.

Naomi Lai Wine Smart Graduate

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!

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

Natalie, thank-you for kick-starting this journey and always providing a learning experience in a fun and non-intimidating way!

Lorrie Desjardins Wine Smart Graduate

The Wine Smart Course Modules

A Full-Bodied Framework to Taste, Pair & Buy Wine Like a Pro

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Module 1: How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

You'll learn how to describe the wine you're tasting and why you like certain wines and not others.

  • You'll learn how to taste wine like a pro, including the five essential steps to tasting wine and what to look for with each step.
  • You'll develop a wine tasting vocabulary and understand what those expert tasting notes and terms mean.
  • You'll know how to tell if a wine is bad or if you just don't like it, including how to smell and identify the major faults in wine.
  • You'll discover the key to understanding exactly why you like certain wines and not others.
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Module 2: Taste and Pair Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

You'll take a deep dive into tasting the world's four most popular wines, mastering how to describe them and pair with them with different dishes.

  • You'll discover how to pair these wines with certain dishes and not others.
  • You'll know exactly how to describe the aromas and taste of these wines.
  • You'll master serving these wines with confidence: glassware, temperature, decanting.
  • You'll learn how these grapes vary from region to region, and which regions are the best.
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Module 3: Taste and Pair Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Shiraz/Syrah

You'll take a deep dive into tasting the world's next four most popular wines, mastering how to describe them and pair with them with different dishes.

  • You'll discover how to pair these wines with certain dishes and not others.
  • You'll know exactly how to describe the aromas and taste of these wines.
  • You'll master serving these wines with confidence: glassware, temperature, decanting.
  • You'll learn how these grapes vary from region to region, and which regions are the best.
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Module 4: How to Pair Wine and Food Like a Pro

You'll discover classic wine and food pairings, plus new and unusual ones, from take-out dishes to all types of pizza.

  • You'll savour the seven classic food and wine pairings and learn why they've become classics, plus get bonus tips for holiday turkey dinner.
  • You'll taste unusual food and wine pairings, from fast food faves to tough matches, such as quiche and asparagus and know why they change the taste of your wine.
  • You'll discover three shortcuts when pairing wine and food that you’ll actually remember and use frequently.
  • You'll learn how to avoid terrible food and wine matches for the rest of your life (and why they don’t work).
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Module 5: How to Buy Wine Like a Pro

You'll feel confident buying wine in a liquor store, from a restaurant list, online or in a winery tasting room.

  • When faced with a wall of bottles in the store, you'll know exactly which wines to buy, including new ones.
  • You'll learn how to decode a wine label and 3 things to look for that will give you clues to the wine's taste and style.
  • You'll master 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.
  • You'll know how to pick a gift wine for a friend or host with confidence: no-fail wine gifts for any occasion or person.

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.

    Value: $500

  • 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.

    Value $500

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.


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.

Learn From Home, Work, Hotel or the Beach


You can access The Wine-Smart Course on any device from anywhere around the world.

This 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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Like that $15 bottle of wine that tastes better than many twice the price... this course over-delivers. There is more content and opportunity to interact than expected. No snobbery. I learned. I laughed. I loved it!

Daryl Woods Wine Smart Graduate

Meet Natalie MacLean, your expert guide for The Wine Smart Course

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)!

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

Eric Asimov Wine Columnist, The New York Times

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100% Risk-Free Guarantee

Enroll Now with Confidence Because You Have a Full-Refund Satisfaction Guarantee.

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%!

Before this course, my concern was about pairing wine and​ ​food. So when this course popped into ​my ​inbox, I said, “I’m going for it!” This was the opportunity for me to really understand ​the pairings. I​ ​was very happy with how Natalie when through the tastings, taking​ ​us step by step.

Lois Gilbert Wine Smart Graduate

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 ;)

Even though I have my WSET 3, it was a good refresher to regularly taste and discuss wines with others.Everyone was so engaged and eager to learn. Natalie's use of media makes you feel like she is right in the room with you. Great job Natalie!!

Lori Kilmartin Wine Smart Graduate

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 The Wine Smart Course, 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.

I thought I didn't have time to take this course: full-time job, kids' piano and soccer lessons, etc. But I realized that I needed to make the time -- for me! I appreciate that I made "time for me." It really felt great to fit something into my week that I truly enjoyed.

Rachelle O'Connor Wine Smart Graduate

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 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 The Wine Smart Course...

    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 The Wine Smart Course…

    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 The Wine Smart Course...

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

CTV's The Social

  • On CTV's The Social, the hosts and I chat about how to pick the right wine course. Spoiler alert: take mine ;)
  • The Social is the country's largest daytime television show, with 3.2 million viewers. I love the ladies who host the show, and they love their wine!

I liked the idea of tasting at home and my wife would usually sit in to watch as well which obviously is not possible in a classroom course. Being able to watch and listen to these sessions over again will go a long way in helping me to remember what was learned.

Richard Desjardins Wine Smart Graduate

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

Natalie is truly gifted in providing a course on the topic of wines. She is extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter, has developed the course in a logical sequence and format, she is funny and entertaining and has a deep desire for people to learn about wine.

J.P. d'Entremont Wine Smart Graduate

Need Help or Have Questions?

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