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The Wine Smart Course with Natalie MacLean

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

What's Included?

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, Crush It and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

Do any of these sound like you?

  • You know which wines you like, but not exactly why you like them
  • You buy wine based on an attractive label rather than on what's inside
  • You enjoy food and wine pairing, but sometimes it doesn't taste great
  • When you're faced with the restaurant wine list, you choose the second cheapest wine

What's standing between you and great wine?

Introducing The Wine Smart Course

Become the Expert on Your Own Wine Taste

Before I took this course I felt lost in the liquor store! I'm now brave enough to order a bottle from a restaurant list when I go out with friends.

Naomi Lai Wine Smart Student

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

  • Imagine knowing the right questions to ask your server 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 you describe the mouth-watering wine you're sharing

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

What's included in this incredible online wine experience?

  • 5 Course Modules

    I’ll take you on a wine journey from feeling overwhelmed in the liquor store to knowing exactly which wines you want to buy and how to create the perfect pairing every time!

  • 40 Video Tutorials

    There are 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 them in less than five hours, Netflix-style ;)

  • 5 Course Workbooks

    The five workbooks follow the videos so that you can answer questions based on the content. This will help you become a more active learner and remember the key concepts.

  • 6 Pairing Guides

    You’ll also get my series of pairing guides each focused on a particular category of dishes, including chicken, seafood, beef, pork, pizza and vegetarian fare.

  • 5 Podcast Playlists

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

  • 70 Videos: Answer Vault

    This is a bonus based on questions that previous students asked about wine. It's not required to complete the course: it’s an extra if you're thirsting for more wine expertise.

  • 50 Videos: Guided Tastings

    This is another bonus of guided tastings that cover wine and food pairings, as well as wines that we don't cover in the five core course modules.

  • Twice Monthly: Live, Online Tastings

    You can join me for live, online tastings twice a month. Ask questions, learn about new pairings and meet other wine lovers. Another bonus for the extra thirsty.

  • Lifetime Access to the Course

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

  • Lifetime Access to Your Teacher

    You also get access to your teacher (moi) in our live, ongoing online tastings :) Got a dinner party coming up or a gift wine you need to buy? Ask me!

Everything is Online, No Travel Required


The program is 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 take it at your own pace. You’ll also be able to ask me questions, get feedback and connect with The Wine Smart community online.

Access on Any Device, Anytime


You can access The Wine Smart Course on any device from anywhere around the world. All of the videos, workbooks, slides and templates are downloadable so that you can watch and use them offline on a plane, at the beach or wherever you are.

This sounds great, what's the cost?

  • The Complete Wine Smart Course ($685 Value)

    Offline/physical courses of this depth charge an average of $685, based on a cross-country survey of 26 programs. The difference (aside from the fun-loving personality of your instructor) is that you also get lifetime access to retake the program and re-watch the videos for as long as you like.

  • Bonus #1: 70 Videos in the Answer Vault ($400 Value)

    This is a terrific resource covering all of your wine questions, from how to decant wine to which corkscrews work best. Got a question I didn’t answer? Ask me and I’ll add it to the vault.

  • Bonus #2: 50 Guided Video Tastings ($500 Value)

    These are the archived video tastings where I guide you through a specific wine and food pairing, or a particular type of wine that we didn’t cover in the core modules of the course. You can watch anytime and I keep adding new videos to this archive.

  • Bonus #3: Private Live Tastings ($700 Value)

    You can join me for a private, online video tasting twice a month where you can ask me questions and meet other wine lovers. These videos are recorded and archived so you can watch them anytime.

  • Total Value $2,285 + Lifetime Access
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Here's What You'll Learn in The Wine Smart Course

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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 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 tastes 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 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 tastes 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.

You'll also get these fabulous bonuses!

  • Bonus

    Bonus #1: 70 Videos in the Answer Vault

    This is a terrific resource covering most of your wine questions, from how to decant wine to which corkscrews work best. I also update it with answers to new questions as they arise.

    Value: $400

  • Bonus

    Bonus #2: 50 Themed Video Tastings

    These are the archived video tastings where I guide you through a specific wine and food pairing, or a particular type of wine that we didn't cover in the core modules of the course.

    Value $500

  • Bonus

    Bonus #3: Private Live, Online Guided Tastings

    You can join me for a private, online video tasting twice a month where you can ask me questions and meet other wine lovers. These videos are recorded and archived so you can watch them anytime.

    Value $700

This course over-delivers. There's 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 Drinks Journalist" 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 and 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 is 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!” I was able to really understand ​the pairings and very happy with how Natalie went through the tastings.

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 without having to wade through a lot of technical jargon.
  • I've been a fan of wine for a while, but I want to gain more confidence and cement my knowledge in tasting, pairing and buying wine.
  • I’ve been enjoying wine for a long time and have taken several courses, but this time, I want to take a deeper dive into wine and food pairing.

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 good 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!!

Lori Kilmartin Wine Smart Graduate

Here's what wine lovers like you asked before saying "Heck Yes!" to The Wine Smart Course:


The course starts when you do. 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 and bonuses so that you can go at your own pace and return to it as often as you like.

While it’s more fun to participate in our live, online tastings, no need to worry if you can’t make it. All of the tastings are recorded and archived so that you can access them anytime.

That’s up to you. Some students like to stretch the course out and watch just one of the 10-minute videos each week, cocktail-hour style before dinner.

Others like to binge-watch the entire course in less than five hours Netflix-style. You can skip weeks that are busy as you have lifetime access.

I know you’re busy — I get it! That’s why I created The Wine Smart Course to fit YOU and your lifestyle. Whatever’s going on in your life, you’ll never miss anything or fall behind because you get lifetime access to the course and bonuses.

You have complete freedom to start the program when you like and to take the program at YOUR PACE. So if you want to spend more time with a particular module or simply need to take some time away, the program is here for you as long as you need it… and so am I!

Don’t take this course if it means you can’t make the mortgage or rent payment, or can’t put food on the table.

However, if this isn’t an issue, then consider if you can afford not to take this course?

What’s the cost of buying another bad bottle of wine that clashes with your meal?

What’s the cost of feeling overwhelmed in a restaurant as you look at the wine list?

Okay, I could go on… but think of this course as an investment in every delicious bottle you buy going forward, every mouth-watering pairing you taste, every perfect choice you make in a restaurant, every beautiful gift wine you give ;)

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 and you’ll get a full refund.

The reason I ask for your completed coursework is that 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%!

Wine info on the web is free, but your time is not. How much time do you want to spend searching for trusted, expert guidance that takes you step by step on how to taste, pair and buy wine like a professional?

The web is an environment of distraction, whereas a custom-designed course is an area of focus where you’ll remember what you learn and develop the confidence in wine faster than hunting and pecking around the internet… and that’s after you realize you just spent an hour watching cat videos or Ellen’s best monologues ;)

Yes! For every wine I suggest, I give you a link to more than fifty wines to pick as an alternative, which you’ll find in your liquor store.

These wines are not only affordable, but they’re also under-priced, meaning they taste twice as expensive as they cost. So you’ll be discovering some new faves that you’ll continue to buy.

Yes, I do! I love tasting wines from my own backyard, so to speak, and include them in several tastings in the course as well as the bonuses.

If you don’t live in Canada, you’ll still find wines of similar styles as I always recommend lots of alternatives available in your local liquor store.

There’s no other wine course on the market of this depth delivered in a truly entertaining way. Plus:

1. Lifetime access means you learn on your schedule at your pace in your place.

2. Personal attention from your instructor (that’s me) as you go through the course and after you finish it.

3. Unbeatable value and bonuses compared to courses of similar depth.

Many of my students opted to take my course rather than one at a local college because of the flexibility to choose when you take the course, not having to sit in a classroom for three hours after a long day at work and not having to drive home after drinking wine.

They also found my course more affordable and loved the two-for-one benefit of doing the course from home with a spouse, partner, friend or relative.

Welcome to the warmest, most welcoming wine community online! You’ll never have to sit in a classroom, be put on the spot or even have to participate in the online discussions if you don’t want to.

For those who are shy or introverts like me, it’s a relief to learn in the comfort of your own home and just sit back and watch the recorded and live videos, wine in hand.

The Wine Smart Course is a perfect jumpstart to your career in wine, whether you want to work in a winery as tasting room staff or as a tour guide, at a wine agency as an importer or sales rep, in a travel agency specializing in wine regions, at a PR/advertising agency with food and drink clients or in a restaurant as a server, sommelier or manager.

It’s also ideal for those who’ve just started a wine career since this course will get you up to speed quickly, particularly when you don’t have time to take a physical course and need flexibility.

I can send you a sheet that you can review with your boss to explain why the course is a great investment in your professional development, not to mention, tax-deductible. Just email me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com to get it.

Yes, you get a receipt for this course, which is tax-deductible as professional training if you’re in the wine, food, travel, hospitality and related industries.

Some employers in banking, consulting and other businesses reimburse students for the course fee because it helps their employees with client entertaining and sales relationships.

Absolutely! You’ll get a certificate indicating that you’ve completed the course, plus a badge showing that you are Wine Smart Certified. You can put this on your website, social media profiles or wherever you like.

You may have taken two or three wine courses previously: The Wine Smart Course will cement that knowledge for you because of the interactive, multi-media way it’s designed.

Plus, most courses don’t take the deep dive into food and wine pairing as we do, so it’s a way of strengthening your knowledge in that fundamental area.

Lifetime access means that you have access to all the course videos, workbooks, templates and other materials for as long as I’m offering this course.

That means you can go back to them as often as you like and layer your learning by re-watching the videos.

I’m going into year three for offering this course, and it’s what I want to do for the next twenty years ;)

Even if I were to wrap up this course, I’d give you ample opportunity to download and save all the course materials on your own computer, which you can do now.

No, you don’t need to be on Facebook. The course materials are on a separate, private platform that’s not part of any social media channel.

You get a password to login and access everything immediately. We have a private Facebook group for course members, but that’s an extra that’s not necessary to join… though it’s lots of fun ;)

Yes, I’m here for you! Ask me your wine questions anytime during our regular live tastings together, via email or inside the private member’s group.

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. 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

How is Natalie’s wine course different from any other on the market?

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    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.

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    Personal and Entertaining

    There’s no other wine course on the market of this depth delivered in a truly “edutaining” way. Plus, I’m going to get to know you and your wine tastes inside this program. My students share their travel plans, family experiences with wine and more. You’ll feel part of this warm, wine-loving community.

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    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. If you watch the videos and go through the workbooks, and you still don’t feel confident about wine, you get a full refund. It’s risk-free.

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    Designed for Adults not Kids

    Physical courses are based on the instructor’s schedule, not yours. You’re often sitting in a classroom for three hours. That’s old school, and not how we learn as adults. You choose how much you want to learn each time, and when you want a break.

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    Flexibility for Busy People

    Just like you, all of the students of The Wine Smart Course 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.

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    Two-for-One Benefit

    A number of students 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 wasting money on a bad bottle, or even better, discover a delicious wine that you try for the first time.

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

    Helps you discover mouth-watering combinations you absolutely love and share with your friends.

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 Student

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 not on any social media channel.

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

I can't wait to meet you and get to know you inside our private members' area!

Cheers

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 Student

Natalie is extremely knowledgeable on wine, she's funny and entertaining with a deep desire for people to learn about wine.

J.P. d'Entremont Wine Smart Student