Wine Gossip and Stories with Friends of the Vine and Ian Osborn

Sep25th

Introduction

On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Ian Osborn, on his excellent podcast called Friends of the Vine. This is a bit of a turnaround from my usual format because Ian is interviewing me.  I highly recommend that you check out Ian’s podcast Friends of the Vine where he does a great job interviewing master sommeliers, masters of wine, winemakers and wine writers.

I wanted to share this episode with you because we dug into lots of great wine tips, from how to talk with the sommelier to becoming the expert on your own taste. I also share some behind-the-scenes stories about how I got into wine and what is what like writing my first book. Enjoy the episode!

 

Highlights

  • When did I first become interested in wine?
  • What role did Napa and Sonoma play in my journey to becoming a wine writer?
  • Why is it important to taste wines side by side?
  • What is a vertical tasting versus a horizontal tasting?
  • Which tasting tip do I share with my students for developing their wine confidence?
  • How did I get started with wine writing?
  • Why is it important to have the mindset of an enthusiastic amateur?
  • How does wine connect many disciplines?
  • Why do I use storytelling in my books?
  • What fascinating effect does storytelling have on the brain?
  • What are some of the practical experiences I had while writing my books?
  • Why are online courses more beneficial than free information?
  • How can you become an expert in your own taste to have new and better wine experiences?
  • Why do I believe online courses are better than in-person courses for a lot of people?
  • What approach have we taken for my CTV appearances on The Social?
  • Which TV shows have I appeared on?
  • Why have I switched my focus to TV and video?
  • What has been my experience with audiobooks?
  • What made a certain recent wine experience memorable for me?
  • What was Ian’s most memorable wine experience?

 

Resources

 

Wine Reviews

 

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  • Join me on Facebook Live Video every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern for a casual wine chat.
  • You’ll find my books here, including Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.
  • The new audio edition of Red, White and Drunk All Over is now available on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and other country-specific Amazon sites; iTunes.ca, iTunes.com and other country-specific iTunes sites; Audible.ca and Audible.com.

 

Transcript & Takeaways

Welcome to episode 43!

In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Ian Osborn, on his excellent podcast called Friends of the Vine, which originally aired on July 15th. Ian interviews master sommeliers, masters of wine, winemakers and wine writers. Ding, ding, ding! So this is a bit of a turnaround from my usual format because Ian is interviewing me.

I wanted to share this one with you because we dug into lots of great wine tips, from how to talk with the sommelier to becoming the expert on your own taste. I also share some behind-the-scenes stories about how I got into wine and what is what like writing my first book.

I’ll put links to Ian’s podcast, website and social media handles in the show notes at nataliemaclean.com/43.

Before we dive in, I’d like to share a spotlight on a member of our podcast community with you. Dale Ellis from Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote in to say, “Hi Natalie, loved your podcast with Elin McCoy.” He’s referring to episode 39 with Bloomberg Wine Columnist Elin McCoy and our chat about scoring wines and other topics. Go back and have a listen if you missed it.

Dale, I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m sending you a copy of my Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing Guide. I’m sure you’ll find it a handy reference when you’re deciding on which wine to drink with your meal.

If you’d also like a free copy of my Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing Guide, just email me at natalie@nataliemaclean.com and let me know what you like about the podcast and what I can do to improve it for you.

Okay, on with the show!

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat with Ian Osborn. I recommend that you check out his podcast Friends of the Vine. He does a great job with it.

You’ll find links to Ian’s podcast, website and social media handles at nataliemaclean.com/43.

What was your favourite tip or quote from this episode? Share that with me on Twitter or Facebook and tag me @nataliemaclean, on Instagram I’m @nataliemacleanwine.

If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in how the wine tips and behind-the-scenes stories I shared. My podcast is easy to find, whether you search Google on its name Unreserved Wine Talk, or on my name.

Finally, if you want to take your ability to pair wine and food to the next level, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class..

I can’t wait to share more wine stories with you next week.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this one. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a wine that has a special story for you wrapped around it!

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