Unquenchable Wine Book Tour: Raise a Glass with Me!

I am so excited about meeting you, my fellow wine lovers, this fall! Come out and raise a glass (or three) with me during the tour for my second wine book Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.

There’ll be events from coast to coast that will be fun evenings, featuring tastings of the wines in the book and readings from some of the more amusing and indiscreet parts. My special thanks goes to Adria Iwasutiak and Cathy Paine at Random House/Doubleday for all their amazing efforts in putting this tour together!

We’ll get to chat afterwards, and you’ll also meet other wine lovers there whom you may also know only via Twitter or Facebook. In 2006, every event we did for the first book Red, White and Drunk All Over sold out, and there were waiting lists. So get your tickets now and meet me there!

Tour Dates and Cities

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Many of the events below include a signed copy of my book. If you’ve already pre-ordered one online, please bring it with you that evening and I’ll sign it as well so that you have one for yourself and one to give as a gift. But really, are two copies enough?

Here’s your opportunity to finish most of your holiday shopping in one evening: give a signed book as a gift on its own or as a book-and-bottle gift set. So thoughtful of you!

Tuesday October 25, Ottawa
Play Food & Wine

2 events

1 York Street (Byward Market)

Ticket price: $50 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book,

canapes and tasting of Malivoire and Catena wines

Buy your tickets online now from TicketWeb:

5:30 p.m. Wine Tasting and Reading


7:30 p.m. Wine Tasting and Reading

In my opinion Play is the best wine bar in Ottawa, with a spectacular section of wines and first-rate cuisine. What better place to launch this book tour?! I’ll be leading a tasting of wines featured in my book and reading some excerpts from it.

Afterwards I’ll be signing your copy of the book and any additional copies you’d like to buy as holiday gifts.


Thursday October 27 at 6:30pm, Toronto
Read For the Cure Event

Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Ticket price: $90 includes wine and hors d’ouevres

888-222-6608 or Ticket Web

This gala fundraiser for Breast Cancer research at the gorgeous Arcadian Court is one of the most spectacular events for book lovers during the fall season. Attendees will meet authors such as Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure; Terry Fallis, author of The High Road and recent winner of Canada Reads, for his novel The Best Laid Plans; and award-winning singer Jann Arden, who’s just published a terrific autobiography, Falling Backwards. They’ll also get signed copies of their books.

I’ll be hosting a short, informal wine tasting before the dinner starts at 6:45 p.m., featuring some spectacular wines from Stoneleigh Estates. My book will be on sale at this event, and I’ll sign as many copies as you like. If you’re looking for an evening with readings from the book and more wine tasting, please see the event below at Grano Restaurant on November 23.


Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, Montreal
Appetite for Books 2 events

388 Victoria Avenue, Westmount
Ticket price: $45

October 28: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

October 29: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

includes a signed copy of new Natalie’s book and wine tasting

I love this cookbook store in the posh Westmount neighbourhood of Montreal! All of their books are dedicated to food and wine, so the selection is huge. They also have a full-fledged kitchen in the store. The biggest names in food and wine choose to have their book events here: Anthony Bourdain, Barbara Fairchild (Bon Appetit magazine), Bonnie Stern, Laura Calder, Ricardo and more.

We did two events for the first book and they were so much fun that we had to work together again! There’ll be wine and nibbles. The Friday event will be in the evening and Saturday will likely be around 5:30 p.m., but those times will be confirmed and I’ll update here when they are. Most likely you will purchase your tickets from the store.

Thursday, November 3 from 7-9 p.m., Winnipeg

Blaze Bistro and Lounge

The exclusive event for Airmiles Gold Members will include a signed copy of my book, wine tasting and nibbles. I will not be attending this event personally, but I’ll be there with you in spirit! They’re not taking registration yet, but when they do, call 888-247-6453 and follow the prompts to register for an event reward.

Tuesday, November 8 from 6-8 p.m., Kelowna/Okanagan

Kelowna Wine Museum

1304 Ellis Street
Ticket price: $50 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, wine tasting, appetizers

Buy your tickets now from the VQA Wine Museum or Mosaic Books (250-763-4418)

We also held the event for the first book at the Kelowna Wine Museum as it’s such a terrific venue with the wine memorabilia and wine gift shop. They put on a first-class evening last time, and this one promises to be even better as they’re teaming up with the folks from Mosaic Books so they’ll be additional copies for sale that I can sign as holiday gifts.


Friday November 11 from 4-5:30 p.m., Whistler
Cornucopia Wine & Food Festival

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard
Ticket price: $54 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book and tasting of 15 wines

Buy your tickets for the Cornucopia wine tasting online now

Here are the details of this keynote address from the event site:

Travel to eight countries with Natalie MacLean to discover this planet’s staggeringly great value-priced wines. Named the World’s Best Drink Writer at the World food Media Awards, Canadian sommelier Natalie is just back from a whirlwind trip to uncover these gems and share them with you. She’ll guide you through an unforgettable tasting with her quirky humour and insider smarts  that made her first book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, a national bestseller.

In the Festival’s headline event, you’ll not only taste more than 15 wines that’ll become part of your regular shopping list, you’ll also hear Natalie read from her new book that’ll be hot off the press in November: Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Bottles. She’ll regale you with stories about colourful and obsessive winemakers, while giving you tips to find the best under-priced wines in the region.

Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, says that Unquenchable “introduces you to many winemakers who could be in novels, to out of the way places you want to add to your travel list, and, most of all, to an appreciation of vino as integral to the joy of living.” Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV and the Daily Grape, believes “there are very few people in the wine world that I think “get it” and Natalie is one of those people who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.”

Space is limited for this exclusive Festival event. Reserve your tickets now. Your ticket price includes a personally signed copy of Natalie’s new book Unquenchable. Following the session, you can purchase additional copies of the book as holiday gifts and Natalie will sign them.

The regions and wines: Barossa/Australia Shiraz, Mosel/Germany Riesling, Niagara Pinot Noir, Stellenbosch/South Africa Sauvignon Blanc, Sicily Reds, Mendoza/Argentina Malbec, Douro/Portugal Port, Provence/France Rose.

Sunday November 13, Ottawa
Ottawa Wine & Food Show

Ottawa Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ticket price: $89 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, wines and lunch

Tickets are sale now online at CapitalTickets or call 613-523-6386

This is the first year that the Ottawa Food & Wine Show will be held in the new (and gorgeous) Ottawa Convention Centre! I’m thrilled to deliver a keynote address at the Vintner’s Luncheon on Sunday, where you can sample many wines and I’ll read a number of excerpts from the book during the meal.

From the event web site: Join award-winning wine author Natalie MacLean for a wine and food pairing event that traces Natalie’s journey’s in her latest book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wines – currently Amazon’s best-selling wine book.  Come meet Natalie, tour and taste your way through eight international wine and food pairing stations, and walk away with an autographed copy of Natalie’s book!

Natalie MacLean’s Vintners’ Brunch Ticket includes:
Dedicated VIP Entrance – No Lineups!, Dedicated Concierge
Access to the H2O Lounge, A Day Pass to the Tasting Floor
Complimentary Coat check

Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday November 17 from 6-9 p.m., Toronto
Air Miles Gold Members, LCBO

An exclusive event for Air Miles Gold Members, includes a signed copy of Natalie’s book

Two exclusive events for Air Miles Gold Members will be held at a Toronto LCBO store. There’ll be wine tasting, nibbles, readings and prize giveaways. Space is limited to only 45 people per event.

They’re not taking registration yet, but when they do, call 888-247-6453 and follow the prompts to register for an event reward.


Saturday November 19

7-9 p.m., Calgary
Pages on Kensingston

1135 Kensington Road N.W
Ticket price: $50 (includes a signed copy of Natalie’s book)

This will include wine tasting with wines provided by Oak & Vine Wine and Spirits and readings.



Monday, November 21 from 7-9 p.m., Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim

1038 Canada Place
Ticket price: TBD includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, wine and cheese tasting

Buy your tickets from TicketWeb

The newly renovated, elegant Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel is partnering with Legacy Liquor Store for an unforgettable evening of wine and cheese pairings and readings.



Tuesday November 22 from 7-9 p.m., Niagara

The Grimsby Author Series

Casablanca Winery Inn
4 Windward

Buy your tickets online now from TicketWeb

Ticket price: $50 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, local cheeses and wines

This spectacular author series in the heart of Niagara wine country raises funds for the Grimsby Public Library. This year’s roster includes Helen Humphreys, Elizabeth Hay, Ami McKay, Wayne Johnston, Michael Winter, Frances Itani, Linden MacIntyre and Vincent Lam. We’ll have some terrific Niagara wines to taste as I read from the chapter dedicated to the region.

Wednesday November 23 at 6:30 p.m., Toronto
Grano Restaurant 

2035 Yonge Street

Ticket price: $100 includes a multi-course meal paired with wines

plus signed copy of Natalie’s new book

Call Ben McNally Books to buy your tickets: 416-361-0032

This promises to be a spectacular evening with a multi-course meal paired with wines. I’ll be reading from a number of chapters to give you a full-flavour of the book. This event is part of the author series that Ben McNally Books and Grano host every fall, and has featured many terrific fiction and non-fiction writers in the past.

 November 27 evening, Halifax

 Atlantica Hotel

1980 Robie St
Ticket price: $100 includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, four-course meal and wine tasting

Buy your tickets online now from Ticketweb

Executive Chef Luis Clavel will prepare extraordinary four-course meal for us with wine pairings. The hotel is partnering with King’s Bookstore for this elegant evening. More details to follow soon.

February 19, St. John’s, Newfoundland

This event for Airmiles Gold Members will be held on February 18. I’ll confirm as soon as I have more details.

They’re not taking registration yet, but when they do, call 888-247-6453 and follow the prompts to register for an event reward.


2012 Date TBD, Winnipeg
McNally Robinson Booksellers & Prairie Ink Restaurant

Wine & Dine Series

Grant Park 1120 Grant Ave
Ticket price: $100

includes a signed copy of Natalie’s new book, 4-course meal, wine tasting

Buy tickets now at the bookstore or call John Toews, Events Coordinator
204-453-0424 ext. 227

This bookstore and its restaurant are famous for their author series dinners every fall. I’ll be reading from several chapters in the book and we’ll taste a variety of wines throughout dinner. The menu is to die-for!



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