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March 1, 2019

Hi Natalie,

You're handed the restaurant wine list ... now what?

Don't panic, I'm here to help.

Think of me as your red-nosed super hero, striding down the aisle between tables as my purple whips out behind me and other diners look up in surprise.

Not so much?

Well, I've got the next best thing: the video clip below from CTV's The Social with my best insider tips on tackling that list.


Speaking of restaurant wine lists, you'll find a chapter devoted to them in my book Red, White and Drunk All Over, where I work for an evening as an undercover sommelier in a fancy French restaurant.

The book is now available in paperback, kindle and audiobook ... helping commuters everywhere forget traffic ;)

If you spot any of the wines in my latest picks on a resto list, go for it:

BC Stores (stock), Alberta, LCBO (stock), SAQ (stock), NB, NS, Canada.

You can change which updates you receive from me, but why would you? ;)



P.S. Ever imagine how great it would be to simply smell a wine in a restaurant and know that you love it?

You'll find out how in my free online video wine class.

No reservations required, so save your seat now!

P.P.S. In the latest episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we chat with one of the smartest (and funniest) winemakers, Charles Back of South Africa's Goast do Roam ;)

Listen to his hilarious stories here


CTV’s The Social: Restaurant Wine Lists?

On CTV’s The Social, we chat about how to choose wine from a restaurant list, including how to indicate how much you want to pay for a bottle (without saying it out loud) and how to send back a bad bottle without embarrassment.

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Video: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Columnist

Esther Mobley, Wine Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, shares her best wine stories and insights with us in this live video chat:

What was the most exciting aspect of writing for the Wine Spectator Magazine?

How did your column change the naming of the famous To-Kalon vineyard?

Do large commercial brands, like Meiomi, impact the California wine industry?

Why was your college admissions essay published in the New York Times?

Find out these answers in this dynamic Live Video Chat here, where you can also read viewer comments. You don't need to be on Facebook for this.


You'll find previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) here.

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