Which hilariously named Sangria recipe should you try today? How did an unintentional restaurant order spark my passion for wine? Why should you serve Pinot Noir in a big glass? How can you safely expand your wine horizons the next time you go to a store or restaurant? What do you need to know about low-cal wines? How can you use the “wet t-shirt trick” to quickly cool a bottle of white wine?
In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m being interviewed by Sheila and Anita for the Moms Sipping Sangria podcast.
You can find the wines we discussed here.
- Which hilariously named Sangria recipe should you try today?
- How did an unintentional restaurant order spark my passion for wine?
- Which aspects of Pinot Noir will you find especially inviting?
- Why should you serve Pinot Noir in a big glass?
- What red wine components might give you a headache?
- What influences your buying decisions when shopping for wine?
- How can you safely expand your wine horizons the next time you go to a store or restaurant?
- Are there certain things you should consider before ordering the house wine?
- What do you need to know about low-cal wines?
- What’s my take on homemade wine?
- Why should you consider giving canned and Tetra Pak wines a try?
- Should you always serve wine at room temperature?
- Are there advantages to you taking a wine and food pairing class online versus in person?
- What simple tip can you apply to improve your wine and food pairing today?
- How can you use the “wet t-shirt trick” to quickly cool a bottle of white wine?
- What are your best bets for choosing wine for Sangria?
- How should you drink Rosé?
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About Moms Sipping Sangria
Long-time friends Sheila Walsh and Anita Reynolds MacArthur are experts on parenting tweens, teens, and young adults. What makes them experts? For starters, they are each raising three children (yep, that’s SIX kids combined!) ranging in age from 11-21. Although they are in the trenches trying to raise good human beings while managing full-time careers, they appear to be surviving the teen years (knock on wood!).
Anita is the former Senior Editor for Lifestyle & Parenting at Walmart.ca. She is a Digital/Print Content Specialist with extensive experience in Educational Publishing K-12. Sheila is a professional Broadcaster, voice talent and Media Professor at The Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Humber College.
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Welcome to episode 100!
What’s the quickest way to chill a bottle of wine? How can the lemon and butter test help you pair wine with food? Which wines should you use for sangria? And why are online wine courses surging in popularity?
That’s exactly what you’ll discover in this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast. I’m chatting with Sheila Walsh and Anita Reynolds MacArthur, hosts of the wonderfully entertaining podcast Moms Sipping Sangria. They’ve got 6 kids between them. During each episode, these working moms discuss the ups and downs of motherhood while navigating the pre-teen, teen, and young adult years.
On this episode, they’re actually interviewing me, and we laugh and share stories on everything from gruesome homemade wine to early family experiences with wine.
This is episode 100, and I’d like to thank you for helping to make this podcast one of Apple’s Best Listens of the YEar as well as one of the New York Times 7 Best Drinks Podcasts.
I’d also like to thank my podcast editor Alex Stennett and social media manager Ellen Macdonald, without whom I could not have produced this podcast, or stuck with it to get to 100 episodes.
To celebrate this milestone, I’m announcing the winners of the 3 signed hardcover editions of my second book, Unquenchable, named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. These are going to the three people who come up with the best ideas on how to celebrate this milestone and/or who suggest great interview candidates for the next 100 episodes.
So here there are…. Drumroll please!
Jessica Seitz from Grand Prairie, Alberta who says:
I listen to your podcast regularly and try to catch your Wednesday evening facebook live appearances when I can. Lately you have been mentioning you are looking for ideas to celebrate your 100th podcast that is coming up (congratulations!). I would like to suggest that you release a list of your ‘Top 100 wines.” As a reader and follower of many wine magazine/websites/podcasts I realize a list of 100 wines can be daunting to a reader let alone making one but I would suggest breaking it into smaller chunks like 25 top red, white, sparkling and sweet wines (dessert, ice wines, ports, etc). Then you can still have it be a top 100 without it seeming so daunting to readers and they can go to the section they are most interested in or would match what they are eating it with.
Our second winner is John Calderone from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin who suggests:
- Bring back one memorable guest from the first 99 episodes and ask just followup questions. What have you been up to? What is new and exciting? How are you dealing with Covid – something (asking questions is kind of what you do best).
- Tell us the 100 things you have learned since doing this. Each is quick – many 1 sentence.
I love the podcasts 🙂
Our third winner is
Ivette Ortiz from Costa Rica
I am one of your followers on social media and your podcast and I happened to listen to episode 93 today. I’m an Opera singer and a CSW candidate with the Society of Wine Educators. I started a project named DeCanta, combining my knowledge of wine and music to do musical pairings, creating a sensorial experience for people while tasting wine. I work with my husband who is an opera singer as well, we have done events online due to the pandemic and also because I started this project to be able to sing for an audience and support my husband who is a freelance and out of job due to the shutdown of opera houses.
I thought that we could pair opera or songs and wine, you could tell me which wines and I will choose the music according to the characteristics of the wines you choose, I will do the music part and you will use your wine expertise. It will be fun and people can enjoy music and wine together.
This is a great suggestion and I’ll definitely be booking you for an interview in the New Year when I run out of my booked guests. Speaking of that, I’m looking for suggestions for the 2021 lineup, so please email me at email@example.com if you’d like to recommend a colourful winemaker, sommelier, wine or food writer, or celebrity who has a terrific wine story to tell.
Congratulations to the three winners! I’ll be reaching out to you via email to confirm your mailing addresses.
Okay, on with the show!
Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my chat with Anita and Sheila on everything from chilling wine and making sangria to restaurant house wines and taking online wine courses.
Speaking of that, you’ll You can find a link free online wine and food pairing class in the show notes, along with links to the Moms Sipping Sangria podcast, their social media channels, and where you can find me on Facebook live every second Wednesday at 7 pm, that’s all in the show notes at nataliemaclean.com/100.
You won’t want to miss next week when I’ll be chatting with Andrea Kaiser who grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake amidst the winemaking revolution fueled by her father, the legendary Karl Kaiser, co-founder and winemaker of Inniskillin Wines. Andrea has created her own illustrious career in wine and is now the Chair of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. She’s going to chat with us about how the wineries are coping with Covid, tips on visiting wineries now, and what you can do to support these local businesses, including the special holiday packages of wine you can buy online now. I’ll include a link for that in the show notes.
In the meantime, if you missed episode 49 with Stephanie Piche who chats about Niagara wines and the annual icewine festival, go back and take a listen. I’ll share a short clip with you now to whet your appetite.
If you liked this episode, please tell one friend about it this week, especially someone you know who’d be interested in the wine tips that I shared.
Thank-you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a wine pairs perfectly with birthdays and other milestone celebrations!