Natalie MacLean, Author of Red, White and Drunk All Over

07/22/2008 13:48

We met Natalie while searching for food and wine matching for our own wine group.  Her award-winning web site, articles, free e-newsletter and wine-and-food matcher are impressive so we had to get her thoughts for our readers!



What was the first memory you have of wine?

The terrible stuff we drank at Christmas and Easter when I was a child, usually from the same box.


What was the first wine that you considered to be good wine?

Brunello when I had graduated from university: sublime... in a small Italian restaurant.


Do you think it's the taste of a good wine or the experience while drinking the wine that makes it good?

 Both, one infuses the other... they're inseparable.


How big is your cellar?

1500 bottles.


What is your favorite varietal(s)?

Whichever wine someone else is buying...Pinot (Noir) if I have to pay, its seductively silky.


What is your favorite region for wine?

No favorites, I’m eclectic.

What is your favorite vineyard or brand?

Too many to name.

Do you have a favorite bottle?


What wine are you saving for a special day?

I have some 1966 Bordeaux to celebrate a future birthday.


Where do you buy the majority of your wine?

 I buy mostly from my local retailers.


Have you ever had an organic wine?  Did you like it?

Yes, I recommend them frequently.


What is the most you've ever spent on a bottle of wine?



What was your favorite wine experience (or one of your top experiences)?

Visiting Oregon, its beautiful.


What one wine do you recommend for our readers to try?

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir from New Zealand.


What is an up-and-coming wine region you think is a good value right now?

Argentina Malbec.

About Natalie MacLean

To fund her late-night vinous habits, Natalie MacLean holds down day jobs as a wine writer, speaker and judge. An accredited sommelier, she is a member of the National Capital Sommelier Guild, the Wine Writers Circle and several French wine societies with complicated and impressive names. Funny, brainy and unapologetically tipsy, her goal in life is to intimidate those crusty wine stewards at fine restaurants with her staggering knowledge… Read More Here


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