Natalie MacLean is also the author of Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines and Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much – A Memoir.
Natalie was named the World’s Best Drinks Journalist at the World Food Media Awards and has won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. She is the only person to have won both the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation and the M. F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Wine EnthusiastThe Globe and MailSan Francisco ChronicleChicago TribuneMinneapolis Star TribuneSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, and National Post. She’s the regular wine expert on several television shows.
Natalie is the host of Unreserved Wine Talk, selected as one of the best drinks podcasts by The New York Times. She interviews the most colorful people in the wine world and chronicles her journey in publishing this book and the next one. She offers online food and wine pairing classes where she connects personally with those around the planet who share her passion for wine at

Titles by Natalie MacLean

  • by Natalie MacLean

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    We wine writers tend to be obsessive souls. How else can a person stay fascinated throughout a career with just one drink? Compare us to food writers: Over their lives, they’ll encounter thousands of ingredients and ways of combining and cooking them. Wine, by contrast, is just fermented grapes. But it engages our primary senses-smell, taste, feel-in a way that is both hedonistic and cerebral.

    That’s why I’ve spent the past several years traipsing around the world, visiting wineries, tasting their offerings, and searching for the world’s best cheap wines. The narrative is as familiar as Arthur’s quest for the grail and as naive as Dr. Seuss’s plaintive search for the affirmative in Are You My Mother?

    With her signature conversational style, Natalie MacLean takes you on a whirlwind journey through the world of wine, searching for great taste at a low cost. By turns confessional-with guilty admissions from a penny-pincher who loves simple pleasures-and spirited, Unquenchable is informed by MacLean’s decade-long career as an award-winning wine writer.

    In this engaging and enlightening book, MacLean recounts her adventures with the most passionate personalities in some of the most gorgeous, off-beat places in the world-from the crazed vintner who explains his philosophy while speeding down the Autobahn to the Sicilian winemakers you don’t want to disappoint with your tasting notes. Yet there’s plenty to take away from her inspired recommendations for food pairing to lists of favorite value wines and vintners, plus plenty of pointers that will enhance your own drinking pleasure.

  • by Natalie MacLean

    Award-winning writer Natalie MacLean sweeps readers behind the scenes of the international wine world, visiting its most evocative places and meeting its most charismatic personalities. Red, White, and Drunk All Over showcases the engaging wit, investigative curiosity, and sharp eye for obsessive passion that has made her free e-newsletter Nat Decants one of the most popular in North America.

    This wine-soaked blend of Kitchen Confidential and Sideways is a fascinating tour from the grape to the glass that will drive readers to drink. And think. And laugh.