Meet the Member: Natalie MacLean

Natalie Maclean
Natalie MacLean is a wine writer, broadcaster and Brunello lover. She's also 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. Amanda Barnes interviews her on her career in wine, how digital media has transformed wine writing and educ...
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2019 in review

Robert Smyth and Amanda Barnes take a quick look at some of the biggest news stories and wine happenings in 2019. 2019 got off to a fizzing start as nine prolific Cava producers left the DO to start their own new premium sparkling wine category, Corpinnat (February 2019). Despite the rather recent initiative in 2017 of Cava DO to keep some of their most prestigious producers happy with the spec...
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Southern Ontario regional report and 2019 vintage profile

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Taking stock of half a century of Canadian vintages

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Michael Vaughan has been writing about Canadian wines for fifty years and assessing the vintages for most of those years, available today on his online publication www.vintageassessments.com. In this interview Amanda Barnes asks him how much Canadian wine has changed over that time, and where he sees the most potential in Canadian wine for the future. You've been writing about Canadian wine since...
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The real meaning of blind tasting

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Richard Lane describes what it's like to be the WSET's first blind student. A version of this article was originally published at JancisRobinson.com in July 2019. My first semester of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's Diploma is over, and it’s time to draw breath, while continuing to educate my palate. Being blind, unable to read wine labels, struggling (sometimes) to read articles and book...
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Sherry superb yet still slumbering

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An academic approach to acquiring fine wine

Tony Harries owns up to a sneaky student scheme he used to snap up some serious wine. His big bag, it turns out, was not full of books. I’m going to start with a confession; a youthful indiscretion and I know that when you first read this you’ll be shocked. Hopefully by the time you get to the end you might actually wish that I’d done worse. I want to talk about something I invented, called ‘Alco...
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Meet the Member: Hugh Johnson OBE

Hugh Johnson OBE is the world's best-selling wine writer and along with fellow Circle Member, Jancis Robinson, they have just launched the 8th edition 0f The World Atlas of Wine. Amanda Barnes interviews Hugh on his career as a wine writer and how he first came to put together the first edition of this revolutionary wine book in 1971. Hugh shares his thoughts on climate change, the evolution of wi...
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Old World winemakers flock to New York State’s hot winemaking spot

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