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Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean was named the World's Best Drinks Writer 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 previous wine books — Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass and Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines — were each selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much is her debut memoir.

Natalie is the host of Unreserved Wine Talk , named one of the seven best drinks podcasts by the New York Times and one of Apple's Best Listens of the Year.

Natalie studied the Romantic Poets at Oxford University with Jonathan Wordsworth and graduated with honours from the Master's of Business Administration at Western University. She lives in Ottawa.

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