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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

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Jun 1, 2023

Episode 176 

Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery 


Episode 176 | Natalie MacLean, Wine Writer, Author & Instructor

Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery

Today, we chat with Natalie MacLean regarding her new book, and how her past has helped her pen her new book, Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much. 

Book:  Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much

1:28  Natalie reflects on how she turned some of the hardest times in her life into an engaging memoir - instead of just  a “misery dump”

6:00 Marcy asks Natalie about her “Twittergate” issue that is discussed in the book, and we learn about how Natalie has become a Copywrite Nerd!

8:10 Natalie highlights a lot of women winemakers in her memoir! 

11:40 Natalie chats about social media management and content creation - it’s a lot of work!

12:22 The Companion Guide to the book entails: Book Club info, Wine info, discussion topics!

14:00 Natalie shares where she likes to visit when she comes to Sonoma County - Merry Edwards, La Crema, Pinos are her favorite! 

15:55 Dry Extract - when wine is boiled down to its essence - this is what made her discover who she is at her core - and brought her closure with this book. 

17:22 Natalie’s recommendation of what pairs with catharsis: Pinot Noir - packed with flavor, it’s not heavy, it’s a release, there’s no bitter aftertaste. 
18:55 Natalie has her own podcast too, check it out! Unreserved Wine Talk (link below)

19:13 Be sure to check out her website for wine resources and other bonuses for buying her book through her website! 



Wine Witch on Fire: Rising from the ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much

Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast

Sponsored by:

Ron Rubin Winery 

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