Cordon d'Or - Gold Ribbon
is pleased to present the Bios and Photographs of the Winners in the
Annual International CookBooks and 'Culinary Arts' Awards - 2007
Cookbooks and Culinary Arts Award
'RED, WHITE & DRUNK ALL OVER -
A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass'
Bio: 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. Her unswerving goal in life is to intimidate those crusty wine stewards at fine restaurants with her staggering knowledge.
Natalie's book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass chronicles her last three years sipping, spitting and slogging her way through the international wine world to visit some its most evocative places and to meet some of its most charismatic, obsessive and innovative characters. The book has been described as A Year in Provence meets Kitchen Confidential then goes Sideways.
She has been nominated for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer award, along with writers from the Financial Times of London, The Independent and Wine International. In the U.K. she has been nominated twice for Communicator of the Year award, hosted by the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, England.
Natalie is the drinks blogger for Epicurious, the web site for both Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines. More than five million food and wine lovers visit the site every month.
Other than wine, her interests include highland dancing, which she taught for ten years, after placing fifth in the world championships in Scotland. A Rhodes Scholarship finalist, she studied nineteenth-century English literature at Oxford University, England; earned an honors Bachelor of Public Relations (MSVU, Halifax) and took an MBA with distinction (UWO, London). However, all of this training is irrelevant to her current preoccupation. Instead, she credits the long line of hard drinkers from whom she descends for her ability to drink like a fish—and for the motivation to write about it, in a transparent attempt to make it look respectable.
Natalie offers a free e-mail newsletter that will help you make choices from restaurant wine lists, match wine with food, get good value when you buy wine, and chuckle over the lighter side of wine. While she tackles each topic to learn something new, she never takes wine—or herself—too seriously.