Natalie MacLean on the road that led her to drinking a lot of wine
Raised by a single mother in Nova Scotia, Natalie MacLean learned the value of a deal, hard work and ambition at a young age. A strong work ethic and drive, combined with study at Oxford University and in Canada, has helped to shape her into the woman she is today: An award-winning author of two best-selling books and an internationally-acclaimed writer on wines.
Natalie enjoys life to the fullest, sharing a love of movies with her 14 year-old-son Rian, and engaging in the family sport of dining out on weekends. There is nothing she likes more than great conversation and camaraderie that happens over good food and wine.
Growing up on the East Coast, beer and whisky were plentiful, but she never developed a taste for either and didn’t think she liked alcohol at all. In her mid-twenties, while having dinner at an Italian restaurant, she tasted a robust red wine and marvelled at how wonderful it was with her meal. She still remembers how the taste of wine intrigued her, but had no words to describe it. Wanting to learn more, she pursued courses in wine appreciation and graduated from the sommelier program at Algonquin College.
Now, armed with an MBA and honed business experience, Natalie has 148,000 subscribers to her e-newsletter and a mobile app that helps you find that perfect bottle of wine at the LCBO. She is always developing and expanding her brand around her love of wine, by travelling to discover new wines and meeting the people behind the bottle. With over onemillion wine producers world-wide, Natalie is committed to trying as many wines as possible and believes that a glass of fine wine with a good meal is a wonderful way to live.
NATALIE’S TASTING STATION SITS BEHIND HER EUROPEAN INSPIRED GOURMET KITCHEN