Reviewed by Sara Padilla

Oenophile and author Natalie MacLean has a goal to which many of us will be immediately attracted to: finding bargain priced wines that taste really good! In today’s markets, wine shops, and corner stores, the sheer variety of wine can be overwhelming, and bottles range from less than a few dollars to over $100 per bottle. It’s no wonder the average person is perplexed.

MacLean’s light and lively writing style keeps the reader engaged. For those down-to-earth readers who truly love wine, this is a wonderful find amidst a plethora of more formal and sometimes intimidating books about wine available in bookstores.

Unlike typical wine reviewers, MacLean is a storyteller. She explores more than what the wine tastes like by making interesting and fun observations about a “$10 bottle that tastes like $30”. Especially poignant in today’s economic climate, Unquenchable!: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines is a fun and fantastic resource for those of us who appreciate a bargain but are not willing to sacrifice quality. MacLean also describes the people she meets in her wine journey – the winemakers, the people who create and consume the beverage, – with joy and respect. Their passion for winemaking is authentic and impressive, and for this reader, made me consider a whole new side of the business!

MacLean writes with a spirit of adventure, curiosity and fun. She documents her travels in a unique and wonderfully welcome manner that invites both the seasoned wine drinker and the newbie to the table.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Check out Natalie’s website to learn more

Ms. Sara Padilla is a freelance writer and maintains a personal blog on family, health and wellness. She resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Perigee Trade. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.