Wine Witch On Fire - Dundurn

“Zesty, vibrant, meditative, edgy, structured, intense.”

— Frances Mayes, New York Times best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and A Place in the World

A National Bestseller

A powerful memoir about how one woman resurrects her life and career in the glamorous but sexist wine industry.

Natalie MacLean, a bestselling wine writer, is shocked when her husband of twenty years, a high-powered CEO, demands a divorce. Then an online mob of rivals comes for her career.

Wavering between despair and determination, she must fight for her son, rebuild her career, and salvage her self-worth using her superpowers: heart, humour, and an uncanny ability to pair wine and food.

Natalie questions her insider role in the slick marketing that encourages women to drink too much while she battles the wine world’s veiled misogyny. Facing the worst vintage of her life, she reconnects with the vineyards that once brought her joy, the friends who sustain her, and her own belief in second chances. This true coming-of-middle-age story is about transforming your life and finding love along the way.


Natalie MacLean, named the World’s Best Drinks Writer, has also won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. She’s the bestselling author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, and her new memoir, Wine Witch on Fire. She hosts the NYT recommended podcast Unreserved Wine Talk. She lives in Ottawa.