A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available at http://winefornormalpeople.libsyn.com.
Loudoun County, Virginia is in close proximity to Washington, D.C. -- the farthest vineyards are just over an hour's drive away. The area is known more for big, beautiful event spaces & mediocre wine than as a premier region of Virginia. But about 7 years ago Aimee and Todd Henkle of Lost Creek decided to be part of the movement to change that. We learn how hey are doing so with elegant wines, one vintage at a time!
Anthony Road Wine Company is a legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It’s one of the pioneering wineries of the area, and it makes wines that reflect the soils and climate of the Finger Lakes. Their wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards owned or managed by the Martini Family and carefully selected by Peter Becraft, the head winemaker. This week Peter tells us the story of Anthony Road, his path to becoming the winemaker and the things that make the wines so unique.
Boundary Breaks is located in the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It's the consummate cool weather growing region, where Riesling and aromatic whites reign supreme. Bruce Murray, the founder and creative force behind Boundary Breaks, tells us how he went from newspaper man, to working with Elon Musk, to running a winery so focused on terroir, they don't even have a winemaker (they have 3).
Sleight of Hand Cellars is the fulfillment of two dreams. Jerry Solomon was a real estate attorney in San Diego who longed for a small town life and wanted wine to be part of it. Trey Busch was a Walla Walla winemaker who had insane talent but needed a partner to make his dream winery a reality. The two created Sleight of Hand 12 years ago to create exceptional, terroir driven wines that reflect Washington's unique beauty.
Eric McKibben is a partner at Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery in Walla Walla, Washington -- one of the most underrated yet distinctive winemaking regions in the United States. He shares what makes his hometown so special and why Walla Walla Estate wines of Cabernet and Syrah, especially, are such terroir-driven standouts in the wine world.
Virginia, on the east coast of the United States, has much history with grape growing, but not all of it was good. Today, however, exciting producers have mastered their microclimates and are making some of the most elegant, terroir-driven wines in the United States. This week I sit down with Elizabeth Smith of Afton Mountain Vineyards. We discuss everything from Virginia history with grape growing, to terroir obsession, to the European flare of the region, and why the wines are so darn good.
Just 40 miles/65 km north of Cape Town lies a large area that makes the most exciting, sought after wines in South Africa. Swartland is full of passionate winemakers who create wines of such depth, flavor, and nuance that it’s hard to believe so few know about them. In this show, we tell you about the Syrah, Rhône and Mediterranean varietals, the Chenin Blanc and other stunning white blends coming from this area and why you need to seek it out ASAP!
If you think Vinho Verde is just a fizzy summer sipper, we're about to open up a new world for you. You CAN get the run of the mill stuff but with multiple grapes, regions, and producer styles, if you dig deeper this wine has way more to it than you think!
Theresa Breuer is a young woman who found herself (sadly, earlier than she expected) at the helm of one of the most respected, highest quality Riesling producers in the Rheingau region of Germany: Weingut Georg Breuer. I had the pleasure of spending the day with her a few years back and she is brilliant, poised, kind and a genius vigneron and cellar master, but more than anything, at 30-something, she is one of the best fresh faces and ambassadors for what Rheingau wine is, was, and should be.
We tackle a wine style that is adored in certain hip, wine "in-crowd" circles: "orange" wine, which is actually white wine made with skin contact like a red is made. With whites, there is long contact with the skins and seeds that give the wine a darker, orange-ish color, and VERY different flavors. Spoiler alert: M.C. Ice and Elizabeth are not fans and they let it be known why!
No, it's not a typo: Martinborough is a quality enclave in the larger Wellington Wine Country of New Zealand, which we discuss in depth in this episode. Simone Madden-Grey returns to tell us about the stunning Pinot Noir, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, up and coming Syrah, and other excellent Wellington wines that must be on your radar!
This episode is sponsored by Coravin, the first and only tool in the world that lets you pour wine without removing the cork. Although sponsored, this is the same as any other interview show! Greg Lambrecht is one of those great minds you come across every now and then -- unhindered by things that seem impossible. You'll love learning about Coravin and how he solved a problem wine drinkers all grapple with -- sometimes you just want one glass without opening a bottle!
In this episode of the Grape Miniseries, we discuss Pineau de la Loire, a.k.a, Chenin Blanc! This white grape is one of the most versatile in terms of wine styles it can make – from floral sparkling, to stunning dry and off dry versions to unctuous dessert wines. Chenin is underrated, not always treated with regard, but it has a pedigree and a class that can’t be doubted. After hearing about all it has to offer, you’ll want to run out and get a bottle ASAP!
Salta, Argentina, and specifically the Calchaquí Valleys, contains the highest altitude vineyards in the world and some of the most unique wines. At these heights, UV radiation changes the grapes so in this tiny, remote area, the wines contain flavors and character you won't find from anywhere else!
Mendoza is Argentina’s most important and prolific wine region, representing two-thirds of the nation’s wine production. We talk about the effect of altitude and other geographical features that make this area so unique. Then we break down sub regions and discuss the incredible diversity that guarantees there is a wine style for every palate out of this beautiful, mountainous wine region.
Lorenzo Muslija is co-owner and National Sales Manager for Andis Wines in the Sierra Foothills of California. We discuss his early life growing up in Florence, his career as a successful restaurateur there, his passion for wine that brought him to California, and why he thinks Sierra Foothills has huge promise. Lorenzo is one of the nicest, most charming, and most up-and-coming guys in wine! He's one to watch for sure!
Tom Wark, executive director of the National Association of Wine Retailers rejoins the podcast to discuss the huge WIN for American wine consumers that has taken place. The Supreme Court of the US, the highest court of the land, has basically decided that states are not permitted to block interstate commerce -- meaning wine shops anywhere in the US are permitted to ship wine to any consumer in the US. This means no matter where you are in the US, you'll have access to great wine from all over the world!
Greece is among the oldest and the newest wine nations in the world. Although it got cooking with winemaking more than 6000 years ago, a huge break in the action took it out of the winemaking game from about the mid 1400s until the 1990s. But it's back! And with the best wines made from indigenous grapes and select regions, you'll want to listen to this show to know what to seek out. And don't forget to look at a map while or after listening!
Jason Haas from Tablas Creek returns to the show to give us his perspective on 30 years of the most innovative winery in California, which runs in partnership with the Perrins of Rhône fame. We take the long view, discussing a retrospective blog post Jason wrote on what they got right and wrong in the last 30 years, and then we chat about what's next.
Provence, France is a multifaceted wine region. Although it makes mainly rosé, there is much to explore here. To start, not all of that rosé is created equal. And there are whites and reds you may not be aware of, that are just stunning. This podcast is a surprising, dorky, deep look at this beautiful wine region.
Greg LaFollette is known in the wine world as a “vine whisperer,” “cellar magician,” and tireless coaxer and protector of his handcrafted wines. A former seminarian and biochemist with degrees in Plant Biology and Chemistry, Greg has worked for BV, started La Crema and Hartford Court for Jackson Family Wine (Kendall-Jackson), started Sonoma Pinot cult brand Flowers and his own brands LaFollette (which he sold) and now Alquimista. He is widely considered an expert on Pinot Noir.
At the request of a listener, we discuss vegetarian food pairing, an art that's just as easy or hard as with any dish. The difference is that in the veg world, we pair with sauce and seasoning and the complexities are many -- and we get into a lot of them!
Serge Doré has been a US importer of small French family made wines for nearly four decades. His story and background is featured in episode 262, and in episode 276, we spoke with the vigneron of one of the small families he represents, Amelie Aubert from Bordeaux. This time he returns to speak with us about what Bordeaux is really like and his perspective on the good and bad of the region, how it compares with others and why it is so magnificent.
The Aubert family has lived in Saint-Émilion on the Right Bank of Bordeaux since 1750 and has a long and successful history as producers of some of Bordeaux’s finest wines. This week Amélie, the 7th generation vigneron, joins us to tell us all about how wine is really made in Bordeaux, the importance of terroir and the differences in appellations, and how tradition is essential to making excellent wine. A truly outstanding woman and a look at how Bordeaux wine is so different from that of the New World
This week: the Pinot Czarina herself, Lane Tanner. She is famed for her deep knowledge of Pinot Noir winemaking in Santa Barbara, having arrived as only the second woman winemaker in the county in 1981. Since then, Lane has built a reputation as one of the top Pinot specialists in CA and she is an icon. Today, she is the winemaker and partner with Will Hentry (Ep 259) in Lumen Wines, making exceptional single vineyard Pinot Noir, with great Chardonnay, Grenache, Grenache blanc and Pinot Gris to boot.
Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is a regular columnist for the Spectator Health blog, where his article on March 28, 2019 “The campaign to make alcohol ‘the new tobacco’” caught my eye. In this show, Chris and I dig into the problems with new studies on wine and health that are biased and skewed. We talk about possible trajectories for Neo-temperance and the fact that despite their claims wine in moderation is still good for you!
Tannat is one of the gems of southwest France – a tannic, acidic, flavorful grape that makes wines packed with complexity (and huge health benefits!). This show takes you from the origins of the grape to the changes it needed to survive in modern times to the glory it’s achieving in Uruguay and its potential in California. A dorky show but a fascinating one, nonetheless!
Another in our series of the greatest wines in the world, this dorky, in-depth show goes over the intricate details of Rioja, Spain. The history is just fascinating(especially the ties to France), and the wines are a marvel. Rioja truly is a GREAT.
Napa and Sonoma are right next to each other on the map and they seem interchangeable. But looks can be deceiving. Oded Shakked of Longboard Vineyards and Jim Morris, the Sonoma/Napa Wine Guy, help turn SoNapa into Napa and Sonoma, the discreet entities they really are in this amazing show!
La Pitchoune means “the little one” in French and the name speaks to small production, small lots, and their small size. The winery is helmed by Tracy Nielsen and her husband Peter, with Andrew Berge as winemaker and Brett Van Ernst as marketing guru. Tracy and Andrew tell us how they broke into Sonoma despite obstacles of being outsiders and now make wine you can find at Michelin-starred restaurants, including The French Laundry and Auberge du Soleil in Napa!
Kerith Overstreet is a triple threat: Bruliam Wines' winemaker and co-founder, medical doctor, and mom to three young kids. After retiring from general surgery and then medicine, she tried her hand at winemaking with one barrel. She quickly found she had the chops for it and her fourth baby, Bruliam Wines was established in 2008. Kerith makes lovely single vineyard Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay paying close attention to the land from which she sources.
Adam Teeter is Co-Founder of VinePair Inc, the huge online wine magazine that tells it like it is in the world of wine, spirits, and beer. Adam is a true normal wine person, he is obsessed with wine and trying to remove the elitism often associated with the industry. In this awesome conversation we discuss Adam’s transition from music to wine (and its similarities), and how he built VinePair to truly disrupt wine media.
Leo Hansen, winemaker of Leo Steen Wines tells us about growing up in Denmark, working in the service industry, being a sommelier in a Michelin star restaurant, and making the move to California to eventually become maker of some of the most exquisite Chenin Blanc in US!
Danny Glover is the owner of L'Object Wines, a fantastic Sonoma winery that focuses on Burgundy-style Pinot Noir. In an honest, down-to-earth way, Dan takes us from his life as a musician in LA to becoming 1 of 20 African American winery owners in the US! He is a mellow, very cool guy with a great story and a refreshing honesty that shows up in his wine style too!
This week we discuss Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean that has a wildness, a culture, and a wine portfolio all its own. From the islands that make luscious sweet wines, to the hot interior churning out fruity reds, to the elegant reds and whites of Mount Etna, Sicily has something for everyone and is on the rise.
Barossa is one of the most historic, fascinating places in the new world. Winemaking started with German immigrants in 1840 and there have been ups and downs in the industry since. What hasn’t changed: there has always been a small cadre of winemakers here that have made outstanding fascinating Shiraz and Riesling. We dig into the history of the region, talk about its wines and give you another region in Australia to seek out.
We finally cover Oregon State in the United States -- home of much Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and lots of other great emerging varietals. The state has some challenges, but it's a fascinating place and an essential part of the American wine landscape.
Serge Doré has been importing high quality, outstanding value wines from small French family wineries for decades. His passion, discerning palate, ethics, and intelligence make him a model for how importing should be done. He shares his story with us!!
Petite Sirah, a red grape that’s a cross of the Rhône varieties Peloursin and Syrah is a plummy, powerful and tannic grape that provides the vital support function of a blending grape in many wines, especially Zinfandel. This week we discuss the grape as an important blender ad what it does as a standalone variety (spoiler alert: it’s not always great!).
Located between Burgundy and Switzerland, this tiny wine region has been gathering major attention from wine dorks. From offbeat whites to nice, light reds, we give you the scoop on this obscure region with growing clout!
Will Henry, co-proprietor at Lumen Wines in the cool climate AVAs of Santa Barbara, talks about his life in surfing, environmental activism, photography, and wine. He educates us on Santa Barbara and helps us understand why the region is world class.
It's the time of year when we're having people over last minute, meeting clients or friends for a drink, or connecting with old friends who have popped into town. We need wine gifts on hand, in our house! We discuss what to have in a "wine stash"(in all price ranges) so you can grab a bottle and go without going to the shop a million times! One trip to the shop should save you a ton of stress.
This week: a live experiment with Jamie and Emily Peterson of Peterson Winery in Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, in which we drill down into the effect screw cap and cork have on wine in the long term. We discuss all kinds of bottle closures-- a must listen!
It's the annual Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving/Holiday meal that involves turkey and lots of butter episode! This year we cover the basics, as usual, but come up with one cool idea and offer an etiquette tip on something that users keep bringing up!
My job isn't just to tell you about wines you already know and love, but to put new ones you may not know on your radar. Very few are as worthy as the wines of Savoie, France. Nestled in the Alps, this place makes whites & reds that are improving every year! Will you have to look for these and maybe special order them? YES. But the payoff will be worth it!
After making wine for 48 years in Napa Valley, Stu Smith has lots to share about how wine was and is made in this famed American valley. Take a listen, as we discuss the history, terroir, and politics of Napa.
Kieran Robinson of Kieran Robinson Wine was on the podcast about 18 months ago but much has happened since then. Kieran Robinson and Kristie Sheppard Robinson share the latest -- some sad and some innovative and amazing! They have been through tough times but it sped up an idea that may just be a new model for U.S. winemakers who love both the west and east coast.
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take on the question of whether or not citizens can receive shipments of wine from retailers anywhere in the US. Guest Tom Wark, Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers (www.winefreedom.org), tells us the how, why, & the implications for everyone from importers to drinkers. THIS IS NOT a partisan, political podcast. We only talk about the ramifications for consumers and retailers, we do not discuss red v. blue.
Your mind will be blown by some of the new things that are going on in Champagne to challenge climate change, especially. From changes in grape varieties, to innovations to promote sustainability, this is one of the most interesting conversations I've had the pleasure of having in a while.
In honor of International Sherry Week, we have Andrew Sinclair of the iconic brand of Fino Sherry, Tio Pepe. We discuss the wonders of Sherry, the challenges it faces, and how and why we all need to incorporate this beautiful wine into our rotations!
We couldn't hit every food, or every wine, but this sampling was done at our kitchen table -- as an experiment with Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Indian foods. We had some great pairing moments and some colossally bad ones (I didn't realize things could go SO wrong with wine and Asian food, but here's your warning)! Enjoy!
There are different wines that are similar to the standbys most people know and love. Ian Renwick, shop owner of www.jadedpalates.com in the U.K. and I discuss ideas of alternatives and vocabulary that will be a gateway to learning and getting more amazing wines.
Acidity is one of the key components of wine, along with tannin, alcohol and sugar/dryness. This is a completely dorky look at acidity -- what it does, why it's important, and then dive into different types of acid and why it matters.
The great grape of Piedmont has a lot in common with the great grape of Burgundy, but it may be even more selective about site & growing conditions. We tell you what to look for in a great Nebbiolo, plus places outside of Piedmont doing a good job with it
Is there still a place where you can get top wines of a region for an affordable price? YES! The Maipo Valley of Chile has some of the best Bordeaux-style reds & Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. You'll learn all about what's here, including top producers.
Wine-searcher.com is a site that allows us to see prices of virtually any wine in the world, in any country where it's sold. Suzanne Kendrick, in charge of global growth, talks about how the site works, what it does, and why it's the true democratizer of wine and a huge asset to us, as wine lovers.
We share the story of Spain's Albariño/ Portugal's Alvarinho. From ancient fame, to near extinction, and then triumphant resurrection, this grape is one of our favorites -- aromatic, acidic, complex yet delicious! It's a must in your wine rotation.
Austria is mainly known for whites -- Grüner Veltliner and Riesling -- but the reds are nothing short of stunning and are fantastic light to medium bodied wines that can make amazing alternatives to Pinot Noir. Learn about the big three -- Blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent, and Zweigelt -- which are unique, range in style, and have a freshness that can't be beat. Check out the pod, and then try these amazing gems.
Blends are growing in popularity and this week we have the master of blends that are made in the vineyard: Bill Nachbur of ACORN Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA. If you are curious about old-school viticulture, this is a must-listen.
After the Episode 236 on cork, I started poking around and wondering about the history of glass wine bottles. It turns out, glass bottles, which are the most common container for finished wine have a very cool evolution and that's what we discuss this week. From color to size and shape, we give an overview of why glass bottles are the way they are today and what the marketers are trying to tell you by the bottle they use!
This week, we focus on this splendid grape that has come into its own. From obscure blender to a star varietal, Grenache or Garnacha is a total crowd-pleaser and can be a delicious wine in its simplest and most complex formats. We give the lowdown on it -- from red to white to "furry" Grenache, I'm positive you'll hear about some wine in this podcast that will make you want to run out and get it!
This week João Rui Ferreira, the Chairman of APCOR, the Portuguese Cork Association joins. We discuss everything from the environmental impacts of cork to why it's such a great closure for wine. Cork is a vital part of the wine industry and this podcast is a great way to learn about it! João is a fascinating guy!
Simone Madden-Grey, the Happy Wine Woman, is our guest host this week on a great topic!
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has become either a staple or a joke (it's often called Mrs. Supermarket wine or Soccer Mom wine). But there is more to this category than just Marlborough's mass brands. It's time to take another look & get excited about this multifaceted wine that New Zealand does better than nearly any country.
We cover Barolo and Barbaresco -- the two greats of Piedmont, Italy. These two wines are both 100% Nebbiolo, and are fragrant, tannic, acidic, and outstanding. We tell you the key differences between these greats and why each is a force in its own right.
Wine and cheese are perfect partners and knowing more about each will help you go from good to great with pairings! Cheese Master Jill Davis of Murray's Cheese tells us all about cheese and we discuss how best to pair certain types of cheese with wine!
It's a small part of the wine world but one you should know: the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley, which include Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon & others. Great Sauvignon Blanc, up and coming Pinot Noir, and fantastic rosé. History, soils and dorkiness abound in this podcast, which will make your mouth water and have you running out to get these wines ASAP!
Wine notes run the gamut--from detailed and esoteric (meat blood? Madagascar vanilla?), to cute-sy and dumb (like sunshine and puppies!)--but are they useful to us as wine drinkers? What's the goal of a note? What SHOULD it say for it to be meaningful? Ian and I discuss the state of notes and what we think could make them better. You'll let us know if we're on to something...
In a roundtable with Oded Shakked, winemaker and owner of Longboard Vineyards, and Jim Morris, Sonoma small winery veteran, we discuss the business side of small wineries, why they matter, and why they are an endangered breed (and what we can do to help).
A grape that MUST be in your arsenal, especially if you like Italian food, Barbera is diverse, food friendly, and darn tasty. The trick to the grape is to figure out the style you like and the place it's made. In this podcast we cover it all!
We begin a new series on the great wines of the world. Every so often we will profile one of the greatest wines on earth, talking about the history, the terroir, and why these wines are so special. We begin with the Southern Rhône gem: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Famous CNN weatherman and meteorologist, Derek Van Dam, comes on to school us about how weather and climate work and we discuss their effects on vineyards and regions the world 'round. A fun, lively show on weather and wine with a great friend and smart guy!
John & Diane Bucher farm & operate Bucher Vineyards, a fantastic Pinot Noir & Chard producer in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA. Passion, dedication, & a love of land define Bucher. If you want to hear about viticulture from a true farmer, listen!
Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines joins. She started with the 2000 planting of an estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma with Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris, and she makes phenomenal Chardonnay, rosé, and sparkling too. Kathleen farms with as little impact as possible to the planet. She is a great woman and a great representative for #womenshistorymonth, as she is a woman who does it all!
Continuing the Women in Wine series for Women's History Month 2018, I speak to Ana Keller of Keller Estate. She helped establish the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is Sonoma's newest cool climate appellation making excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Ana is one of the only women of Mexican heritage running a wine estate, and she is simply amazing.
Fresh off an amazing trip to the North Canterbury region, just north of Christchurch on the South Island of her homeland, New Zealand, Simone Madden-Grey lets us in on a little known place we all need to try (and visit). Focusing on aromatic whites like Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir, this may be the next great New Zealand region! For Women's History Month, we talk about our experiences as women in wine.
This week, Lucas Meeker of Meeker Wine -- a Millennial winemaker who has taken the helm of winemaking and operations at this Sonoma favorite. In his philosophical, intellectual way, Lucas recounts stories of the winery's early days and then discusses everything from additives in wine, to how wine is like vocal range.
Steve and Sher Bell of Campana Ranch discuss Steve's storied past, which included working for the Mondavis during their family split, early days in Napa & what brought him and Sher to craft the beautiful wines they make in Sonoma today.
Crux Winery owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower (some of the nicest dudes you ever want to meet) craft small lots of Rhône varietals that capture the unique characteristics of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Their wines are rich, complex and balanced, without excessive alcohol levels or overripe fruit flavors.
The amazing thing about these guys (there are a few): They each hold down big corporate jobs and have given up all spare time to dedicate their lives to making insanely good wine.
Two new, exciting wineries -- The Larsen Project and Camlow Cellars -- join me to talk about their wines, experiences in starting up new wine empires, and the life of the small guy in Sonoma. Robert Larsen runs The Larsen Projekt, which makes Grenache and Grenache Rosé. Alan Campbell and Craig Strehlow are the founders of Camlow Cellars. They make two Pinot Noirs fand a Rosé of Pinot Noir rom Russian River Valley. An exciting look into how a winery gets started -- the good, bad and ugly!
In this episode, I talk to the Zinmasters of the Dry Creek Valley, Andrew & April Nalle. Calle has been making Zinfandel in a milder style than most other wineries -- with balance, acidity, & finesse for nearly 40 years. Andrew recently took over the winery from his dad, Zin legend Doug Nalle. The Nalle story -- it's past and future -- is a family story and one that represents the small producers of Sonoma well.
This week I speak with the Peterson family of Peterson Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, CA. We learn about the history of the valley and its terroir from the force/Dry Creek Valley icon that is Fred Peterson. His son and Peterson's winemaker Jamie discusses how their winemaking philosophy makes theme different. Fred's daughter and head of sales and marketing, Emily discusses the struggles of being small winery. Kind, intelligent people who make great wine -- don't miss this!
This week I talk to Jake Bilbro, award-winning winemaker and winegrower of Limerick Lane in the Russian River of Sonoma. We discuss his family's history in Sonoma, how he came to own Limerick Lane, and his winemaking philosophies. A fascinating look at a young, but famed small producer who represents the heart and soul of Sonoma.
Syrah is one of tastiest grapes in the world but because it changes based on where it's grown, it can be a bit of a risk to buy. In this episode, we cover the fundamentals of Syrah, why it ranges in flavor and what to expect from the regions that make it.
Of the 20,000 growers in Champagne, only a handful make their own wine. 5th generation grower-producer Gaylord Legras of Champagne Legras-Frapart et Fils tells us how things operate, what's unique about grower Champagne & about the business challenges he and others in his situation face.
Looking for some help with inexpensive gifts -- either wine or wine related products, and new ideas of wine pairings for the holidays? From tips on how to figure out what wine someone else would like, to useful, easy gadgets to pairing -- it's all here!
Central Otago is known among wine dorks as a Pinot Noir mecca. We're lucky that regular podcast guest host Simone Madden-Grey is from this region! In this episode, she gives us the skinny on climate, soil, top wines, travel tips, and what's next for the wines of the region.
After a few years, we revive the grape miniseries with a star of Italy: Sangiovese. This week we dive into major detail on the grape -- from history to clones to soils to flavor by appellation, a truly dorky episode that will satisfy the dork in you!
Some in the U.S. wine industry say cannabis legalization will create a war between wine & weed for limited resources & consumer interest. But George Christie, from the Wine Industry Network, thinks collaboration could lead to great things for both parties. After you hear his point of view, you may just agree!
This week, regular guest host and UK wine shop owner, Ian Renwick, helps us sort out what Brexit is and why it is so important to the wine trade. Part politics and history lesson, this episode aims to give you context about the EU, it's historical significance with the UK and why Brexit is such a big deal for the wine trade in the UK, Europe, and countries like Australia, the US and Chile too.
Our 2017 version of the U.S Thanksgiving podcast was actually done via Facebook live, but we recorded it & edited it down for replay. We tried to limit the options to give you a few wine options, rather than a million! Enjoy! We are thankful for you!
We're honored to have guest Jacopo Cossater, wine writer for the most popular wine blog in Italy, Intravino, to discuss the Italian region he calls home: Umbria. Umbria is a small wine region but its wines are exquisite, as Jacopo explains on the show!
Tom Wark, executive director of the National Association of Wine Retailers & wine PR guru gives a fascinating look at the history of US wine law, current inane laws on interstate wine shipping & the ripple effects for wine producers, importers & drinkers.
Halloween is, by far, our favorite holiday so this year we're reviewing fun traditions from around the world and matching wines with them. From the blood of Jupiter to drinking wine from a skull, we've got a spooktacular tradition for you to adopt!
A stone's throw from Bordeaux are wine regions that have been around longer and make extraordinary wines, many which taste like nothing you've had before. The wines of SW France will thrill you! Although under the radar,they aren't that obscure (you can actually get them!) & are definitely worth knowing about!
We discuss the wildfires raging in the North Coast of California and give ideas on what that could mean for the industry. Then we talk about one of the best (maybe unknown) value regions for wine in the world, Rapel Valley in Chile and its sub regions!
Our 2017 list of top 10 wines for fall (or early spring if you're in the southern hemisphere!)! The smell of falling leaves is here & it's time for a change from crisp, refreshing sippers to something heavier, earthier, and better with warm, hearty food.
Based on questions from two listeners, we dig into the ins and outs of aroma and taste, giving you actionable steps to build your sense of smell and taste...and vocabulary. Thanks to listeners Caryn and Ted for the topic!
After a few listener questions on what WFNP was, is, & will be, we hit restart. We talk about: What if you or a friend was new to wine? How should they approach the subject? Where should they start? We answer & then add a few words from our 1st listener!