“Wine Lover’s Remorse” Be Gone!

I’d like to share with you 8 things that have the potential to significantly improve your wine drinking experience and that of your wine-drinking guests.  I’m sharing this information because it happens to the best of us…  Let’s call it: “WINE LOVER’S REMORSE.” It’s when pricey bottles of wine purchased at the winery just don’t

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Yes! Tinker with Your Wine!

By David Wilson Nearly two decades ago, I had a life-changing wine experience. I was on the Island of St. Martin in the Caribbean with a group travelers who were enjoying an incentive trip hosted by an LA radio station.  Several members of our group were partying around the pool on a picture-perfect night.  Most

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The Worthless Whiff

The server opens the bottle and hands the cork to someone at the table.  The recipient sniffs the cork and gives a tumbs up!  How to look silly without really trying, after this! It’s kind of like what you might do if you were suddenly face to face with the Pope… Do you bow?  Curtsey?

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J. Wilkes Wine

Episode #503 – Wes Hagen

David hosts longtime friend and wine expert, Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador at J. Wilkes Wines on the Central Coast, as well as a noted wine judge, lecturer and educator. Wes has the unique ability to have condensed the History of Wine into a two-minute talk. Listen to hear it! Download this episode

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Tim Hanni, WHy You Like The WInes You Like

Episode #501 – Tim Hanni, Master of Wine

David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines throughout his career and especially recently with his maverick ideas and opinions on wine and the industry’s inherent fallacies about wine tastes and wine & food pairings. Tim has a great book out, Why You Like the Wines You Like:

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Michael Mondavi

Episode #499 – Michael Mondavi

This may be the single most mesmerizing episode of Grape Encounters Radio ever, and we think you will probably agree with us. This week, in a reprise from 2017, Grape Encounters Host David Wilson takes you to the home of legendary winemaker Michael Mondavi, co-founder of the world’s most recognizable family brand. When Michael teamed

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Episode #498 – Brittany Hahn of Houssels Hahn

David talks with Brittany Hahn of San Diego, about wine cellars, wine collecting and all sorts of things. Her Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty real estate company, along with her partner Anna Houssels, Houssels Hahn, is located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Brittany has extensive experience in the wine industry, her last position in the industry

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Episode #497 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Abacela Winery and Dancin Vineyards

David talks with Sarahanne Driggs, Event Coordinator & Marketing Director of The Oregon Wine Experience, a multi-day event featuring the full breadth and depth Oregon wines, amazing culinary creations and everything that makes Oregon unique. The 2019 event is August 19-25, 2019, in lovely Jacksonville, Oregon. Last year they had record breaking representation from across

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LaZarre WInes

Episode #496 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre

David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife Angie have been making their own wines for

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Quality WIne Barrels Feature

Episode #494 – Quality Wine Barrels

David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo Grande, CA. While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart

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