“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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Episode #475 – California Wine Month

David talks about California Wine Month, and just about everything else under the sun, with Elaine Chukan Brown. Elaine serves as the American Specialist at JancisRobinson.com, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Robb Report, MensHealth.com, GuildSomm.com, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine,

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Episode #469 – Sean Taylor, Creator of RateMyWinemaker.com

David talks with Sean Taylor, creator of a new business, RateMyWinemaker.com, an anonymous forum for wine industry workers to anonymously rate their winemakers and harvest experiences. This is a site that will help any aspiring winemaker or wine worker to check out winery jobs around the world! Listen and learn more, and visit: http://ratemywinemaker.com/ Download this

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Wente Vineyards

Episode #468 – Wente Vineyards

David visits the Wente Vineyard in Livermore, CA, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. They are celebrating their 135th anniversary, and David talks with the “first family of Chardonnay,” Phil, Niki and Karl Wente about their family history, and the celebrated “Wente clone” that is prevalent in CA Chardonnay. Also, next

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BottleShake

Episode #467 – Bottleshake

David talks with Winston Tam of Bottleshake, an innovative app that helps bring professionals together at wine bars and cafes to network and exchange ideas. Bottleshake utilizes LinkedIn profiles to link people together and invite others to meet in person. Learn more at http://bottleshake.com/ Download this episode

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Episode #465 – Somm Camp

David gets a visit from Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier to the Stars, and two Sommeliers attending SommCamp on the Central Coast. Guests include Chris Sawyer; Christopher Berrigan, Sommelier at Fleming’s Prime Steak House and part-time at Petitie Trois, a hot French bistro in Los Angeles; and Veronica Rauch, aka Ringo Firely, from the Patio Group of

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Boutique Wine Box

Episode #464 – Boutique Wine Sampler

David talks with Bob Sweeney of The Boutique Wine Sampler, a curated collection of six 375 ml bottles, which showcases the best small-production and highly sought after artisan wines from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, California. Each winery featured in the collection has consistently earned scores of 90+. Boutique Wine Sampler boxes will be at

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Quality WIne Barrels Feature

Episode #463 – 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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