Episode #586 - Mike Ryan - The Road Trip Down-Under That Wasn't Meant To Be!
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Episode #586 – Mike Ryan – The Road Trip Down-Under That Wasn’t Meant To Be!

Our special guest, direct from Australia’s Gold Coast, is broadcaster extraordinaire Mike Ryan. This was supposed to be the year that Grape Encounters host David Wilson was going to spend an entire month in New Zealand and The Land Down Under. Unfortunately, like so many grand plans that we previously made for this year, COVID-19 has done an extraordinary job of sucking the fun out of life. These days, we have to do a lot ...
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Episode #585 - Wes Hagen - Finding Your Wine Happy Place Despite All the Heartache
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Episode #585 – Wes Hagen – Finding Your Wine Happy Place Despite All the Heartache

From fire devastation that no one could have imagined, to Covid’s unyielding disruption of business as usual, 2020 has taken an immeasurable toll on winemakers and the consumers who love them. Wine enthusiasts are typically a pretty happy lot. We are people who find great joy in an international pastime that stretches over several centuries and touches every nook and cranny of the globe. And so, despite an onslaught of unthinkable challenges, we just have ...
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Defiance Vineyard
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Episode #584 – How an Act of Defiance Gave Birth to Two Rock Stars!

Today’s episode of Grape Encounters is the story of wines that were never supposed to exist. It begins with a family that decided to come together and take on a retirement project that would bring them closer to the earth. The Faulkner family has deep roots in the world of project management. They have been responsible for overseeing the construction of some of the most iconic building projects in the world, including the triumphant reimagination ...
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CJ Dannen, Gerry Schultz, wine women inspiration
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Episode #583 – Two Women in Wine Offer Much-needed Guidance

This installment of Grape Encounters showcases two women in wine on very different missions that are certain to benefit both wine enthusiasts and wine producers. Both hope to offer much-needed guidance with very different purposes in mind. Bringing much needed levity and direction to a world that hasn’t been very fun lately is CJ Dannen, a Portland-based entrepreneur who noticed that something was sorely missing from Oregon’s vast wine country… Directions! They say men refuse ...
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Bonny's Vineyard
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Episode #581 – Perfectly Paired Part 2. Life, Love and Lessons Learned Under the Silver Oak

This episode of Grape Encounters is the second part of our visit with Bonny Meyer, who co-founded one of the most revered luxury wine brands in California history, Silver Oak. Bonny’s just-released autobiography, Perfectly Paired, recounts the truly remarkable story behind the birth of this highly sought-after Napa Valley Cab that almost instantly became the gold standard of California reds. We started the conversation in Episode 580 which reveals the remarkable love story between Christian ...
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Episode #580 - Nothing is Off Limits in Silver Oak Co-Founder Bonny Meyer’s Deeply Revealing “Perfectly Paired”
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Episode #580 – Nothing is Off Limits in Silver Oak Co-Founder Bonny Meyer’s Deeply Revealing “Perfectly Paired”

It is hard to imagine that any luxury wine brand has had more written about it than Silver Oak. Since its founding nearly 50 years ago by Justin and Bonny Meyer, it has symbolized everything that is magnificent about Napa and the world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignons made there. Few wines enjoy the unbridled devotion of Silver Oak fans. For those with the resources to keep an abundant supply on hand, it is a necessity. For wine ...
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Episode #579 - The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement
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Episode #579 – The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement

Episode 579 of Grape Encounters Radio represents the first significant road trip that Host David Wilson has taken after 6 months of chomping at the bit in solitary confinement, to visit Silver Oak Winery Co-Founder Bonny Meyer. Wanting to squeeze as much as he possibly could in this trek up to Napa and Sonoma, David visited several mentors and friends along the way. It was a notably surreal journey to say the least and who ...
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