Episode #578 - When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot.  A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan
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Episode #578 – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot. A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan

Episode 578 of Grape Encounters features Michael Houlihan, co-founder of Barefoot Wine, America’s most successful wine brand. Everything about the Barefoot Wine story seems totally unimaginable. When a debt back in 1986 was paid in grape juice to folks who barely even drank wine, one could only imagine things turning out very badly. Instead, the colorful, quirky and incredibly clever Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey let their imagination and instincts take them on a journey ...
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Episode #577 - Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries!
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Episode #577 – Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries!

Peake Ranch in the Santa Rita Hills of California’s Central Coast has quite a story to tell. In just a few short years, owners John and Gillian Wagner have not only built an extraordinary winery on property made legendary by the cult classic wine flick Sideways; they also have managed to build a reputation that is practically unthinkable! Producing world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, Peake Ranch is earning scores that are simply off the charts… which ...
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Episode #576 - ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way!
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Episode #576 – ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way!

Anyone that thinks winemaking isn’t an art form is not drinking very good wine! Actually, it’s not uncommon for winemakers to also be involved in a host of creative pursuits. Heck, Leonardo DaVinci had a terrific vineyard in his backyard. David has even tasted wine from his property in Vinci, Italy. Apparently Leo isn’t involved in the winemaking biz anymore. He’s got a bit of age on him. There is, however, a fellow who reminds ...
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Episode #575 - Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More!
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Episode #575 – Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More!

It’s a veritable potpourri of pontification on this week’s edition of Grape Encounters.  As you probably know, sometimes our show’s host has so many things on his mind that he foregoes having guests on so that he can cover as much turf as possible.  This week, he’s all over the board! First, David is backpedaling a bit when it comes to virtual wine tastings. In past weeks, he’s been a little sour on the idea, simply ...
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Episode #574 - How Tasting Rooms, Wine Bars and Awesome Events Like The Oregon Wine Experience are Finding Ways to Carry On
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Episode #574 – How Tasting Rooms, Wine Bars and Awesome Events Like The Oregon Wine Experience are Finding Ways to Carry On

Cancelled. Cancelled. Cancelled! Whether you’re into sports, travel or wine, there’s a good chance that your favorite events and activities are on indefinite hold. We are all pretty bummed for sure. But it’s even sadder when events that are an essential part of making our lives better also fall victim to our current plight. Well, the good news is, some very important wine and food events that raise millions of dollars for critical needs are not taking no for an answer. That ...
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Episode #573 - Checking in on East Coast Faves; Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da Vineyards and Bad Company Bassist Turned Musical Chef, Paul Cullen
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Episode #573 – Checking in on East Coast Faves; Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da Vineyards and Bad Company Bassist Turned Musical Chef, Paul Cullen

We had intended to pay a long overdue visit to a number of our wine and hospitality friends on the east side of America.  Unfortunately, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern. Nonetheless, we still want to spread the love and two of our most lovable east coast friends join us today thru the magic of ZOOM. What would we do without it? Will OuweleenVintner, O-Neh-Da First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da and ...
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Episode #572 - Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen
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Episode #572 – Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen

Definitely Worth a Second Listen! To celebrate 4th of July Weekend, David wanted to feature a couple interviews that took place days before and a few weeks into the Covid-19 pandemic. These interviews were particularly special because they illustrate just how quickly the crisis evolved but also the creativity of fellow foodies and wine enthusiasts that has kept many of us from going bonkers. There are other reasons why these two interviews were chart-toppers for ...
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