Episode #628 - Somm to the Stars and a Star Willamette Winery GM Talk Daring 2021 Wine Choices
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Episode #628 – Somm to the Stars and a Star Willamette Winery GM Talk Daring 2021 Wine Choices

Christopher Sawyer is one of the most highly regarded Sommeliers in America and has long been nicknamed “The Sommelier to the Stars” because of his A-List celebrity clientele. Gavin Joll is the General Manager of Abacela Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley; a true superstar winery known for its broad range of stellar varietals. Abacela doesn’t follow trends, they create them. And, as for Christopher, no one has better insight into current wine trends than him ...
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ENCORE: Episode #627 - Chef and Author Vanessa Seder is The Queen of Cool!
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ENCORE: Episode #627 – Chef and Author Vanessa Seder is The Queen of Cool!

When it comes to wine, temperature matters tremendously. Serving wine at a cool temperature is a game-changer and can show off characteristics of the wine that are hidden when served at room temperature. But what about the temperature of the food itself? How does serving “cool food” impact the wine and food pairing experience? Well, these and other questions are brilliantly answered by Vanessa Seder, whose new cookbook, “Eat Cool” is already getting a lot ...
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Episode #625 - Remembering the Good Ol’ Days When Wine was Paired with Cheesy Adverting!
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Episode #625 – Remembering the Good Ol’ Days When Wine was Paired with Cheesy Adverting!

Host David Wilson and show announcer Brent Keast were deeply involved in the world of advertising before the wine business lured them away. It is therefore fitting that they take on the topic of wine advertising and showcase a bunch of commercials that would make even the most serious wine enthusiasts chuckle out loud. While some of these commercials were tongue in cheek, many of them were dead serious! Oh my goodness, how times have ...
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Episode #624 - Don't Let Outside Influences Ruin Your Food and Wine Experiences
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Episode #624 – Don’t Let Outside Influences Ruin Your Food and Wine Experiences

In addition to hosting Grape Encounters Radio for 12 years, Host David Wilson has also operated a wine tasting room on the Central Coast of California’s Paso Robles AVA. David says that he probably won’t run the shop forever but is grateful for the perspective that it has given him where the consumer is concerned. David says, “I’m glad that I did it because I have learned so much about you and your wine drinking ...
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Episode #623 - Grape Encounters' Fave, Oregon Wine Experience, is Back!
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Episode #623 – Grape Encounters’ Fave, Oregon Wine Experience, is Back!

With restrictions lifted after our long Covid ordeal, most of us are eager to make up for lost time. For wine enthusiasts, that means looking for events to attend that promise an unforgettable experience. Well, one thing is certain, The Oregon Wine Experience is a Grape Encounters’ favorite, promising a full-immersion food and wine happening that delivers Oregon’s finest in high style! Joining David on this episode of Grape Encounters is Sarahanne Driggs, Events Officer ...
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Episode #622 - John Munch’s Long and Wine-ding Road to Le Cuvier
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Episode #622 – John Munch’s Long and Wine-ding Road to Le Cuvier

It’s hard to find a winemaker who doesn’t have an interesting back story; and you’ll certainly meet the most interesting of the lot on Grape Encounters. This week’s story is no exception and David’s guests can only be described as “exceptional” for plenty of reasons. This week’s show features John Munch, founder of Le Cuvier Winery in California’s extraordinary Paso Robles wine region. John’s life and career has had more twist and turns than a ...
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Episode #619 - Encore:  Pleasing the Palate in Allison’s Wonderland!
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Episode #619 – Encore: Pleasing the Palate in Allison’s Wonderland!

David is starting to become very encouraged about where the world is headed after 12 months of 19; Covid-19 that is.  He doesn’t want to jinx things but it certainly looks like the restrictions that we’ve all had to deal with for a very long time are starting to ease.  Yes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. At least it looks like a light, but who can be sure of anything these days? ...
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