Episode #557 - The Economics of Wine, Sustainability in Place, Plus a Honey of a Surprise!
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Episode #557 – The Economics of Wine, Sustainability in Place, Plus a Honey of a Surprise!

Every year, we look forward to showcasing all of the amazing things that take place during California Wine Month (AKA April to those not in the know)! Needless to say, hundreds of events that took months and months to plan were largely cancelled. Some were transformed into virtual events and others were reimagined as no-contact opportunities to save on amazing wines throughout the state. Nancy Light, VPThe Wine Institute On today’s show, Nancy Light, VP ...
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Episode #555 - HOME SWEET HOME! Grape Encounters Returns to its Roots!
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Episode #555 – HOME SWEET HOME! Grape Encounters Returns to its Roots!

This week’s guest on Grape Encounters is the head of judging and one of the driving forces behind the Pacific Rim Wine Competition; Spreti Valenti. Spreti is a certified sommelier, wine buyer and consultant. As a professional wine judge, she has served for numerous, prestigious wine competitions in the U.S. and Europe (San Francisco Chronicle, LA International, Sunset Magazine Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, Sonoma Harvest, and New Orleans Wine Awards – In Europe: ...
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Episode #554 - Jancis Robinson: The Reigning Queen of Wine Meets the Often-Irreverent Wine Maverick!
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Episode #554 – Jancis Robinson: The Reigning Queen of Wine Meets the Often-Irreverent Wine Maverick!

Host David Wilson says of this week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio: “This is one of those days when I wish I had all the time in the world to spend with you and our very special guest, but alas, our time is limited, so I have to dive into this discussion very quickly and we’ll only be able to explore the tip of the iceberg.” If you ask anyone in the wine world who ...
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Episode 553 - Meet the Renaissance Man of Wine, Music and Art!
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Episode 553 – Meet the Renaissance Man of Wine, Music and Art!

The last time David had Spencer on Grape Encounters, the conversation was largely about a new project he is overseeing as COO of Wines That Rock, a very unique New York based company that creates very special wines that pay tribute to music, film and pop culture. The company’s latest project includes Star Trek themed wines that are being released in conjunction to the latest Star Trek installment that centers around Captain Picard in the ...
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Episode #552 - Wine and Food Pairing is for Real People, Not Just an Elite Class!
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Episode #552 – Wine and Food Pairing is for Real People, Not Just an Elite Class!

All over the world, there are literally countless wine and food pairing events going on every single day. More often than not, it’s the best of the best wines paired with culinary creations that few of us will actually get to enjoy more than perhaps once or twice a year, if that. It’s been a long-standing belief of host David Wilson that pairing food and wine can be a beautiful thing, but it need not ...
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Episode #551 - Where Will All That Grape Juice Go?  Are We Facing a Glut?
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Episode #551 – Where Will All That Grape Juice Go? Are We Facing a Glut?

It really can be very difficult, if not impossible to predict just how bountiful a particular vintage is likely to be this early in the year, but Host David Wilson likes to think he has his finger on the pulse and is looking at a few subtle clues to help him make a long-shot prediction for the 2020 vintage. One thing is certain; the past decade has produced more than its fair share of bumper ...
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Episode #550 - If Your Dream is Owning a Winery or Vineyard, You’re in Good Company!
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Episode #550 – If Your Dream is Owning a Winery or Vineyard, You’re in Good Company!

On this installment of Grape Encounters, David will be talking about something that has been on his “to-do” list for a super long time. Over the years, Grape Encounters has done a number of shows for listeners who may be interested in making their own wine; how you go about doing it without planting any grapes or building a winery. To be sure, many people do get into the business by jumping in head-first. Perhaps ...
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