Episode #618 - Chef and Author Vanessa Seder is The Queen of Cool!
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Episode #618 – 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 #617 - WineAPawLooza is How Napa Cares for 4-Legged and Feathered Friends!
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Episode #617 – WineAPawLooza is How Napa Cares for 4-Legged and Feathered Friends!

Whether it’s a tour of the vines on horseback, a litter of kittens entertaining cellar visitors, sheep, ducks and chickens controlling vineyard weeds and pest, or a golden retriever named Buck warmly welcoming you to the tasting room, animals large and small, feathered and four-legged are always eager to lend a helping hand in wine country. So it’s easy to understand why the wine community has such a big heart for animals of all kinds ...
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Episode #616 - Uncorked on Broadway With Ferdinando Mucerino
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Episode #616 – Uncorked on Broadway With Ferdinando Mucerino

It’s a wine-themed benefit like no other, so who better to walk us through it than Italian-born Sommelier Ferdinando Mucerino; a true original. Named 2019 Best Wine Director by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Ferdinando could make watching paint peel a really great time. So imagine being one of the hosts of this virtual superstar-studded benefit for Teen Cancer America. Ferdinando will walk participants through a world-class tasting integrated into a Broadway production like no other! Teen ...
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Episode #613 - Jean-Charles Boisset Brings a Passion for Fashion to Sustainable Winemaking!
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Episode #613 – Jean-Charles Boisset Brings a Passion for Fashion to Sustainable Winemaking!

There are few things in life that are more delightful than an hour-long conversation with winemaking icon Jean-Charles Boisset. Apart from being one of the most innovative wine producers and marketers of our time, Jean-Charles is arguably the most colorful character in the world of wine, bar none. His flair, his showmanship, his joie de vivre, envelopes you like diving into a swimming pool filled with whipped cream and chocolate fudge sauce. No, that’s not ...
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Episode #612 - The Wine Institute’s Allison Jordan Brings Wine Down to Earth!
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Episode #612 – The Wine Institute’s Allison Jordan Brings Wine Down to Earth!

She’s a Grape Encounters’ favorite and for good reason! Allison Jordan is Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Wine Institute where she is responsible for oversight of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. While those are lofty titles to be sure, no one brings sustainability and environmental initiatives down to Earth better than Allison Jordan. That being said, it was simply ...
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Episode #610 - But, Can You Resist the Temptation to Liquidate?  (#699 Encore)
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Episode #610 – But, Can You Resist the Temptation to Liquidate? (#699 Encore)

Featuring Benchmark Wine Group CEO David Parker This was such a fascinating concept, we wanted to give it a second chance to air!  Over the past year, so much of our conversation has been about coping with COVID-19 and how to continue to enjoy our wine lifestyles while many of our favorite activities remain on hold. While creative new activities like Virtual Tastings serve as somewhat satisfying substitutes for the real thing, many of us ...
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Episode #609 - Wine Adventures:  It's Time to Find Fantastic!
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Episode #609 – Wine Adventures: It’s Time to Find Fantastic!

Wine is a great conversation starter, but that’s just a drop in the barrel! What you’re really after are wine adventures! Wine wants to show us a great time, take us to places we’ve never been before and ignite our imagination. It’s what we call a Grape Encounter and it’ll completely change the way you think and drink. Today’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is for every wine enthusiast who is eager to let wine ...
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