Opening Doors (and Dreams) in Tuscany

What is your dream of dreams? What would you really do…if you won the lottery….or suddenly began to dance as if no one were looking? Would you fly into Wine Country and launch a lovely and memorable day, filled with the sights and scents of rolling hills, neat rows of grapes, scenic drives through Italy’s Tuscan wine  region…strolling ancient cellars…tasting

Taking Wine Home In A High Security World

Some aspects of the wine-lover’s life can be downright daunting. Let’s see if this has happened to you: You’re up in Wine Country, having the tasting of your life. And you’re thinking of flying home with a few bottles. But wait, you say…what about all those TSA security rules. You know – you cannot board

Creating Your Own Wine Is Easier Than You Think

When it comes to America’s love affair with wine…the official beverage of romance….the State of the Union is STRONG! And not just from the standpoint of consuming the  liquid of the gods: Winemaking in the USA is truly a “growth industry,” even in the face of the deepest recession, since the Great Depression. In fact, now more than ever, you don’t

The Quirk of Cork

For the die-hard romantic, it is one of the most essential elements of the wine drinking experience. No, it is not Ravel’s “Bolero” or Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” it is the humble cork–that low tech little device that’s been keeping wine safely in its container since at least the 1st

Does Your Personality Determine Your Wine Preferences?

Legend has it that the father of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud, once commented that, “sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.” And while that may be so, the same probably does not apply to…you guessed it…wine! When was a glass of wine….ever…just…a glass of wine. Always, there is mood…and feeling…not to mention the “character” and

Does Wine Make Women Smarter?? Read On!

Grape Encounters Radio is always looking for fun and interesting facts to bring to the attention of our Grape Encounters followers. This was an article we recently discovered and thought it would be fun to share with you. Read it and give us your comments. It would be a fun subject to discuss at your

Top 5 Wines Under $15 (Week of 3/21-3/25/11)

Here are the five top wines under $15, at least according to Wine Spectator Magazine. Dare to compare! Have you found any good buys for under $15? Let us know! Top Picks Wines Under $15 Wine Spectator 3/25/11 Mar. 25, 2011: VINHOS DOURO SUPERIOR Douro Castello d’Alba 2008, 25,000 cases made. ($10) A medium-bodied and

Top Picks for Under $15 (1/24-1/28/11)

It’s time for our Top Picks of the Week ending 1/28/11! Grape Encounters Radio is always on the look out for great wine deals and here’s an excellent list this week from Wine Spectator Magazine. Taste and compare; we encourage it! Give us your thoughts and any great wines you may have discovered that are under