Episode #534 – Biodynamic and Built From Hemp in the South of France

Chateau Maris in the South of France really has a story to tell… and who better to tell it than co-owner Robert Eden.  Most wine enthusiasts are probably familiar with biodynamic grape growing and wine making.  However, Chateau Maris definitely takes this art to a higher level.  There is probably no one who does a better job of explaining biodynamics than Robert Eden, and he takes this very remarkable wine producing art to heights you might not ever imagine. But that’s just a small part of the story.  Consider this… Robert was so determined to build a facility that was one with the land that he constructed what he calls a “vegetable winery.”  Believe it or not, Chateau Maris is built entirely of bricks made from hemp.  Hear the whole amazing story on this installment of Grape Encounters.

Also on this episode, we delve a little further into the growing commonalities between wine and whiskey making.  More than ever before, there are some common denominators that might really surprise you.  It’s a lot to absorb, and just in time for Total Wine and More’s Whiskey on the Rocks event in Las Vegas.  Learn a thing or two about the collaboration between whiskey and wine makers on this episode of Grape Encounters Radio!

Episode #532 – Changing Into Your Fall Wine Wardrobe With Master Somm Catherine Fallis

She was the 5th woman to earn the title Master Sommelier and she has earned a lot more titles, honors and certifications than that in her extensive wine career. Catherine is the proprietor of Planet Grape, LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, Grape Goddess, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.

Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.

On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.

Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!

Episode #528 – California Wine Month

California Celebrates Wine Month as Experts Fret the Imminent Climate Change Buzz-Kill As Charles Dickens famously wrote at the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.” While we never like to focus on any bad news when