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Episode #593 - Consumer Wine Habits - Are Outside Influences Keeping Us from Enjoying Food and Wine to the Fullest?
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Episode #593 – Consumer Wine Habits – Are Outside Influences Keeping Us from Enjoying Food and Wine to the Fullest?

Observing consumer wine habits – 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 ...
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Episode #592 - Going East for Wine, Hospitality and Other Religious Experiences
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Episode #592 – Going East for Wine, Hospitality and Other Religious Experiences

REBROADCAST BY POPULAR DEMAND: We had intended to pay a long overdue visit to a number of our wine and hospitality friends on the east side of America. Unfortunately, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern. Nonetheless, we still want to spread the love and two of our most lovable east coast friends join us today thru the magic of ZOOM. What would we do without it? First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen ...
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Episode #591 - Chef Charlie Palmer; an Intimate, Deep-dive Into the Unconventional World of an Ultimate American Original
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Episode #591 – Chef Charlie Palmer; an Intimate, Deep-dive Into the Unconventional World of an Ultimate American Original

While it is the goal of every episode of Grape Encounters Radio to present compelling, informative, and entertaining content, there are times when interviews significantly standout. That is certainly the case with this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, featuring one of America’s all time acclaimed chefs, Charlie Palmer. Charlie is a bonafide Yankee original, acclaimed for his signature progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations, with a deep and lasting ...
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CHampagne with US Flag
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Episode #590 – The 2020 Election Night Wines – Blues, Reds, Whites, Sparklings and More!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio takes place just a few days after the 2020 Election. On today’s show, David and announcer Brett Keast speculate about what people drank on election night. Originally, David thought sparkling wine and champagne would be the go-to for at least 50% of the record-setting voting population. As the evening went off the rails, all bets were off. In due course, David and Brent presume folks broke out the ...
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Episode #589 - Wine Genealogy: The Family Trees of Our Favorite Vines!
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Episode #589 – Wine Genealogy: The Family Trees of Our Favorite Vines!

Talking wine genealogy… Boy, do we ever take grapes for granted. We know that there are a zillion different varietals out there and no limit to the choices of wine that they produce. It wasn’t always that way however. As a matter of fact, we know that 700 years ago, early botanists (they probably weren’t called that) were creating hybrids that would produce some of our favorite wines today. Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher ...
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Episode #588 - Politics and Wine: Do You Vote Your Favorite Varietal?
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Episode #588 – Politics and Wine: Do You Vote Your Favorite Varietal?

Host David Wilson often reminds us that “wine should be a social lubricant that stimulates conversation about everything except the wine!” Needless to say, there have been a nearly infinite number of conversations about every political topic imaginable that were likely energized by sharing a bottle or two! From the wine habits of past presidents, to the wine preferences of the left and the right, you’re going to learn some juicy tidbits about wine and ...
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Episode #587 - Determined to Preserve the Historic Old Vines of Lodi Wine
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Episode #587 – Determined to Preserve the Historic Old Vines of Lodi Wine

Lodi wine – It’s almost impossible NOT to think of the Creedence Clearwater classic, when the town Lodi comes up in a conversation. Yep, it was more than 50 years ago that John Fogerty sang about a little known California town where it was easy to become forgotten. The funny thing is, while Fogerty was poking fun at this small agricultural town south of Sacramento and east of San Francisco, many of the grapes planted ...
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