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Episode #573 - Checking in on East Coast Faves; Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da Vineyards and Bad Company Bassist Turned Musical Chef, Paul Cullen
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Episode #573 – Checking in on East Coast Faves; Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da Vineyards and Bad Company Bassist Turned Musical Chef, Paul Cullen

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? Will OuweleenVintner, O-Neh-Da First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da and ...
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Episode #572 - Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen
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Episode #572 – Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen

Definitely Worth a Second Listen! To celebrate 4th of July Weekend, David wanted to feature a couple interviews that took place days before and a few weeks into the Covid-19 pandemic. These interviews were particularly special because they illustrate just how quickly the crisis evolved but also the creativity of fellow foodies and wine enthusiasts that has kept many of us from going bonkers. There are other reasons why these two interviews were chart-toppers for ...
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Episode #571 - Adjusting to Wine Appreciation in a Pandemic Place and Time
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Episode #571 – Adjusting to Wine Appreciation in a Pandemic Place and Time

Kristy Charles and her family co-founded Foursight Wines in 2006 and the Covid-19 crisis has helped fire up something that this family is particularly good at; evolving and reinventing as necessary. While there is no shortage of wineries doing what we now affectionately call “Virtual Tastings,” Kristy and her family team were determined to take the concept to a higher level. To that end, they are offering a “Virtual Barrel Tasting” in late July. Bear ...
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Episode #570 - World Affairs and What They Mean to Wine
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Episode #570 – World Affairs and What They Mean to Wine

With a host of critical national and international issues dominating every news cycle, it can be hard, if not impossible to live life the way we did not so long ago. From Covid-19 to daunting civil rights challenges that are the focus of a historically contentious election, these are serious times. Nonetheless, while our lives may seem unrecognizable, most of our passions are either on hold are being reimagined until things settle down a bit ...
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Episode #569 - SOBAR: The Science of Sobriety and a New Product to Take on Alcohol Absorption
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Episode #569 – SOBAR: The Science of Sobriety and a New Product to Take on Alcohol Absorption

If there’s one thing you probably should know about Grape Encounters host David Wilson, it’s this:  Even though the show is largely about how to have fun with wine, David is highly sensitive to the abuse of wine, alcohol, or anything else like that. It has to be consumed responsibly, which is why he never talks about wild parties that he’s been to because that’s not something he’s keen on glorifying.  With wine enjoyment comes ...
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Episode #568 - A Virtually Incomparable  Rose Day with Jon McDaniel
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Episode #568 – A Virtually Incomparable Rose Day with Jon McDaniel

Hey wine enthusiasts! There is a very big holiday that is coming up and it would be a shame if it isn’t on your calendar, because it is a whopper in the wine business, it is National Rosé Day. What, you didn’t know there was a National Rosé Day? Then, we’ve got lots to talk about where Rosé is concerned, because it is one of the most misunderstood categories of wine. To help untangle the ...
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Episode #566 - A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy!
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Episode #566 – A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy!

This week, David decided he wanted to get out and travel a good distance, even if it is digitally. Today, he’s taking you all the way to Italy to talk about a really interesting project that is really reigniting a long-lost era of Italian winemaking. Joining David for the first half of today’s show is Piero Pavone, founder of Vinum Hadrianum, a winery on the eastern central coast of Italy that is breathing new life ...
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