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

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

Top 10 Wines of 2010

Here’s another excellent top 10 list for 2010 from Wine Spectator Magazine. Let us know your top 10 for 2010 list and we can compare notes. Read on! Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 10 Wines of 2010 1) Saxum, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles 2007, 950 cases made, California ($67) 2) Two Hands, Shiraz Barossa Valley

What to expect, region by region, in 2011

We particularly liked this region by region summary of what to expect and what t buy from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.   If you didn’t happen upon this on your own, you’ll enjoy reading it here.  Very informative. Wine Enthusiast Magazine What to Buy in 2011 Wine Enthusiast gives you the latest advice on what to

The Wine Big Boys, Part 1 — WHO’S MAKING & SELLING WHAT: THE WINE GROUP

On this week’s show, we thought it would be interesting to show you where some of your favorite wines are coming from.  In reality, a small group of companies is responsible for producing the bulk of the wine we drink.  The first company we would like to profile is The Wine Group. Please note this

The Wine Big Boys, Part 2 — THE DOMINANT COMPANY THAT STARTED IT ALL: E&J GALLO

E&J Gallo E & J Gallo Winery was founded in 1933 by Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo in Modesto, California. E & J Gallo Winery is the largest exporter of California wines. The company has been pivotal in establishing Sonoma County as one of the premier wine growing regions in the world. The two brothers

The Wine Big Boys, Part 3 — MAMMOTH AUSTRALIAN COMPANY WITH DEEP AMERICAN ROOTS: FOSTERS GROUP

Fosters Group Foster’s Group is a beer group with interests in brewing, wine-making and soft drinks. Foster’s Group is the brewer of the Foster’s Lager. Foster’s Group Limited is a publicly-listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange and is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Its wine division Beringer Blass is the 7th largest producer of wine

The Wine Big Boys, Part 4 — THE BIGGEST OF THEM ALL: CONSTELLATION BRANDS

Constellation Brands Constellation Brands, Inc., headquartered in Victor, New York, is the largest wine company in the world with a broad portfolio of wine brands complemented by imported beer, spirits and other beverage alcohol products. The company was established in 1945 by Marvin Sands in the Finger Lakes region of New York as Canandaigua Industries