Episode #284 – The Best of 2014 Grape Encounters

Jean Charles Boisset

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich

It’s an all-star cast as David revisits his favorite moments of 2014. This very special retrospective begins with a heartwarming visit with Mike Grgich, the legendary winemaker who stunned the world by capturing top honors at the 1976 Judgment of Paris.

Jean Charles Boisset

Jean Charles Boisset

Next up is Jean-Charles Boisset, arguably the most colorful winemaker in the world, who shares his inspiration for “The Chocolate Ladies.” Don’t ask, just give a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

From sweet treats to sweet music, the 2014 Year That Was, includes a very rare interview with the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble. What does this have to do with wine. You’ll find out in 4-part haromony!

Jana Kravitz Plissonneau

Jana Kravitz Plissonneau

From St. Petersburg, it’s on to Bordeaux, where you’ll meet a 14th generation winemaker and the head of US marketing for the Bordeaux vintners. Think a good Bordeaux wine is too expensive? You’ll learn that exactly the contrary is true in this interview.

Speaking of contrary… in the next conversation, it’s David and renowned wine expert Wilfred Wong going head to head in a spirited debate over ice cubes in wine. Who’s for it? Who’s against it? You may be surprised!

Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong

 

Margo True and Sara Schneider

Margo True and Sara Schneider

Next, Sunset Magazine’s Food AND Wine Editors take on the subject of blending. It’s all about breaking the rules, Grape Encounters style. Finally, Ian Cauble, the star of the documentary SOMM, shares his earliest memories of wine tasting as a kid. Did he have Cabernet in that thermos? Hmmm. Happy New Year to all!

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