Grape Encounters Episode Archives

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Episode #634 - How a Foot Race Through the Himalayas Took Winemaking to a Higher Level

Episode #634 – How a Foot Race Through the Himalayas Took Winemaking to a Higher Level

This story would make a great movie, if only the plot were believable. Michael Juergens is part Earnest Hemingway, part Ethan Luther (Tom Cruise’s character in Mission Impossible) and a ...
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Episode #633 - How a Grief-Stricken Family is Turning Wine Into Suicide Awareness

Episode #633 – How a Grief-Stricken Family is Turning Wine Into Suicide Awareness

This episode of Grape Encounters will tug at your heartstrings as few things can. It’s the story of a warm and cheerful family that suffered an unthinkable tragedy that came ...
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Episode #632 - The Peculiar Intersection of Fine Wine Making and World News Breaking!

Episode #632 – The Peculiar Intersection of Fine Wine Making and World News Breaking!

Things aren’t always as they seem.  Like that nice fella at the farmers market, offering you a taste of some delicious Sonoma Valley wines.  He seems like a regular guy… ...
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Episode #631 - Wine Festivals, Vineyard Events are Back as California and Oregon Celebrate the New Normal!

Episode #631 – Wine Festivals, Vineyard Events are Back as California and Oregon Celebrate the New Normal!

It may be a while before things truly get back to the way they were before the pandemic, but there’s an abundance of wine-related events to enjoy nonetheless. It’s wine ...
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Episode #630 - Grape Smoke Taint:  Purfresh's Remarkable Second Chance for Winemaking

Episode #630 – Grape Smoke Taint: Purfresh’s Remarkable Second Chance for Winemaking

Every year, around the globe, the devastation caused by wildfires is worsening at a catastrophic pace.  Moreover, if there’s anything we’ve learned in recent years, it’s that wildfires will overtake ...
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Episode #629 - Pairing:  It's All About the Spice!

Episode #629 – Pairing: It’s All About the Spice!

We’ve been telling you this for years, but maybe you need to hear it from the King of Seasoning himself.  When pairing food, it’s really all about the spice!  Sure, ...
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Episode #628 - Somm to the Stars and a Star Willamette Winery GM Talk Daring 2021 Wine Choices

Episode #628 – Somm to the Stars and a Star Willamette Winery GM Talk Daring 2021 Wine Choices

Christopher Sawyer is one of the most highly regarded Sommeliers in America and has long been nicknamed “The Sommelier to the Stars” because of his A-List celebrity clientele. Gavin Joll ...
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ENCORE: Episode #627 - Chef and Author Vanessa Seder is The Queen of Cool!

ENCORE: Episode #627 – Chef and Author Vanessa Seder is The Queen of Cool!

When it comes to wine, temperature matters tremendously. Serving wine at a cool temperature is a game-changer and can show off characteristics of the wine that are hidden when served ...
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Episode #625 - Remembering the Good Ol’ Days When Wine was Paired with Cheesy Adverting!

Episode #625 – Remembering the Good Ol’ Days When Wine was Paired with Cheesy Adverting!

Host David Wilson and show announcer Brent Keast were deeply involved in the world of advertising before the wine business lured them away. It is therefore fitting that they take ...
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Episode #624 - Don't Let Outside Influences Ruin Your Food and Wine Experiences

Episode #624 – Don’t Let Outside Influences Ruin Your Food and Wine Experiences

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 ...
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Episode #623 - Grape Encounters' Fave, Oregon Wine Experience, is Back!

Episode #623 – Grape Encounters’ Fave, Oregon Wine Experience, is Back!

With restrictions lifted after our long Covid ordeal, most of us are eager to make up for lost time. For wine enthusiasts, that means looking for events to attend that ...
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Episode #622 - John Munch’s Long and Wine-ding Road to Le Cuvier

Episode #622 – John Munch’s Long and Wine-ding Road to Le Cuvier

It’s hard to find a winemaker who doesn’t have an interesting back story; and you’ll certainly meet the most interesting of the lot on Grape Encounters. This week’s story is ...
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