Grape Encounters Episode Archives

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Episode #586 - Mike Ryan - The Road Trip Down-Under That Wasn't Meant To Be!

Episode #586 – Mike Ryan – The Road Trip Down-Under That Wasn’t Meant To Be!

Our special guest, direct from Australia’s Gold Coast, is broadcaster extraordinaire Mike Ryan. This was supposed to be the year that Grape Encounters host David Wilson was going to spend ...
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Episode #585 - Wes Hagen - Finding Your Wine Happy Place Despite All the Heartache

Episode #585 – Wes Hagen – Finding Your Wine Happy Place Despite All the Heartache

From fire devastation that no one could have imagined, to Covid’s unyielding disruption of business as usual, 2020 has taken an immeasurable toll on winemakers and the consumers who love ...
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Defiance Vineyard

Episode #584 – How an Act of Defiance Gave Birth to Two Rock Stars!

Today’s episode of Grape Encounters is the story of wines that were never supposed to exist. It begins with a family that decided to come together and take on a ...
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CJ Dannen, Gerry Schultz, wine women inspiration

Episode #583 – Two Women in Wine Offer Much-needed Guidance

This installment of Grape Encounters showcases two women in wine on very different missions that are certain to benefit both wine enthusiasts and wine producers. Both hope to offer much-needed ...
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Bonny's Vineyard

Episode #581 – Perfectly Paired Part 2. Life, Love and Lessons Learned Under the Silver Oak

This episode of Grape Encounters is the second part of our visit with Bonny Meyer, who co-founded one of the most revered luxury wine brands in California history, Silver Oak ...
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Episode #580 - Nothing is Off Limits in Silver Oak Co-Founder Bonny Meyer’s Deeply Revealing “Perfectly Paired”

Episode #580 – Nothing is Off Limits in Silver Oak Co-Founder Bonny Meyer’s Deeply Revealing “Perfectly Paired”

It is hard to imagine that any luxury wine brand has had more written about it than Silver Oak. Since its founding nearly 50 years ago by Justin and Bonny ...
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Episode #579 - The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement

Episode #579 – The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement

Episode 579 of Grape Encounters Radio represents the first significant road trip that Host David Wilson has taken after 6 months of chomping at the bit in solitary confinement, to ...
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Episode #578 - When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot.  A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan

Episode #578 – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot. A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan

Episode 578 of Grape Encounters features Michael Houlihan, co-founder of Barefoot Wine, America’s most successful wine brand. Everything about the Barefoot Wine story seems totally unimaginable. When a debt back ...
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Episode #577 - Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries!

Episode #577 – Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries!

Peake Ranch in the Santa Rita Hills of California’s Central Coast has quite a story to tell. In just a few short years, owners John and Gillian Wagner have not only ...
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Episode #576 - ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way!

Episode #576 – ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way!

Anyone that thinks winemaking isn’t an art form is not drinking very good wine! Actually, it’s not uncommon for winemakers to also be involved in a host of creative pursuits ...
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Episode #575 - Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More!

Episode #575 – Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More!

It’s a veritable potpourri of pontification on this week’s edition of Grape Encounters.  As you probably know, sometimes our show’s host has so many things on his mind that he ...
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Winemaking is Going to the Dogs!

Winemaking is Going to the Dogs!

Dogs are an integral part of many work force teams. We know them to work directly with police officers and fire fighters. But what’s the story with vineyard dogs? There’s ...
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