http://grapeencounters.com Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 There was a time, not long ago, when wine tasting was regarded as something done by people with specially trained palates and sophisticated sensibilities. Today, wine is being consumed by hundreds of millions of people who drink it simply because it is what they like. Grape Encounters is about the colorful people, the places, the ambiance and the passion that makes wine drinking one of the world's most popular pastimes. Grape Encounters is lighthearted, interactive and a very good time -- taking listeners out of the studio and into places you won't see on a winery tour. Grape Encounters Radio clean Grape Encounters Radio David@GrapeEncounters.com David@GrapeEncounters.com (Grape Encounters Radio) http://grapeencounters.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/itunes_image_3000x3000.jpg http://grapeencounters.com Episode #583 – Two Women in Wine Offer Much-needed Guidance http://grapeencounters.com/episode-583-two-women-in-wine-offer-much-needed-guidance/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-583-two-women-in-wine-offer-much-needed-guidance/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:00:12 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19386 This installment of Grape Encounters showcases two women in wine on very different missions that...

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Bringing much needed levity and direction to a world that hasn’t been very fun lately is CJ Dannen, a Portland-based entrepreneur who noticed that something was sorely missing from Oregon’s vast wine country… Directions! They say men refuse to ask for directions. Thanks to this very entertaining problem-solver, they don’t have to! That’s because CJ has created the consummate directory of Oregon wineries and she has left no stone unturned. Like we said, she’s very entertaining, and it was her steady flow of imaginative facebook posts that got host David Wilson’s attention. David says, “Her posts about wine were totally absent of the lame memes that are so tired and overused. When I took a closer look at her content-rich website, VinoVoyage.com, I knew having her on the show was mandatory.” A pure delight and wealth of guidance, CJ Dannen kicks things off in style.

Next up, it’s Gerry Schultz who has decided to use her highly-regarded boutique vineyard in picturesque Occidental, California to help get badly-needed answers about how to overcome the devastation of grapes exposed to choking smoke from catastrophic wildfires. Against tough odds, Gerry is forging ahead and has turned the fate of her precious grapes over to renowned winemaker Lisa Bishop Forbes of Ektimo Winery/Ross Road Custom Crush. Gerry knows it’s a big gamble, but she’s convinced that her risk-taking might help produce much needed guidance for grape growers and winemakers who may find themselves in the same boat someday.

At a time when disappointment is especially deflating, these determined women provide inspiration that is contagious in a very good way!

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Episode #581 – Perfectly Paired Part 2. Life, Love and Lessons Learned Under the Silver Oak http://grapeencounters.com/episode-581-perfectly-paired-part-2-life-love-and-lessons-learned-under-the-silver-oak/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-581-perfectly-paired-part-2-life-love-and-lessons-learned-under-the-silver-oak/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 15:00:29 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19393 This episode of Grape Encounters is the second part of our visit with Bonny Meyer,...

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Back in the sixties, the Napa Valley was a humble little place. The residents there were wonderful, hardworking people who never imagined their beloved valley would evolve into the crown jewel of American winemaking. Bonny says, “When I first moved here in 1972, most of the people walking around St. Helena were wearing work shirts and work boots and jeans and Justin and I showed up. He had been a monk. I had been in college, and the sum total of our fortune was he had a dog and I had a car. Together, we became the ranch managers and moved into the old farmhouse where I still live. A lot of things have changed since then.”

She continues, “Justin and I had this wonderful, epic, romance and love affair for 35 years. And then he suddenly died and, and that was devastating and in a word, although much more complex than that. And then the day after he died, my daughter arrived. She and I were lying on our bed. Across from the bed about 10 feet away was a fountain that was in a little niche in the wall and it had pebbles in it. And as we were quietly talking about her dad, a pebble flew across the room and landed next to her. And Holly and I looked at the pebble on the floor. We looked at each other, we looked at the pebble again. And then she quietly said, "Hi Daddy.”

That’s just a little taste of the incredible stories that Bonny shares in this very surreal story will make you laugh, cry and rethink everything you feel about love, loss and living a life in a deeper, fuller way. Check out their full story in Perfectly Paired.

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Episode #580 – Nothing is Off Limits in Silver Oak Co-Founder Bonny Meyer’s Deeply Revealing “Perfectly Paired” http://grapeencounters.com/episode-580-nothing-is-off-limits-in-silver-oak-co-founder-bonny-meyers-deeply-revealing-perfectly-paired/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-580-nothing-is-off-limits-in-silver-oak-co-founder-bonny-meyers-deeply-revealing-perfectly-paired/#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 15:00:38 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19365 It is hard to imagine that any luxury wine brand has had more written about...

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Episode #579 – The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement http://grapeencounters.com/episode-579-the-unimaginable-road-trip-that-ended-6-months-of-solitary-confinement/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-579-the-unimaginable-road-trip-that-ended-6-months-of-solitary-confinement/#respond Sat, 22 Aug 2020 15:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19362 Episode 579 of Grape Encounters Radio represents the first significant road trip that Host David...

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Wanting to squeeze as much as he possibly could in this trek up to Napa and Sonoma, David visited several mentors and friends along the way. It was a notably surreal journey to say the least and who better to recount it with than our announcer Brent Keast. Apart from being our golden voice of reason, Brent also happens to be an actor, voiceover talent AND winemaker. In this show I simply share my recent visit to Napa and Sonoma during freak weather that quickly devolved into lightening-ignited fires.

The purpose of the trip was, first and foremost, to do a very up-close and intimate interview with Silver Oak Winery Co-Founder Bonny Meyer, who just released her long-awaited book, “Perfectly Paired.” The book is a very personal look at the love story between her and Christian Brother Monk Justin Meyer. It all began when Bonny was in her late teens and, even though such a love story was absolutely unthinkable, it evolved into a relationship that has inspired lovers (and great winemakers) for decades. In this installment of Grape Encounters, David sets the stage for his upcoming two-part conversation with Bonny. David says, “I have done thousands of interviews with amazing folks from every corner of the wine world. This story, lovingly and intimately told by Bonny Meyer from home that she and Justin shared, will open your eyes and heart to unimaginable insights about unconditional love, the birth of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, and finding light and meaning in immeasurable grief. I cannot recall ever being so profoundly moved during an interview. I wanted to spend part of this episode introducing listeners to this exceptional woman as a means of setting the stage for the next two episodes which I think will be deeply impactful to all who tune-in.” For those who think that luxury brands of any kind are the result profit-minded entrepreneurs, this is a story breaks that mold. The story of Silver Oak is not about a quest for fame and fortune. Justin and Bonny started their life together with a vehicle, a dog and not much else. Their unbridled passion to produce the world’s finest Cabernet was fueled by an unbridled passion for one-another.  

David’s one-day visit ended up evolving into 3 magical days of extraordinary conversation from Bonny’s Vineyard, followed by 3 additional whirlwind visits with mentors and friends who have had a profound impact on his life and career. Those visits include the GM and co-owner of our Napa and Sonoma affiliates; Michael O’Shea. Michael is a true radio legend and has contributed a great deal to the success of Grape Encounters. Next stop, Colleen Beaty. Colleen and David were responsible for developing a landmark economic recovery program in the days, weeks and months following 911. Finally, David’s last stop before heading home was an unforgettable dinner under the stars with now of America’s most beloved Sommeliers, Christopher Sawyer and his family. Christopher is probably best know as the “Sommelier to the Stars.” He’s been a favorite guest on the show for several years and never fails to bring grins, laughter and insights to every interview.

It was a trip filled with surreal moments. Many heartwarming, others heartbreaking. Most unforgettable. And so, a new chapter of Grape Encounters begins.

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Episode #578 – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot. A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan http://grapeencounters.com/episode-578-when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-go-barefoot-a-covid-era-conversation-with-michael-houlihan/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-578-when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-go-barefoot-a-covid-era-conversation-with-michael-houlihan/#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19359 Episode 578 of Grape Encounters features Michael Houlihan, co-founder of Barefoot Wine, America’s most successful...

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David has shared several conversations with Michael and Bonnie on the air and there’s always plenty of new insights to share. While they have been out of the wine business for many years now, their spinoff business, “The Barefoot Spirit,” has spawned a New York Times Bestseller, a formidable business consulting practice, worldwide seminars, a must-read weekly newsletter and now, an old-style radio drama starring Ed Asner.

What motivated David to contact Michael was a recent report by Nielsen concerning wine-buying trends during the Covid Pandemic. With several brands jockeying to be top dog among high production everyday drinking wines, it’s no surprise that Barefoot continues to be a favorite, as it has been for nearly 35 years. It’s a market segment that constantly attracts consumers who are new to wine and, quite remarkably, serves as the gateway to more exclusive handcrafted products.

Sharing the Barefoot Spirit is a passion for Michael and Bonnie. Their message is clear: What worked for them will work for others, regardless of the industry you’re in. And to make their message and story more digestible, they’ve enlisted the talent of beloved acting icon, Ed Asner, who stars in a classic radio theater reenactment of the Barefoot story. It’s a remarkable story that is anything but a tall tale!

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Episode #577 – Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-577-take-a-peake-at-one-of-americas-hottest-fledgling-wineries/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-577-take-a-peake-at-one-of-americas-hottest-fledgling-wineries/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2020 15:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19327 Peake Ranch in the Santa Rita Hills of California’s Central Coast has quite a story...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-577-take-a-peake-at-one-of-americas-hottest-fledgling-wineries/feed/ 0 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 built an extraordinary winery on property made legendary by the cult classic wine flick... Peake Ranch is earning scores that are simply off the charts… which is not the only reason that Host David Wilson is excited to visit the winery during the pandemic. This story has quite a twist because David and John have been very close friends since the First Grade!

John and Gill Wagner of Peake Ranch Winery

However, in recent years, communication has been sparse. As a result, John didn’t learn until recently about David’s wine radio career and David didn’t know that John had gone from milk and cookies in first grade to the highest grades in winemaking! It’s a wonderful story of two old friends making a “grape” new connection later in life!

Find out more about Peake Ranch wines and visiting Peake Ranch in Buellton, CA, here.

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Episode #576 – ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-576-artevino-where-fine-art-and-fine-wine-collide-in-a-beautiful-way/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-576-artevino-where-fine-art-and-fine-wine-collide-in-a-beautiful-way/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 15:00:37 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19335 Anyone that thinks winemaking isn’t an art form is not drinking very good wine! Actually,...

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Artist and winemaker Tom Rodrigues of Artevino and Maple Creek Winery

Tom works in a broad range of mediums, creating astonishing works on canvas and glass and much more! It would be tough to say which of his skills are more extraordinary, which is why you definitely have to pay a socially-distanced visit to his glorious foothill property to drink in everything he’s created! By the way… you won’t encounter a more hospitable winery than ArteVino, so see them masked now, or plan a visit when the pandemic passes! (It will pass, won’t it?) Find out more about Artevino and Maple Creek Winery here.

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Episode #575 – Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-575-virtual-wine-dating-the-covid-loss-of-wine-taste-curse-and-more/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-575-virtual-wine-dating-the-covid-loss-of-wine-taste-curse-and-more/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2020 15:00:49 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19341 It’s a veritable potpourri of pontification on this week’s edition of Grape Encounters.  As you...

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First, David is backpedaling a bit when it comes to virtual wine tastings. In past weeks, he’s been a little sour on the idea, simply because some of these virtual experiences last the kind of creativity or ingenuity he’d like to see. BUT… since so many online daters are doing their very best to court would-be partners without actually being in the same space, David proposes combining online dating and virtual wine tasting for a perfect match.

Oh, and what happens if you get the dreaded virus and your sense of taste goes on the blink? It may not be the perfect solution, but we’ve got a suggestion for you… OVERCOMPENSATE! You’ll hear what we mean.

There’s much more to ponder in this hour-long, socially-distanced edition of Grape Encounters. The best part is, you can get as close to you speakers as you want.  We practice germ-free broadcasting and podcasting at all times!

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Winemaking is Going to the Dogs! http://grapeencounters.com/winemaking-is-going-to-the-dogs/ http://grapeencounters.com/winemaking-is-going-to-the-dogs/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:20:10 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19297 Dogs are an integral part of many work force teams. We know them to work...

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Putting the Freeze on Wine, But You Really Have to be Openminded! http://grapeencounters.com/putting-the-freeze-on-wine-in-a-good-way/ http://grapeencounters.com/putting-the-freeze-on-wine-in-a-good-way/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 22:11:11 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19291 A sure fire way to make a wine lover cringe is to drop a few...

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Shaking Up Conventional Bubbly Wisdom! http://grapeencounters.com/shaking-up-conventional-bubbly-wisdom/ http://grapeencounters.com/shaking-up-conventional-bubbly-wisdom/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 21:25:57 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19282 Champagne and sparkling wine are more popular than ever before.  In fact, bubbles are now...

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Episode #574 – How Tasting Rooms, Wine Bars and Awesome Events Like The Oregon Wine Experience are Finding Ways to Carry On http://grapeencounters.com/episode-574-how-tasting-rooms-wine-bars-and-awesome-events-like-the-oregon-wine-experience-are-finding-ways-to-carry-on/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-574-how-tasting-rooms-wine-bars-and-awesome-events-like-the-oregon-wine-experience-are-finding-ways-to-carry-on/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:00:27 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19347 Cancelled. Cancelled. Cancelled! Whether you’re into sports, travel or wine, there’s a good chance that your favorite events...

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Last year, The Oregon Wine Experience topped the Grape Encounters list of must-attend events. That high praise is not simply because of the extraordinary goings on at their venue in Southern Oregon, but also because the event raises critical funds for the Children’s Miracle Network through the Asante Foundation. Well, the show will go on in 2020, just in a very reimagined way.

Sarahanne Driggs, Events Officer for the Asante FoundationJoining David to give us the lowdown is Sarahanne Driggs, the Events Officer for the Asante Foundation and a true miracle worker! It seems that nothing can break Sarahanne’s spirit or determination to continue the amazing work of the foundation and the Oregon Wine Experience.  Heck, even the beloved (and quite incomparable) barrel auction. Go ahead, bid for the very best wines in Oregon. They are a really big wow!

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http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19351 We had intended to pay a long overdue visit to a number of our wine...

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First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyard, located in the breathtaking Finger Lakes wine region of Upstate New York. You’ve got to really feel for Will. After years of tireless work trying to save the region from a potential environmental catastrophe made possible by thoughtless frackers, things were really rolling along for this historic sacramental wine producer. Very sadly, cancelled church services has translated into a mountain of this very special wine sitting idle. Even worse, these particular wines aren’t meant for aging. Hence, time is not their friend. Will has dealt with a lot of monster-sized challenges in his life so he decided, when the going gets tough, wine enthusiasts should just go glamping on his property instead. It’s a great way to stay socially distanced and enjoy all that this off-the-beaten-path vineyard and winery has to offer.

Paul Cullen, Chef and Musician

Wrapping up the show is one of our favorite guests who has been so busy, we’ve had a tough time trying to catch up with him.  He’s former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen. Paul is all about food, wine, music and Italy. Wait until you hear how this very inventive wino, foodie, tour guide, chef, singer, songwriter and even sausage-maker pulls all of his passions together for your benefit! No spoiler alert here. You’re going to have to listen to the whole show!

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Episode #572 – Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen http://grapeencounters.com/episode-572-jancis-robinson-and-chef-rick-moonen/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-572-jancis-robinson-and-chef-rick-moonen/#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:00:20 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19173 Definitely Worth a Second Listen! To celebrate 4th of July Weekend, David wanted to feature...

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Episode #571 – Adjusting to Wine Appreciation in a Pandemic Place and Time http://grapeencounters.com/episode-571-adjusting-to-wine-appreciation-in-a-pandemic-place-and-time/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-571-adjusting-to-wine-appreciation-in-a-pandemic-place-and-time/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:00:31 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19169 Kristy Charles and her family co-founded Foursight Wines in 2006 and the Covid-19 crisis has...

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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 in mind that Barrel Tastings are not something that wine enthusiasts get invited to every day, but this opportunity is special in other ways as well, but to learn how, you’ll have to queue up the show and give it a listen!


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Episode #570 – World Affairs and What They Mean to Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-570-world-affairs-and-what-they-mean-to-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-570-world-affairs-and-what-they-mean-to-wine/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 15:00:51 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19164 With a host of critical national and international issues dominating every news cycle, it can...

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While there are plenty of reports that support the contention that Covid-19 is at the root of increased consumption, there are many other wine-related stories that reflect what’s on America’s mind: from wines produced by African Americans to the political preferences of wine versus beer drinkers, a lot has changed in the wine world in just a few short months. For some detailed insight into the very different 2020 vintage, give a listen to this episode of Grape Encounters Radio.

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Episode #569 – SOBAR: The Science of Sobriety and a New Product to Take on Alcohol Absorption http://grapeencounters.com/episode-569-sobar-the-science-of-sobriety-and-a-new-product-to-take-on-alcohol-absorption/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-569-sobar-the-science-of-sobriety-and-a-new-product-to-take-on-alcohol-absorption/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 15:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19145 If there’s one thing you probably should know about Grape Encounters host David Wilson, it’s...

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This incredibly unique product was not designed to make it easier for you to drink yourself silly.  That wasn't the point. It was designed for people who want to be very responsible and it's part of a much bigger dream and vision of its creator. His name is Joe Fisher, president of Zeno Functional Foods.  This edition of Grape Encounters will look at the science behind SOBAR (Yes, it’s a twist on the work “sober”) It’s a bar type food, a bar as in, protein bars and health oriented bars, not bars where people go to drink.

In addition to talking about SOBAR, Joe is an expert on how our bodies process alcohol.  He’s done an enormous amount of research on what goes on in our bodies when we drink. And I think a lot of people--most people perhaps--don't really have their arms wrapped around what's really going on when we consume alcohol.  Joe certainly has the credentials, including a degree in chemistry at Stanford plus an MD and a PhD degree in something called the Medical Scientist Training Program. After completing extensive post-doctoral studies, Joe worked for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for most of his career, where his focus was on the development of drugs for cancer and inflammation.  Joes says, “It was only after sort of retiring from that career that I decided to try to impact health through primarily preventative medicine.  I saw a great deal of opportunity in the development of food-based, natural health solutions.”  On today’s show, you’ll learn that there’s more to know about alcohol than we ever imagined.

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Episode #568 – A Virtually Incomparable Rose Day with Jon McDaniel http://grapeencounters.com/episode-568-a-virtually-incomparable-rose-day-with-jon-mcdaniel/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-568-a-virtually-incomparable-rose-day-with-jon-mcdaniel/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 15:00:36 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19075 Hey wine enthusiasts! There is a very big holiday that is coming up and it...

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Sommelier Jon McDaniel

For the June 13th National Rosé Day event, Jon has teamed up with famed Chateau de Berne in Provence to host a virtual tasting featuring the French producer’s extraordinary “Inspiration” Rosé. Tune in! There’s a lot to share about this extraordinary category of wines!

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Episode #566 – A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy! http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-566/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-566/#respond Sat, 23 May 2020 15:00:21 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19057 This week, David decided he wanted to get out and travel a good distance, even...

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http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-566/feed/ 0 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. Vinum Hadrianum, a winery on the eastern central coast of Italy that is breathing new life into an ancient Roman form of winemaking.

Piero Pavone, Founder of Vinum Hadrianum in Italy

Vinum Hadrianum is about 2 hours due east of Rome. It’s a project that was started by a group of people with extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of ancient Roman winemaking. we are talking about more than 2000 years ago. These wines were very popular during the Roman Empire and the ones produced in this regions were among the most expensive and sought after. The method used to make these wines is really quite different than what you would see at nearly all wineries, chateaus or any place that produces wine around the world. Aging takes place in clay amphoras which are very similar to those that would have been around 2000 years ago. These are wines that never see the inside of a wooden barrel. This region is world-renowned for ceramic production and so Vinum Hadrianum contracts with local artisans to produce the magnificent amphoras that replicate these much sought-after wines from thousands of years ago.

Chris Sawyer, internationally-renowned sommelier, wine educator, journalist, consultant, critic and public speaker, recently on The Varietal Show

During the second half of our show, David welcomes an audience favorite, Sommelier to the Stars, Christopher Sawyer, who calls Sonoma County his home. While many of us have been cooling our heels at home, Christopher has be in high demand on countless podcasts and other forms of social media.

Christopher says there’s no rest for the weary! “I have been doing more on Zoom than I've ever done in my life. I mean, I've been on over 35 shows. We did a great one called Cellar Pass TV. They’re like kind of a concierge group that really does a great job all over the United States in the wide regions.”

Perhaps the hottest topic wine-wise during the Covid-19 crisis is Virtual Tastings. Reluctantly, David admits that the concept may be getting a bit overworked and that perhaps we could come up with some new ideas. With that in mind, David poses the question, “Now that we are starting to see restaurants reopened… tasting rooms, not quite yet, what are the things that are changing that we're going to have to get used to living with and will be the new dynamic going forward?”

Chris’ answer is priceless! “Some of these things are cool, like restaurants in Manhattan where they just bought a bunch of shower curtains and they put them between the tables. You know these plastic shower curtain so you can see the people over there but you're not next to the people because you got a shower curtain between you? So you know there's going to be techniques like this.” As always, we can count on Christopher to shower us with great ideas!

Today’s edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More, where you’ll find thousands of wines produced by folks who started with a dream and never looked back. Be sure to spend a little time online at http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19055 Well, it’s now been 10 weeks of isolation and David is very proud of himself...

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]]> http://grapeencounters.com/episode-565-cooking-vacation-planning-and-experiencing-the-napa-valley-virtually-from-home/feed/ 0 Well, it's now been 10 weeks of isolation and David is very proud of himself for doing all sorts of things that he generally doesn't like doing, but he's actually having a good time all the same. David says his house has never been cleaner nor has his ...
David also has a few words of wisdom concerning your NEXT vacation. Granted, things may seem pretty hopeless at the moment, but this too shall pass and life eventually is going to get back to some kind of Have faith! We're going to be taken vacations again soon and it’s probably not going to be that far off. And one thing that is very clear is that you should strike while the iron is hot. No, you shouldn't get on a plane and go off on a trip just yet, but you should start thinking about five or six or seven or eight months down the road. If you'll do that, you can score some travel deals like you just can't imagine. If you want to take a dream vacation--if you want to go off to any of the wonderful wine countries that exist either in the United States or beyond--if you want to take a vacation that you probably couldn't have afforded before, airfare in particular is just incredibly low. David shares some of his research with you. Learn how you can go to many, many locations in Europe and Asia for as little as $300 $400 round trip..

Speaking of wine country trips, what exactly is going on right now in America's premiere wine country, the Napa Valley? Things are on the verge of opening up, so we wanted to check in with Theresa Wall; she's the Senior Director of Communications for Napa Valley Vintners. This is a very important organization in the Napa Valley and the staff continues to do the important work of the association from home as they gear up for this year's reset of the visitor season.

Theresa says, "One of the [key roles] that we serve to this Valley is the opportunity to bring everyone together. I think something that really helps Napa Valley to shine and sets us apart from a lot of other regions is [our] camaraderie and that sense of coming together and the really tight knit community that we have developed here. Our main mission is to promote, protect, and enhance our Valley, which means that we do a lot of marketing to tell people our story. We certainly represent our wineries and advocate what's best for them and we also provide a lot of resources for our members. Our overall mission is to help promote the the Valley itself and to help our wineries tell their individual stories as well as act as a resource to anyone who is looking for information about the Valley."

One of the ways that the vintners are staying strong is through one of the world's most ambitious networks of virtual experiences. It's an extensive list and you'll hear about some of the most intriguing opportunities on this week's edition of Grape Encounters!

Today’s edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More, where you’ll find thousands of wines produced by folks who started with a dream and never looked back. Be sure to spend a little time online at http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19052 Now going into a third month of shelter in place with Grape Encounters Radio, host...

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This edition of Grape Encounters offers a very intimate look into the oldest winery in the Napa Valley—founded by Prussian Immigrant Charles Krug in 1861—and owned and operated by members of the famed Mondavi family ever since it was purchased by Cesare Mondavi in 1943. Despite a projected drop in restaurant and hotel sales of 95+% due to the Covid-19 crisis, wholesale and retail sales are projected to show growth of about 10%, compensating for a significant portion of the on-premise sales loss. It’s a bittersweet testimony to the strength of the Mondavi name and the brand loyalty that has remained remarkably powerful for well over 70 years.

Under Peter’s management as well as that of his Father and Grandfather, Charles Krug has survived a wide range of devastating states national and world events. Peter and Judd share their very personal insights into the success of Charles Krug and its sister C. Mondavi and Family brands. The family has always been steadfast in keeping the brands’ history at the forefront of any conversation, but every generation of Mondavi brings with it a keen understanding of what it takes to grow with the times without sacrificing the historic principles and corporate culture that makes these brands so iconic. From the critical role that social media plays in today’s wine industry to radical changes in packaging and so much more, this conversation is full of revelations, reverences and pleasant surprises!

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Episode #563 – How COVID-19 is forcing Boutique Winemakers to Sink or Swim http://grapeencounters.com/episode-563-how-covid-19-is-forcing-boutique-winemakers-to-sink-or-swim/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-563-how-covid-19-is-forcing-boutique-winemakers-to-sink-or-swim/#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 15:00:11 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19037 Featuring Imagine Wine and Lando Wines What’s that old saying? “If it wasn’t for bad...

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What's that old saying? "If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all!" Sometimes you want to laugh. Sometimes you want to cry. But at all times, you want to survive. America's boutique winemakers could never have imagined where just a short three -month journey would wind up taking them. It's sink or swim for small producers. Thank goodness winemakers are a hearty and inventive bunch. Of course, that doesn't mean outsmarting the
Coronavirus is a cake walk.

This week's show begins with something of a reunion. It was about 560 shows ago that Ross Jay Rankin, co-owner with his wife LynDee Rankin of Imagine Wine, was featured on Grape Encounters. And thanks to a well imagined business model, this small producer of very big wines is actually weathering the Covid-19 crisis quite well. You'll enjoy hearing how far things have come in a dozen years, and if you go back and listen to that first interview with Ross, it's easy to see that he's got that special something ... including some gloriously big reds.

Also on the show is Sam Lando of Lando Wines in Sonoma County. Sam has worked for some amazing producers throughout his long and colorful career. There comes a time, however, when a family's personal hobby starts to grow larger than life and the universe beckons you take that quantum leap and become a serious producer. Now, if only the universe would knock it off with all the natural disasters! No one said it was going to be easy, but you've got to want it bad to stay focused through all the challenges these world-class Pinot makers have had to deal with. You're going to love the Lando attitude as much as you love their stunning wines!

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First, a deep dive into a craze wine enthusiasts probably didn’t expect… the virtual wine tasting! How does it all work and where do you get hooked up? Show announcer, tasting room host and winemaker Brent Keast joins David for a deep dive into an activity that is moderated online but enjoyed while sheltered in place. It seems like nothing can stop the sipping, and David and Brent will show you how to get in on the game!

From fanciful fun to unthinkable cancellations... What happens when your winery wedding is postponed indefinitely? You do have options and we’ve got an expert to give you some much-needed guidance. Joining David is Mary Litzinger, President of VP Events, based in Southern California. Mary not only produces extraordinary wine-themed weddings, but also events of every kind in idyllic locales all over the globe. If you’ve got Mary in your corner, your chances of a happy ending are greatly improved! Tune in for some much need encouragement on this edition of Grape Encounters!


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Episode #561 – What Hops, Quacks and Pairs Perfectly With Fermented Grapes? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-561-what-hops-quacks-and-pairs-perfectly-with-fermented-grapes/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-561-what-hops-quacks-and-pairs-perfectly-with-fermented-grapes/#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2020 07:00:30 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19042 Two Women-Owned Wineries That Go Beyond! Here’s an unusual theme for our show: Women-owned-and-operated wineries...

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This week’s show begins on the high plains of Sonoita, Arizona, where Arizona Hops and Vines not only produces, well, hops and wines, but also puts on some very intriguing events throughout the year. Meet Shannon Austin who, along with her sister Megan, have tamed the Arizona high country and turned it into an unlikely, but altogether irresistible, wine destination. This is one very unique operation where you can enjoy wines made from grapes and hops, cheer on drag racers (featuring bonafide drag queens) and take part in the “Bad Decisions Camp Out.” It’s almost as if Las Vegas hijacked the “what happens in…” concept from Arizona wine’s first ladies of fun!

We hate to leave Sonoita, but it's off to Sonoma, where Jennifer Reichardt’s Raft Wines offer the perfect pairing with delectable duck raised by Liberty Ducks. Liberty Ducks are a strain of Pekin Duck developed in Denmark and raised in a less-stressful style by Jennifer’s Father, Jim; a fourth-generation duck farmer.

These are definitely NOT conventional wineries, but what do you expect from America’s most unconventional wine broadcast!



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Episode #560 – Why Lament Together When We Can Ferment Together? The National Honey Wine Project! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-560-why-lament-together-when-we-can-ferment-together-the-national-honey-wine-project/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-560-why-lament-together-when-we-can-ferment-together-the-national-honey-wine-project/#respond Sat, 11 Apr 2020 15:00:01 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19032 I’ve always contended that wine can be a great creative catalyst so that’s what we’ll...

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Now I've been writing the term shelter in place so much these days that I finally started to abbreviate it, and that's when I discovered a secret message, probably intended to help us find some enjoyment while we all do our part as good citizens. Yep. You guessed it, shelter in place or SIP. And who am I to argue with that? Now, sipping is definitely something we Americans are doing a lot of this past month now, while on-premise sales in bars and restaurants is essentially now zero, what we call direct-to-consumer sales are through the roof. In fact, according to Nielsen, wine sales at grocery stores and alcoholic beverage retailers was up 27.6% for the week ending March 14th and it continues to climb...

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Episode #559 – A Renowned Chef. A Beloved Winemaker. Two Stories About Innovating Beyond the Quarantine’s Confines http://grapeencounters.com/episode-559-a-renowned-chef-a-beloved-winemaker-two-stories-about-innovating-beyond-the-quarantines-confines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-559-a-renowned-chef-a-beloved-winemaker-two-stories-about-innovating-beyond-the-quarantines-confines/#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:00:17 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19027 These days, a “Grape Encounter” is far different than what it used to be. Until...

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Keith is a guy who has never played by the rules. It’s not that he’s not a team player, it’s that he always seems to find new and better ways to do things that we have always done the same old way! It’s that maverick spirit that has earned Keith and the family winemaking operation an enormous social media following to complement the extraordinary popularity of their sensational limited-production wines. In the first half of today’s show, Keith talks about what the family business is doing to remain strong. One of those measures involves Keith getting into his vehicle to deliver wine and gourmet cupcakes personally to local fans of the Saarloos and Sons brand… which is exactly what Keith was doing when he made the video that caught David’s attention!

The same day that David came across the very heartwarming video posted by Keith Saarloos, another post – this time from a renowned chef – caught his attention and he just had to make an immediate connection. The chef is Rick Moonen, who until recently, operated two world-class restaurants in the famed Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Rick is a frequent guest on numerous high-profile TV programs, has graced the pages of several of America’s best-read magazines and has creative instincts about engaging present and future fans that are as innovative as his cuisine.

Sequestered in his Las Vegas Home along with his wife, Chef Moonen has transformed his backyard into a true Garden of Eatin’, growing everything imaginable to create extraordinary dishes while waiting out the Coronavirus health crisis. But that’s just the beginning. Rick and his beloved partner have come up with a daily ritual they call, “Quarantine Cuisine!” Wait until you hear about all the moving parts of this ingenious idea! Rick says they’re having so much fun taking this idea further each day that it makes the quarantine more of a fun challenge than a major disruption of his life. And Quarantine Cuisine is just one of the many ways that Chef Rick Moonen is making lemonade out of lemons during this trying time. To hear plenty more, you need only tune in to Grape Encounters Radio!

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Episode #558 – Creative Wine Enjoyment While Sheltering in Place http://grapeencounters.com/episode-558-creative-wine-enjoyment-while-sheltering-in-place/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-558-creative-wine-enjoyment-while-sheltering-in-place/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:00:25 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19014 This is a very unusual episode of Grape Encounters Radio. There are no guests on...

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Nonetheless, David covers a lot of ground as he talks about how to creatively enjoy wine while you’re sheltering at home. What does that really mean? Well, the order to shelter at home took a lot of people by surprise, which means their supply of wine may be limited to bottles that have been kicking around the house for a very long time and probably haven’t seemed very appetizing. Not to worry! David will explain how you can take a less than satisfactory bottle of wine and make it a whole lot more enjoyable. That includes adding some simple ingredients that you have around the house to that yucky bottle, or perhaps turning it into a delicious sangria.

But there’s more! David makes a big announcement about what will be going on next week and you certainly want to be a part of it. Imagine this, thousands of people are making wine at home. And it won’t be made from grapes either. It’s a honey of an announcement in a good way to make the most of this terrible situation that we all find ourselves in.

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Episode #557 – The Economics of Wine, Sustainability in Place, Plus a Honey of a Surprise! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-557-the-economics-of-wine-sustainability-in-place-plus-a-honey-of-a-surprise/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-557-the-economics-of-wine-sustainability-in-place-plus-a-honey-of-a-surprise/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:00:36 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19012 Every year, we look forward to showcasing all of the amazing things that take place...

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Nancy Light, VPThe Wine Institute

On today’s show, Nancy Light, VP of Communications at the Wine Institute shares what the industry is doing to carry on in vastly different ways. David and Nancy also share important insights into the economic impact of the California Wine Industry on the economy and other parallel industries.

One thing is certain; wine producers are a resilient bunch and they are doing all they can to provide much needed diversion for the consumers who make it all possible. Hence, winemaking and grape growing will continue with the utmost concern for the public’s health and there’s little doubt that the industry’s commitment to both the people and the planet will continue to inspire unrelenting efforts to achieve 100% sustainability.

On a lighter (and sweeter) note, David is bubbling over with excitement to present a

Kelsey RottiersSongwriter, Honey Wine

singer/songwriter whose music has delighted him for years. When he first discovered Kelsey Rottiers’ original song, “Honey Wine,” David told anyone that would listen that it was the first wine song that truly captured the spirit of Grape Encounters… And it’s one of many extraordinary tunes she has produced. The song aired on Grape Encounters a number of times a few years back, but alas, music is rotated in and out and so Honey Wine was silent on the show for a year or so. That is until a strange set of circumstances not only landed the song a prominent role on our sister show, “The Wine is Talking,“ but also fulfilled David’s commitment to introduce Kelsey to the Grape Encounters audience. Now, at a time when the world could do with a little dose of joy, you get to meet the writer and singer of David’s favorite wine-themed song!

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Episode #555 – HOME SWEET HOME! Grape Encounters Returns to its Roots! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-555-home-sweet-home-grape-encounters-returns-to-its-roots/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-555-home-sweet-home-grape-encounters-returns-to-its-roots/#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2020 16:00:10 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19005 This week’s guest on Grape Encounters is the head of judging and one of the...

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Spreti has 14 years’ experience as a wine buyer for retail clients, most recently, her 11 years at Anne’s Boutique Wines, resulted in winning the top wine shop in Orange County. As a consultant, Spreti assists clients to develop their wine programs and produce widely attended events. Spreti also works as an educator, teaching wine classes both for public events and university audiences. Spreti’s consulting work has been published in both Spanish and English in the U.S. and abroad.

At the end of the show, David offers a bit of calm and wisdom regarding the issue on everyone’s mind, the Covid19 Corona Virus. David shares some thoughts about how to be a safe wine enthusiast during these very trying and uncertain times.


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Episode #554 – Jancis Robinson: The Reigning Queen of Wine Meets the Often-Irreverent Wine Maverick! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-554-jancis-robinson-the-reigning-queen-of-wine-meets-the-often-irreverent-wine-maverick/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-554-jancis-robinson-the-reigning-queen-of-wine-meets-the-often-irreverent-wine-maverick/#respond Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:00:26 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=19000 Host David Wilson says of this week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio: “This is one...

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If you ask anyone in the wine world who the most influential wine critic or wine educator in the world is, there would be little or no deliberation.  David’s guest today IS THAT PERSON.  She is renowned the world over as the consummate expert on wine, and arguably, the most heralded author of books that can be found on the shelves of wine experts and enthusiasts far and wide.  In this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, David is in Napa California at a symposium on wine trade hosted by the Wine Institute. The guest list is a who’s who of industry leaders and the keynote speaker and guest of honor is the legendary Jancis Robinson, author of the Oxford Companion to Wine, the World Atlas of Wine and the 24-Hour Wine Expert, among many other publications.  Direct from London, Jancis is here with David and, while they couldn’t be more different in their approach to wine, clearly, wine lovers are more alike than different.  If that doesn’t make complete sense to you, give a listen and you’ll see how similar very different perspectives can be.

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Episode 553 – Meet the Renaissance Man of Wine, Music and Art! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-553-meet-the-renaissance-man-of-wine-music-and-art/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-553-meet-the-renaissance-man-of-wine-music-and-art/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:27:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18994 The last time David had Spencer on Grape Encounters, the conversation was largely about a new project he is overseeing as COO of Wines That Rock, a very unique New York based company that creates very special wines that pay tribute to music, film and pop culture. The company’s latest project includes Star Trek themed wines that are being released in conjunction to the latest Star Trek installment that centers around Captain Picard in the days after his retirement from Star Fleet. But as interesting as that story is, Spencer career also includes sculpture, music production and performance as a world-class pianist.

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Episode #552 – Wine and Food Pairing is for Real People, Not Just an Elite Class! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-552-wine-and-food-pairing-is-for-real-people-not-just-an-elite-class/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-552-wine-and-food-pairing-is-for-real-people-not-just-an-elite-class/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:13:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18979 All over the world, there are literally countless wine and food pairing events going on every single day. More often than not, it’s the best of the best wines paired with culinary creations that few of us will actually get to enjoy more than perhaps once or twice a year, if that.

It’s been a long-standing belief of host David Wilson that pairing food and wine can be a beautiful thing, but it need not be reserved for fancy occasions and people with fat wallets. Pairing a delicious (and affordable) wine with a great slice of pizza or messy burger can be just as big a thrill as a carefully choreographed 5-course meal that can burn through a week’s wages of average Americans.

This week, long time Grape Encounter regular, Wes Hagen weighs in with David on how to get perhaps just as much pleasure from a yummy yet inexpensive wine and your favorite Italian-inspired pie… pizza pie that is.

One thing is for certain, when Wes Hagen, Ambassador of Miller Family Wines and Winemaker of their J. Wilkes brand is in the house, you can count on one or two very odd and wonderful treats. This week, Wes explains the connection between wine and the great scientific achievements of modern man. Are we kidding? Nope. Wes is dead serious and in just about 5 minutes flat he can lay out his case with plenty of names, fact and figures to make you a believer!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is brought to you buy your ultimate wine retail resource; Total Wine & More. Total Wine has been David’s hands-down favorite brick and mortar wine shopping experience for more than a dozen years, but they also have plenty for those of you who love to shop, learn and explore from your computer or personal device. See what is so very special at TotalWine.com!

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It’s been a long-standing belief of host David Wilson that pairing food and wine can be a beautiful thing, but it need not be reserved for fancy occasions and people with fat wallets. Pairing a delicious (and affordable) wine with a great slice of pizza or messy burger can be just as big a thrill as a carefully choreographed 5-course meal that can burn through a week’s wages of average Americans.

This week, long time Grape Encounter regular, Wes Hagen weighs in with David on how to get perhaps just as much pleasure from a yummy yet inexpensive wine and your favorite Italian-inspired pie… pizza pie that is.

One thing is for certain, when Wes Hagen, Ambassador of Miller Family Wines and Winemaker of their J. Wilkes brand is in the house, you can count on one or two very odd and wonderful treats. This week, Wes explains the connection between wine and the great scientific achievements of modern man. Are we kidding? Nope. Wes is dead serious and in just about 5 minutes flat he can lay out his case with plenty of names, fact and figures to make you a believer!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is brought to you buy your ultimate wine retail resource; Total Wine & More. Total Wine has been David’s hands-down favorite brick and mortar wine shopping experience for more than a dozen years, but they also have plenty for those of you who love to shop, learn and explore from your computer or personal device. See what is so very special at TotalWine.com!





















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Episode #551 – Where Will All That Grape Juice Go? Are We Facing a Glut? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-551-where-will-all-that-grape-juice-go-are-we-facing-a-glut/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-551-where-will-all-that-grape-juice-go-are-we-facing-a-glut/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 17:20:39 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18974 It really can be very difficult, if not impossible to predict just how bountiful a particular vintage is likely to be this early in the year, but Host David Wilson likes to think he has his finger on the pulse and is looking at a few subtle clues to help him make a long-shot prediction for the 2020 vintage.

One thing is certain; the past decade has produced more than its fair share of bumper crops, and while that might seem like an awesome thing, it does make it hard for grape growers because too much juice can lower both prices and demand.

For most wine consumers, where all that wine juice winds up may be something of a mystery… and that is completely understandable given the fact that the grapes harvested off of a single vineyard could end up in several different wines of significantly varying quality and price. That’s a very good reason to listen to this week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio. That’s what you’ll hear in the first half of the show. In the second half, David will share an increasingly popular way to ferment and age wine that isn’t on most people’s radar: amphoras and concrete tanks. In a way, it’s a case of high tech getting low tech, and the result is some pretty awesome wines where the grapes express themselves in new and exciting ways.

The show concludes with a news item related to the wine cult film classic Sideways. Well, actually, it’s not really about the film but rather a full-emersion Off-Broadway stage play being produced by Rex Pickett, the author of the book that led to the film. There’s just one peculiar thing about this food, wine and entertainment event that has David scratching his head. Odds are, so will you!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is brought to you buy your ultimate wine retail resource; Total Wine & More. Total Wine has been David’s hands-down favorite brick and mortar wine shopping experience for more than a dozen years, but they also have plenty for those of you who love to shop, learn and explore from your computer or personal device. See what is so very special at TotalWine.com!

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One thing is certain; the past decade has produced more than its fair share of bumper crops, and while that might seem like an awesome thing, it does make it hard for grape growers because too much juice can lower both prices and demand.

For most wine consumers, where all that wine juice winds up may be something of a mystery… and that is completely understandable given the fact that the grapes harvested off of a single vineyard could end up in several different wines of significantly varying quality and price. That’s a very good reason to listen to this week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio. That’s what you’ll hear in the first half of the show. In the second half, David will share an increasingly popular way to ferment and age wine that isn’t on most people’s radar: amphoras and concrete tanks. In a way, it’s a case of high tech getting low tech, and the result is some pretty awesome wines where the grapes express themselves in new and exciting ways.

The show concludes with a news item related to the wine cult film classic Sideways. Well, actually, it’s not really about the film but rather a full-emersion Off-Broadway stage play being produced by Rex Pickett, the author of the book that led to the film. There’s just one peculiar thing about this food, wine and entertainment event that has David scratching his head. Odds are, so will you!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is brought to you buy your ultimate wine retail resource; Total Wine & More. Total Wine has been David’s hands-down favorite brick and mortar wine shopping experience for more than a dozen years, but they also have plenty for those of you who love to shop, learn and explore from your computer or personal device. See what is so very special at TotalWine.com!





















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Episode #550 – If Your Dream is Owning a Winery or Vineyard, You’re in Good Company! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-550-if-your-dream-is-owning-a-winery-or-vineyard-youre-in-good-company/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-550-if-your-dream-is-owning-a-winery-or-vineyard-youre-in-good-company/#respond Sat, 01 Feb 2020 16:00:15 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18961 On this installment of Grape Encounters, David will be talking about something that has been...

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If you're feeling uncomfortable about taking this giant plunge, you’ll definitely want to hear David’s discussion with Jenny Heinzen, owner of Jenny Heinzen Real Estate, located in Paso Robles, in the world-renowned California Central Coast wine country. Jenny’s real estate firm is a division of Vineyard Professional Services, which provides support in a multitude of ways to would-be and existing wine producers who can’t or don’t want to take on all the responsibilities themselves.

How many vineyard properties currently have a house on them where you can actually live among the grapes? How many properties have a winemaking facility on them as well as a vineyard? You might be surprised to learn that you can buy a pretty awesome property and get into the business for a price that is not much different than buying a really nice home on a small lot in one of America’s finer communities.

On today’s show, Jenny shares important information about different business models. Some people may want to limit themselves to growing and selling grapes. Others may buy their grapes elsewhere but produce wine in their own winery. Others will elect to take on all aspects of winemaking. One thing is certain, before you take the plunge, you need to spend some quality time with a pro like Jenny Heinzen, because mistakes are costly but doing it right can be life-changing in the most positive ways!

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Episode #549 – A Georgetown Rendezvous With the Best of Bordeaux! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-549-a-georgetown-rendezvous-with-the-best-of-bordeaux/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-549-a-georgetown-rendezvous-with-the-best-of-bordeaux/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:00:19 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18956 Plus, the Remarkable Connection Between Football and Wine! Host David Wilson has a great big...

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Host David Wilson has a great big soft spot in his heart for the winemakers of Bordeaux, France. He says it’s mostly because much of the wine-loving world just assumes that, with all the prestige attached to the Bordeaux label, you might expect it to be a stuffy place, steeped in pretentiousness. Well, not so fast! Bordeaux is actually an incredibly welcoming place where you can meet winemakers who have been carrying on centuries of family tradition. As for the wines, it’s just imperative for lovers of Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and others to enjoy a full-immersion Bordeaux tasting experience, if for no other reason, to better understand the roots of our favorite wines and how they differ across the pond.

And so, it was off to the Washington D.C. area for the Tour de Bordeaux, an absolutely extraordinary event featuring wines from legendary Bordeaux producers who gathered at the lovely Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown. This event is just one of the topics you’ll hear about on this edition of Grape Encounters Radio.

Also on Episode 549 of Grape Encounters, learn about the growing connection between football and wine. How many players, coaches and team owners are taking their game from the gridiron to the vineyard? You’re likely to be very surprised. In fact, the number of players, coaches and owners who are tackling a second career in winemaking is staggering! (Metaphorically speaking, that is!)

Also, there’s another big game that takes place just after football’s finale. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is upon us, so we’ll share some important advice about how to avoid not making a romantic mistake on the day that is all about love. And remember, love means never having to say you’re sorry for choosing the wrong bottle for your big night!





















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Episode #548 – Is Social Media Causing Pretentiousness to Skyrocket? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-548-is-social-media-causing-pretentiousness-to-skyrocket/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-548-is-social-media-causing-pretentiousness-to-skyrocket/#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:00:29 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18938 Plus, some “just for fun” wine wisdom that isn’t snobbery! Show Announcer, wine enthusiast and...

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Show Announcer, wine enthusiast and award-winning winemaker, Brent Keast joins David in a discussion of social media as it relates to wine. David says that over the holidays, he had some spare time to spend on Facebook, Instagram and other places where wine fans tend to congregate in the digital world. Unfortunately, David also says that after hours and hours of taking a look at what everybody's been doing, he was left with kind of a sick feeling in his stomach because of how serious so many wine enthusiasts often get about their favorite adult beverage.

David explains, “Okay. I don't know how many friends I have in total that are in the wine business, but oftentimes when somebody friends me on Facebook or LinkedIn, we may have three, four and even 500 friends in common because wine is a small world, but the one thing that I just get more and more annoyed about as time goes on is the kinds of pictures we post on social media. If you're a wine enthusiast, it seems like it's mandatory that you post a picture of yourself sniffing a glass of wine, looking at the color of the wine or just looking so intense about that glass. I don't know what they're doing, but it's like if you’re into wine, there seems to be some unwritten rule that you’re required to post a picture of yourself with a glass looking wildly pretentious!”

That’s just the beginning of David’s rant. He also takes on the often silly ways we try to describe wine and encourages listeners to take a step back and make the conversation about something other than the wine. David argues that “wine should be a catalyst to stimulate conversations about everything except the wine.” David admits after producing the show that he really doesn’t want to offend anyone. Rather, he’d just like to see us all be more lighthearted in the way we enjoy our vino!

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http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18935 Stories concerning what some say is an eminent 100% tariff on imported wines have been...

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On this week’s show David checks in with Gladys Horiuchi, the Communications Director of The Wine Institute, one of the most powerful organizations in the wine world. They're an advocacy group for California wine, but do a lot for wine all over the world. In recent months, Gladys’ office has been all ablaze with a lot of discussion and questions and information dissemination about the tariffs so, on this episode of Grape Encounters, David asks Gladys to drill down to the details about what’s really going on and what it means to the everyday wine consumer.

EU tariffs have currently been levied on a number of different European products and wine happens to be one of them. The Wine Institute has always taken the position that they don't want wine pulled into trade disputes that don't involve wine. In this particular case, an aircraft subsidy dispute last October and now a digital services tax are fueling fear that wine drinking consumers will bear the brunt of retaliatory disruption of wine trade around the world.

Some experts believe that if you can't import as many wines into the country or it costs more for the importer to do so, then it will hurt American distributors and importers. And that, in turn, will trickle down to the consumer.

Also joining David on the show from the Wine Institute is Nancy Light, the organizations Vice President. On this part of the show, David and Nancy will take on some decidedly lighter topics to end the discussion on a very positive note.

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Episode #546 – The Many Routes to Becoming a Sommelier http://grapeencounters.com/episode-546-the-many-routes-to-becoming-a-sommelier/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-546-the-many-routes-to-becoming-a-sommelier/#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18924 She was the 5th woman to earn the title Master Sommelier and she has earned a lot more titles, honors and certifications than that in her extensive wine career. Catherine is the proprietor of Planet Grape, LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, Grape Goddess, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.

Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.

On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.

Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!

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She was the 5th woman to earn the title Master Sommelier and she has earned a lot more titles, honors and certifications than that in her extensive wine career. Catherine Fallis is the proprietor of Planet Grape, LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, Grape Goddess, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.

Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.

On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.

Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!

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Episode #545 – An Encore With Our French Connection, Jean-Charles Boisset http://grapeencounters.com/episode-545-an-encore-with-our-french-connection-jean-charles-boisset/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-545-an-encore-with-our-french-connection-jean-charles-boisset/#respond Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:00:07 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18868 From preserving history to defining Napa Style, Jean-Charles Boisset is truly a living legend in...

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Good grief! It’s been nearly two years since Jean-Charles Boisset has graced the airwaves of Grape Encounters Radio… but this episode was probably well worth the wait as Jean-Charles and David take on a broad range of topics; from climate change to Jean-Charles’ determination to document and preserve American wine history. And it’s not just about putting it into words. Jean-Charles has been busily creating brick and mortar places where we can all gain a better understanding of how America became a force to be reckoned with on the world wine stage. And yes, all this from a Frenchman! Here’s to you, Jean-Charles!

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Episode #544 – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers http://grapeencounters.com/episode-544-best-gifts-for-wine-lovers/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-544-best-gifts-for-wine-lovers/#respond Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:00:44 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18876 It’s the most popular adult beverage in the world, so it opens up a plethora...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-544-best-gifts-for-wine-lovers/feed/ 0 It's the most popular adult beverage in the world, so it opens up a plethora of possibilities when it comes to gift giving. At this time of year, host David Wilson is bombarded with questions about what to buy the wine lovers in our lives.  "Hey,
Think back a bit, like about 20 years, or even just 10 years, and about the only thing that you'd see in that kitchen accessory drawer that might have anything to do with wine would be some kind of a very boring corkscrew. Even then, it may well have been one that you picked up at a hotel room. You know, it's got that little plastic cover on it and you pull that off and the cover becomes the handle. No, it doesn't work very well, but it does work just the same. In those days, you were lucky if you had what we call a winged corkscrew. You know the one we’re talking about… If you lift its arms up and down, it looks like a little man doing jumping jacks. Perhaps you also had a few bottle stoppers hanging around, but that was about it, right? These things were about all there was in terms of wine accessories. But let's also remember that just a few years back, there weren't very many wines out there either. If you go back to the time when your parents were your age, they only had maybe 10 wines to choose from. 

It goes without being said that times have definitely changed. Today, wine is an obsession for many people and a critical cultural component for most of us. That being said, wine-related gifts are always in good taste and, boy oh boy, are there ever plenty of super-cool items to chose from. To learn more, just listen!



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Episode #543 – Wine Resources That Will Keep You From Making Big Mistakes http://grapeencounters.com/episode-543-wine-resources-that-will-keep-you-from-making-big-mistakes/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-543-wine-resources-that-will-keep-you-from-making-big-mistakes/#respond Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:00:14 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18870 On this week’s episode of Grape Encounters Radio, David and our trusty announcer review some...

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But it’s not just the consumer publications that are offering free and reliable information about wines you should really consider buying. Top wine retailers definitely have the 411 on great wines available across the country. Top retailers like Total Wine & More know exactly what consumers are drawn to based on sales figures encompassing literally millions and millions of purchases. Hence, if you want to know what’s hot, why not look to retailers whose success depends upon pairing the right wines with public preferences.

But there are even more places to look for guidance. Around the world, top wine judges frequently assemble at some of the most prestigious wine competitions and judge tens of thousands of wines in the blind. None of us know precisely what we are drinking because judging is done in the blind. However, in the end, the medal-winning wines are nearly always undeniably great choices for your cellar or dinner table. If you don’t want to risk your hard-earned dollars on a wine-buying crap shoot, see what the experts and fellow consumers are raving about and join the crowd!

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Episode #542 – (Wine) Cocktails Anyone? Cool Concoctions From the Wine Institute! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-542-wine-cocktails-anyone-cool-concoctions-from-the-wine-institute/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-542-wine-cocktails-anyone-cool-concoctions-from-the-wine-institute/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:06:20 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18856 This is a time when we are all absolutely immersed in the holiday season. We have a little bit of it behind us and a whole lot more in front of us. This is probably the biggest time when it comes to wine and wine sales because everybody's out buying wine for gifts. They're buying wine for parties and family celebrations, but sometimes you just want to mix it up a little bit and when we say mix it up, that even includes mixing our fruit of the vine with something else. So, speaking of something else, one of David's favorite guests who comes on from time to time, not nearly enough, is Nancy Light. She's the VP at the Wine Institute, which is an incredibly powerful and effective organization--really an advocacy group--for the California wine industry, but they do so much good for wine all over the world. On this episode of Grape Encounters, Nancy joins us to lighten up things with wine cocktails. When David saw a new publication from the Wine Institute, he says he freaked out! "The minute I saw this, like I just freaked out. I was so crazy because it is so up my alley and anybody that's been listening to Grape Encounters for any length of time knows that I love to tinker with wine. And there are a lot of people that think wine is sacred and you can't mess with it and you just gotta drink it the way the winemaker made it and that's it. But you guys come along with a wine cocktail ebook for the holidays."

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Nancy says, "So I just want to address this idea of messing with wine. Here's where we come out on it. We know you want to have your terrific wine, you love your wine, you want your glass of wine, you're going to have your wine with dinner, you're going to serve wine at your parties. But we all want to have something special. Often if it's a dinner, and when people walk in, you want to have craft cocktails. That's been a movement for a long time and there is no reason in the world that wine should not be a part of that, right? You're making these cocktails, you're using the best ingredients and wine is just perfect."

And so the discussion begins... It turns out that wine isn't as sacred as we might have believed... and even a heavyweight from the esteemed Wine Institute is quick to embrace taking wine well beyond it's traditional role. It's a great addition to any holiday festivities and we've got several awesome recipes ready for you to enjoy!

That's only half of today's Grape Encounters. After his visit with Nancy Light, David shares some very personal thoughts on two additional topics that you'll want to stay tuned for! We won't be spoilers here. Listen in and enjoy this holiday episode of Grape Encounters Radio!





















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Episode #541 – Wes Hagen on Enjoying Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-541-wes-hagen-on-enjoying-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-541-wes-hagen-on-enjoying-wine/#respond Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:00:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18842 Join David and winemaker/wine historian Wes Hagen talking about the science and experience of tasting wine... when wine hits your tongue, all five flavor components – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umomi/savory – one of the few beverages that delivers all of them. Trends in food and wine pairing take all these into account, and why wine is the perfect accompaniment to food.

In this episode, David and Wes, who is renowned in the wine business and also the winemaker for J. Wilkes in the Santa Ynez Valley of California’s Central Coast, address some of the major trends taking hold in the wine industry. Chances are, you’ll welcome the trends that are transforming the industry.

This is an eye-opening episode that you won’t want to miss. One of the trends that David and Wes address include the shattering of rules related to wine pairing. Even some of the world’s most renowned Somms are questioning conventional wisdom.

Also, there’s a growing affection toward Riesling that is really taking hold. When was the last time that you had one? Another major trend is the migration of wine drinkers toward rosé wines. If you think they’re strictly sweet wines, you’ve been hanging around White Zinfandel too long. Other topics include Orange Wine, Cabernet Franc and much more! This edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine and More.

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In this episode, David and Wes, who is renowned in the wine business and also the winemaker for J. Wilkes in the Santa Ynez Valley of California’s Central Coast, address some of the major trends taking hold in the wine industry. Chances are, you’ll welcome the trends that are transforming the industry.

This is an eye-opening episode that you won’t want to miss. One of the trends that David and Wes address include the shattering of rules related to wine pairing. Even some of the world’s most renowned Somms are questioning conventional wisdom.

Also, there’s a growing affection toward Riesling that is really taking hold. When was the last time that you had one? Another major trend is the migration of wine drinkers toward rosé wines. If you think they’re strictly sweet wines, you’ve been hanging around White Zinfandel too long. Other topics include Orange Wine, Cabernet Franc and much more! This edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine and More.

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Adam LaZarre is a veteran winemaker with nearly 20 years of experience behind him. Previously, he was the Vice President of Winemaking for Hahn Estates winery in Monterey County and was part of the team that created such superstar wines as Rex-Goliath and Cycles-Gladiator. Prior to that, Adam produced wines for a number of Central Coast and North Coast wineries as well as participated in the production of wines in Chile and in Spain.

Adam first fell in love with wine while serving honorably in the U.S. Navy. Rather than continue his military service, he chose to enroll in Fresno State’s highly acclaimed Enology program where he graduated, despite all the wine he drank while in school. During his studies, he fell in love with and subsequently relocated to the Central Coast of California where he produced wines for Elliston Vineyards, Jekel Winery, and Constellation Wine Company.

Adam is one of the most accoladed winemakers in California, with Best-of-Show wins at the most prestigious wine competitions in the world including the L.A. International Wine Competition where he is the only three time winner of this respected wine competition. In 2005, Adam was named “Winemaker of the Year” in the Sacramento Bee and was also named “One of the Top Five Winemakers” in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006. Earlier in 2012, Adam was ranked #69 on IntoWine.com’s “100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry”.

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Episode #539 – Perfect Turkey? Don’t Mess Up the Wine! http://grapeencounters.com/perfect-turkey-dont-mess-up-the-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/perfect-turkey-dont-mess-up-the-wine/#respond Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:56:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18798 We can spend an eternity making sure everything on the table is picture perfect and absolutely delicious. But way too often, families across this great land of ours overlook one of the most important details... the wine! You just spent hundreds of dollars collectively putting an awesome once-a-year meal together, but then cheap Uncle Carl who was charged with bringing the wine stopped at a 24-hour convenience store a few block away to pick up anything even remotely resembling wine. Don't worry, he asked for advise from the fellow with the safety pin in his nose that was looking after the gas pumps and vast assortment of chips and candy bars. By the way, Carl doesn't even drink wine so who assigned this task to him anyway?

Okay, that might be a bit of an over exaggeration, but it isn't far from the truth in many households. If there was ever a meal that deserved a decent bottle of wine or two on the table, it's Thanksgiving. And, by the way, decent doesn't necessarily mean expensive. It means, "thoughtfully selected to best compliment Grandma Flossie's world-famous stuffing."

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The wine is just as important as the bird!

Okay, that might be a bit of an over exaggeration, but it isn't far from the truth in many households. If there was ever a meal that deserved a decent bottle of wine or two on the table, it's Thanksgiving. And, by the way, decent doesn't necessarily mean expensive. It means, "thoughtfully selected to best compliment Grandma Flossie's world-famous stuffing."

So here's the deal. Give this episode of Grape Encounters a listen and you will be well equipped to put the ultimate finishing touch on the families most important get-together. And fear not. Even though the Thanksgiving dinner table is a virtual conundrum of seemingly disjunct flavors (including Aunt Pat's green bean casserole) we'll steer you toward wines that will pull everything together better than grout in a tile floor. Are you ready to be the Vino Hero? Give a listen and then gobble up the compliments!























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Episode #538 – The Intersection of Wine, Art and Music http://grapeencounters.com/the-intersection-of-wine-art-and-music/ http://grapeencounters.com/the-intersection-of-wine-art-and-music/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:00:07 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18793 The last time David had Spencer on Grape Encounters, the conversation was largely about a new project he is overseeing as COO of Wines That Rock, a very unique New York based company that creates very special wines that pay tribute to music, film and pop culture. The company’s latest project includes Star Trek themed wines that are being released in conjunction to the latest Star Trek installment that centers around Captain Picard in the days after his retirement from Star Fleet. But as interesting as that story is, Spencer career also includes sculpture, music production and performance as a world-class pianist.

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It may be a fact that many of us tend to overlook: Where there is wine, there will likely be music and art as well. They are inseparable companions, and nothing proves that point better than a deep-dive into the incomparable career of Spencer Brewer. This is a conversation that will either inspire you or perhaps make you wonder how certain people can take on so much and excel at everything they do. Alright, let’s go with “inspire” as we take a close look at the life and times of the remarkably creative and talented Spencer Brewer!





















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Episode #537 – The Good News and Bad News From Wine Country This Fall http://grapeencounters.com/episode-537-the-good-news-and-bad-news-from-wine-country-this-fall/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-537-the-good-news-and-bad-news-from-wine-country-this-fall/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:23:59 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18789 Whenever Host David Wilson wants information about absolutely anything having to do with wine, the wine industry or wine country, there are about four or five people he turns to. One of his absolute favorites is the Sommelier to the Stars, Christopher Sawyer. Almost every conversation with Christopher is a riot. There are some exceptions, including the first part of this discussion which centers on the horrifying fire that recently tore it’s way through Sonoma County… the place that Christopher calls home.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s the fact that, despite this fire’s enormous footprint, there was no loss of life and far fewer structural losses than the massive number of homes and buildings leveled by the haunting fire that devastated the same region just two years ago. There is additional good news with regard to crops damaged by smoke taint.

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Whenever Host David Wilson wants information about absolutely anything having to do with wine, the wine industry or wine country, there are about four or five people he turns to. One of his absolute favorites is the Sommelier to the Stars, Christopher Sawyer. Almost every conversation with Christopher is a riot. There are some exceptions, including the first part of this discussion which centers on the horrifying fire that recently tore it’s way through Sonoma County… the place that Christopher calls home.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s the fact that, despite this fire’s enormous footprint, there was no loss of life and far fewer structural losses than the massive number of homes and buildings leveled by the haunting fire that devastated the same region just two years ago. There is additional good news with regard to crops damaged by smoke taint.

Seeing as the show was recorded on Christopher’s 50th Birthday, it only seems fitting that the discussion end on a positive note… and there’s plenty of happy things to also talk about on Episode 537 of Grape Encounters!





















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Episode #536 – Wine Country Communities Face Inferno With Courage and Conviction http://grapeencounters.com/episode-536-wine-country-communities-face-inferno-with-courage-and-conviction/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-536-wine-country-communities-face-inferno-with-courage-and-conviction/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:12:04 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18758 Sonoma County Wine Country residents are now confronting another inferno of epic proportions. Though seemingly insurmountable, citizens of this wine region have no shortage of resolve and courage, and there conviction is on full display as they do everything they must to save their historic communities, homes, businesses and, most importantly, lives.

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Joining David on this week's show is Michael O'Shea, an icon in the radio world, General Manager and Co-owner of Sonoma County's leading news station and co-producer of an award-winning documentary covering every angle of the inferno of 2017.  Note that since this story was aired, the fire has worsened significantly.  All the same, we think you'll find Michael's insights extremely valuable and eye-opening.
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On a lighter note, David welcomes Eric Orange, the founder and CEO of Local Wine Events dot com to Grape Encounters.  Local Wine Events is the most comprehensive guide to wine happening and much more worldwide.  Once you've learned all they have to offer wine enthusiasts, you won't set out on any wine adventure before visiting this massive information source first.





















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Episode #535 – Happy Hallo-Wine! Macabre Wines and Wine Stories http://grapeencounters.com/episode-535-happy-hallo-wine-macabre-wines-and-wine-stories/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-535-happy-hallo-wine-macabre-wines-and-wine-stories/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:33:09 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18749 PLUS:  The Latest News From Your World of Wine. Maybe its just us, but doesn’t...

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On this week's show, David shares some dark stories and scary tidbits just right for the Halloween season.  If you're going to a party and want to bring the perfect wine, or maybe you're just going to hang out at one of your favorite haunts, you'll definitely want to tune in to this lighthearted discussion of tales from the vine.  It's the dark side of wine and all in good fun.

Also, learn about some of the most noteworthy wine stories from our bustling news center.  There's always some hard-to-imagine things going on in the world of wine and we've got the latest just for you.  This episode of Grape Encounters is brought to you by our hands-down favorite haunt, Total Wine & More.  If you want to have a little fun, spend an afternoon or evening at your Total Wine & More store and check out the incredible labeling creativity that graces the bottles of 8000 wines from around the world.  It's terrific amusement for anyone who loves wine, art or both!





















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Episode #534 – Biodynamic and Built From Hemp in the South of France http://grapeencounters.com/episode-534-biodynamic-and-build-from-hemp-in-the-south-of-france/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-534-biodynamic-and-build-from-hemp-in-the-south-of-france/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:00:56 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18603 Chateau Maris in the South of France really has a story to tell... and who better to tell it than co-owner Robert Eden.  Most wine enthusiasts are probably familiar with biodynamic grape growing and wine making.  However, Chateau Maris definitely takes this art to a higher level.  There is probably no one who does a better job of explaining biodynamics than Robert Eden, and he takes this very remarkable wine producing art to heights you might not ever imagine. But that's just a small part of the story.  Consider this... Robert was so determined to build a facility that was one with the land that he constructed what he calls a "vegetable winery."  Believe it or not, Chateau Maris is built entirely of bricks made from hemp.  Hear the whole amazing story on this installment of Grape Encounters.

Also on this episode, we delve a little further into the growing commonalities between wine and whiskey making.  More than ever before, there are some common denominators that might really surprise you.  It's a lot to absorb, and just in time for Total Wine and More's Whiskey on the Rocks event in Las Vegas.  Learn a thing or two about the collaboration between whiskey and wine makers on this episode of Grape Encounters Radio!

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Co-owner Robert Eden and one of his loyal vineyard helpers.

Maris definitely takes this art to a higher level.  There is probably no one who does a better job of explaining biodynamics than Robert Eden, and he takes this very remarkable wine producing art to heights you might not ever imagine. But that's just a small part of the story.  Consider this... Robert was so determined to build a facility that was one with the land that he constructed what he calls a "vegetable winery."  Believe it or not, Chateau Maris is built entirely of bricks made from hemp.  Hear the whole amazing story on this installment of Grape Encounters.

Also on this episode, we delve a little further into the growing commonalities between wine and whiskey making.  More than ever before, there are some common denominators that might really surprise you.  It's a lot to absorb, and just in time for Total Wine and More's Whiskey on the Rocks event in Las Vegas.  Learn a thing or two about the collaboration between whiskey and wine makers on this episode of Grape Encounters Radio!





















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Episode #533 – Pinots and Plaid with the Wine Fashionista, Emily Martin http://grapeencounters.com/episode-533-pinots-and-plaid-with-the-wine-fashionista-emily-martin/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-533-pinots-and-plaid-with-the-wine-fashionista-emily-martin/#respond Sat, 05 Oct 2019 15:00:54 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18590 Oh, there is no doubt that Grape Encounters Host David Wilson gets mighty tired of...

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The event is titled, Pinots and Plaid and it is exactly what the name implies. Guests are asked to show up to the event wearing plaid attire which Host Emily Martin contends pairs very, very well with Pinot Noir. David is not so sure about that but is willing to hear the rationale behind this very novel event.

During the course of the interview, David discovers that he and Emily have many of the same friends and have been traveling in many of the same circles, even though they have never personally met face-to-face. This makes for more interesting conversation.

Also on the show, a visit from a listener who flew all the way from Atlanta to meet David in person. It turns out this particular listener is also a home winemaker and he’s all about sharing how he got the winemaking bug with all of David’s listeners.

Finally, as part of a 3-part series, David delves into the similarities between making wine and making whiskey. They may seem like to entirely different animals, but it turns out they have a lot in common. Joining David on this segment is Master Micro Distiller, Eric Olsen.


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Episode #532 – Changing Into Your Fall Wine Wardrobe With Master Somm Catherine Fallis http://grapeencounters.com/episode-532-changing-into-your-fall-wine-wardrobe-with-master-somm-catherine-fallis/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-532-changing-into-your-fall-wine-wardrobe-with-master-somm-catherine-fallis/#respond Sat, 28 Sep 2019 15:00:45 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18581 She was the 5th woman to earn the title Master Sommelier and she has earned a lot more titles, honors and certifications than that in her extensive wine career. Catherine is the proprietor of Planet Grape, LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, Grape Goddess, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.

Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.

On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.

Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!

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Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.

On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.

Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!

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Episode #531 – Will the Crazy 2019 Harvest Yield Crazy Good Wines, or is that a Crazy Thought? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-531-will-the-crazy-2019-harvest-yield-crazy-good-wines-or-is-that-a-crazy-thought/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-531-will-the-crazy-2019-harvest-yield-crazy-good-wines-or-is-that-a-crazy-thought/#respond Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:00:18 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18555 There is a whole lot of speculation going on about what kind of wines will...

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To sort things out, our longtime regular guest, Wes Hagen, weighs in with a lot more than two cents worth. If anybody knows how to interpret irregular growing conditions like 2019, Wes is your guy. He’s not just a wine expert, he’s a renowned winemaker with a tremendous amount of experience under his belt. He is currently the brand ambassador for the Miller family Wine Company, where he also makes wine for their brand, J. Wilkes.

Oh, to be sure, David and Wes will cover a lot more subjects than just the 2019 harvest, so be prepared for a ton of insight and information to come your way. Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More where you can find wines from every corner of the globe produced over a broad range of years. For more information, visit TotalWine.com.





















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Episode #530 – The Unabridged Wine World According to Jean-Charles Boisset! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-530-the-unabridged-wine-world-according-to-jean-charles-boisset/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-530-the-unabridged-wine-world-according-to-jean-charles-boisset/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:00:06 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18548 From preserving history to defining Napa Style, Jean-Charles Boisset is truly a living legend in...

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Good grief! It's been nearly two years since Jean-Charles Boisset has graced the airwaves of Grape Encounters Radio... but this episode was probably well worth the wait as Jean-Charles and David take on a broad range of topics; from climate change to Jean-Charles' determination to document and preserve American wine history. And it's not just about putting it into words. Jean-Charles has been busily creating brick and mortar places where we can all gain a better understanding of how America became a force to be reckoned with on the world wine stage. And yes, all this from a Frenchman! Here's to you, Jean-Charles!

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Episode #529 – The Ultimate Oregon Wine Experience Explained http://grapeencounters.com/episode-529-the-ultimate-oregon-wine-experience-explained/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-529-the-ultimate-oregon-wine-experience-explained/#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:00:45 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18541 Recently back from his unforgettable adventure in Southern Oregon, David gives listeners the skinny on...

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The show begins with a thorough rundown of this extraordinary spectacle. Then, David is joined by the National Sales Manager of Troon Vineyards, Nate Winters, to talk about his company’s transition to Biodynamic farming and grape growing… A very interesting chapter in this well-established winery’s evolution.

Then, Trium Winery co-owner, Tony Corallo, shares what it's like to win the Best of Show at the Oregon Wine Experience with a varietal that one would simply not expect to win this top honor. Stranger things can happen! All this and more on Grape Encounters Radio, sponsored by David’s preferred source for all things wine, Total Wine and More.

And it’s not all about Oregon, because this is the beginning of harvest across the country, and if you can’t make it to Oregon, it’s likely that the wine country closest to you will also be sharing in the celebrations that herald the most important time of year in the world of wine. Who better to bring this story to you than the folks at Total Wine and More; sponsors of Grape Encounters Radio. One thing is certain… every day of the year is a celebration of wine at Total Wine and More. Check out their website often to see the many things going on at your nearest Total Wine store. The address is simply TotalWine.com.





















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Episode #528 – California Wine Month http://grapeencounters.com/episode-528-california-wine-month/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-528-california-wine-month/#respond Sat, 31 Aug 2019 15:00:20 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18516 California Celebrates Wine Month as Experts Fret the Imminent Climate Change Buzz-Kill As Charles Dickens...

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As Charles Dickens famously wrote at the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.” While we never like to focus on any bad news when it comes to wine, there is a lot of attention being focused on the effects of climate change on the wine industry. It's not just something that is being anticipated. The rising temperatures are already forcing forward-thinking producers to come up with a strategy to protect the Golden State's most prestigious agricultural product. When it comes to issues like this, there’s no better person to turn to than Allison Jordan, a frequent guest on Grape Encounters who holds two very important titles. Allison is both the Vice President, Environmental Affairs at the Wine Institute in California and also the Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

Allison Jordan

Allison speaks often about the complex topic of global warming’s impact on wine production, and on this episode of Grape Encounters, she gives a very thorough rundown of what’s happening, what we can expect and how winemakers in California and beyond are thoughtfully addressing the issue with proactive measures.

But, in the interest of not being a Debbie downer, David dedicates half the show to perhaps the very best thing that happens in California each year: California Wine Month. This is a time when wine enthusiasts flock to the many wine regions of the California to join in on an almost limitless number of celebrations that feature any wine related activity you can possibly imagine. From statewide grape stomps to culinary extravaganzas and red carpet rolled out at countless wineries, September will see hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to wine countries stretching from one end of the state to the other in search of the ultimate good time and also some great educational opportunities as well. And it’s not all about California, because this is the beginning of harvest across the country, and if you can’t make it to California, it’s likely that the wine country closest to you will also be sharing in the celebrations that herald the most important time of year in the world of wine. Who better to bring this story to you than the folks at Total Wine & More; sponsors of Grape Encounters Radio. One thing is certain… every day of the year is a celebration of wine at Total Wine & More. Check out their website often to see the many things going on at your nearest Total Wine store. The address is simply TotalWine.com.





















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]]> http://grapeencounters.com/episode-527-why-do-wines-cost-what-they-cost/feed/ 0 With America's First Master of Wine, Tim Hanni. It's something that baffles a great number of wine lovers. Why is one bottle of wine $10 while another is $100?  Can there really be that much difference in quality to justify the price?  Well, It's something that baffles a great number of wine lovers. Why is one bottle of wine $10 while another is $100?  Can there really be that much difference in quality to justify the price?  Well, the truth is, wine prices make a lot more sense when you consider all the details.  During this show, we'll look at what it takes to make a pricey wine versus an inexpensive one. What really matters the most is whether or not you get the amount of enjoyment out of a wine at any price to justify what you spend.

Joining David on today's show is one of America's first two Masters of Wine, Tim Hanni.  Tim doesn't pull any punches and gives the straight skinny to the Grape Encounters audience.  David and Tim arrive at a surprising conclusion during the show and you're likely to feel pretty good about it.  Isn't it time that you get the unfiltered answer to one of the most frequently asked wine questions?  Give a listen!

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Episode #526 – Helping Your Wine Keep Its Cool! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-526-helping-your-wine-keep-its-cool/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-526-helping-your-wine-keep-its-cool/#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:00:53 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18492 Who doesn’t love Summer, right? Well, if your wine could talk, it would definitely express...

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Also on today’s show, David revisits the booming world of canned wine. The last time David talked about the subject, he posed the question, “Can wine in a can beat wine in a bottle in a blind tasting? Well, we’ve got the eye-opening answer thanks to special guests Dr. Robert Williams and his wife and business partner, Dr. Helena Williams.

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Episode #525 – Summer Wine News http://grapeencounters.com/episode-525-summer-wine-news/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-525-summer-wine-news/#respond Sat, 10 Aug 2019 15:00:31 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18447 It’s been another very busy week in the glorious world of wine.  Accordingly, host David...

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Which of these 3 things are most likely to inhibit your ability to fall asleep:  wine, nicotine or coffee?  The answer might surprise you!
OFF TO OREGON!
Finally, a visit with Sarahanne Driggs about David's upcoming visit to The Oregon Wine Experience in Jacksonville, Oregon.  This is a first for David and he's literally chomping at the bit to get there.  And if you're looking for a great selection of Oregon wines, there's no place on earth that offers more choices than Total Wine & More.  Grape Encounters is very pleased to be sponsored by America's leading wine, beer and spirits retailer.  If you've never visited a Total Wine & More store, you're in for the experience of a lifetime!  Learn more and buy online at TotalWine.com.

And don't forget, we've got more than 525 episode of Grape Encounters archived and ready to be downloaded at grape encounters.com.  We offer more content than you can imagine as part of our commitment to be the wine world's best wine podcast.  Come and download to your heart's content.





















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Episode #524 – Star Trek, Captain Picard and Wine: A New Enterprise http://grapeencounters.com/episode-524-star-trek-captain-picard-and-wine-a-new-enterprise/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-524-star-trek-captain-picard-and-wine-a-new-enterprise/#respond Sat, 03 Aug 2019 15:00:06 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18402 Okay, we probably should keep you wondering what the title of this episode is all...

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On today’s show, David connects with Stuart Spencer, COO of Wines That Rock. We’re all familiar with the multitude of wine bottles with catchy labels on them hoping to capture our attention. Too often however, what’s in the bottle has little in common with the image that was used to sell it.

Wines That Rock do things differently. They are very obsessed with the creation of wines that commemorate pop culture; music, TV, movies and more. Using what seems to be pretty sound reasoning, the book and the cover are created to be in harmony.

The company has had enormous success with wine bearing album artwork from legendary acts like the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Police and even Pink Floyd. Now, they have taken on their most ambitious challenge to date… to create a Star Trek wine that will coincide with the the CBS release of the latest Star Trek installment, Picard.

Stuart has been a big-time player in the wine business for many, many years… and his knowledge is only overshadowed by his wit and humor! He’s got his fingers in every aspect of this project, so be sure to Kling-on to his every word!

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Episode #523 – Wine Mistakes Every Wine Lover Should Avoid http://grapeencounters.com/episode-523-wine-mistakes-every-wine-lover-should-avoid/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-523-wine-mistakes-every-wine-lover-should-avoid/#respond Sat, 27 Jul 2019 15:00:57 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18398 From choosing the wrong wine club to failing to preserve wine properly, David looks at...

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And an interesting follow-up to an earlier show on wine allergies. David tells the story about a first-hand observation of someone turning bright, bright red after just a single sip of wine and how this poor fellow was able to reverse this severe allergic attack in just minutes. Listen and learn!

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Total Wine Sponsors Grape Encounters http://grapeencounters.com/total-wine-more-now-sponsoring-grape-encounters/ http://grapeencounters.com/total-wine-more-now-sponsoring-grape-encounters/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:50:47 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18307 Grape Encounters Radio, the leading nationwide wine-radio and podcasting network, proudly announces the beginning of...

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Episode #522 – Canned Wine and Turning Wine, Oh My! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-522-canned-wine-and-turning-wine-oh-my/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-522-canned-wine-and-turning-wine-oh-my/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:00:10 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=18239 A few weeks back, David interviewed Allan Green, the founder and Executive Director of the...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-522-canned-wine-and-turning-wine-oh-my/feed/ 0 A few weeks back, David interviewed Allan Green, the founder and Executive Director of the International Canned Wine Competition which is a first of its kind being held in Boonville, California. Since that initial interview, International Canned Wine Competition which is a first of its kind being held in Boonville, California. Since that initial interview, there have been a plethora of stories out about the subject and it appears we better be prepared for a major influx of canned fermentations. Before you say, “It’s just a flash in the can,” listen in to this update that will most certainly pique your curiosity as wine consumption continues to diversify!

Next up on the show is longtime contributor Wes Hagen. Whenever David wanders into a subject area that is a little overly complicated, Wes is his first go-to guy. In this particular case, David is a little frustrated by the fact that so many people are quick to say that their wine has turned to vinegar. Did it really? The answer may surprise you. Moreover, should you take that wine that is no longer pristine and pour it into your pasta sauce? If you’re unsure about the answer, you best listen to this edition of Grape Encounters Radio!

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Episode #521 – Tom Rodrigues: Meet the Ultimate Wine Renaissance Man http://grapeencounters.com/episode-521-tom-rodrigues-meet-the-ultimate-wine-renaissance-man/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-521-tom-rodrigues-meet-the-ultimate-wine-renaissance-man/#respond Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17951 He’s the ultimate renaissance man when it comes to wine. He’s a pig farmer, renowned...

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Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and artist

David hosts Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and renowned artist, founder of Artevino wines and Maple Creek Winery. Maple Creek Ranch and Winery was established in the spring of 2001. Tom, an artist for more than four decades, decided to leave his hectic Marin County life and settle in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, the premier growing region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After finding the ideal environment for growing grapes and living a healthy lifestyle, he purchased the ranch, vineyard and winery. From there, he hired Kerry Damskey, a consulting winemaker, to mentor him in his winemaking techniques, making French style wine while using California fruit. Artevino was born.
Tom’s art adorns the labels of Artevino with a different painting on each varietal from his”Vineyard Series.” His art may also be seen on some of the most notable industry, Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel, Dolce, EnRoute, Gemstone and Manzanita Creek, just to name a few.

 

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Episode #520 – Wine Regions That are Off Your Radar: Lodi and Clarksburg, CA http://grapeencounters.com/episode-520-wine-regions-that-are-off-your-radar-lodi-and-clarksburg-ca/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-520-wine-regions-that-are-off-your-radar-lodi-and-clarksburg-ca/#respond Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:00:33 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17733 Total Wine & More This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio begins with an important...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-520-wine-regions-that-are-off-your-radar-lodi-and-clarksburg-ca/feed/ 0 Total Wine & More This week's edition of Grape Encounters Radio begins with an important announcement that we couldn't be more pleased to tell you about.  Total Wine & More, America's leading wine retailer, This week's edition of Grape Encounters Radio begins with an important announcement that we couldn't be more pleased to tell you about.  Total Wine & More, America's leading wine retailer, has joined the Grape Encounters Bandwagon as our lead sponsor. The sponsorship extends through the end of the year and gives us the opportunity to vastly expand our reach.

On this week show, we talk to the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Executive Director, Stuart Spencer. If there was ever a wine region that should be on everyone's radar but isn't, it's Lodi. Lodi is a massive region providing grapes to winemakers in many other regions. Even though you may not know it, there's a better than good chance that you have enjoyed Lodi wines without knowing it, for a very long time. What's this about?  Next, we move on to the region of Clarksburg, California, and joining us is the Executive Director of the Clarksburg Wine Growers and Vintners Association, Tom Merwin.

This is a truly awesome region that is nestled in the Sacramento River Delta, where you can spend days, if not weeks, if not months, roaming around the area by house boat without ever seeing much of any sign of civilization  What you can do is park alongside a levy, climb up the embankment and visit a wide variety of amazing wineries that are definitely off your radar, but incredibly wonderful.

Finally, on today's show, Tony Corrallo of Trium Wines tells us how he went from becoming a wine club member to the winery owner. Also joining Tony is Jacob Colmenero of the Asante Foundation. He's the Development Officer of this organization, which puts on one of the finest wine events in America; The Oregon Wine Experience. Grape Encounters will be at the Oregon Wine Experience in late August, and you should join us there!  Learn more about this amazing event and the incredible good that it does for children with health issues in their part of the country. They are not the only ones that use wine as a way to benefit people in need, but this is certainly one of the great events that shows just how much good can be done with a bottle of wine.

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Episode #519 – A Landmark Wine Decision in the Supreme Court http://grapeencounters.com/episode-519-a-landmark-wine-decision-in-the-supreme-court/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-519-a-landmark-wine-decision-in-the-supreme-court/#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2019 15:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17712 A Landmark Wine Decision in the Supreme Court; Tennessee Wine vs Thomas Our guest today...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-519-a-landmark-wine-decision-in-the-supreme-court/feed/ 0 A Landmark Wine Decision in the Supreme Court; Tennessee Wine vs Thomas Our guest today is Tom Wark, President of Wark Communications and author of the Fermentations Blog. The Supreme Court just handed down a landmark decision when it comes to changes... Our guest today is Tom Wark, President of Wark Communications and author of the Fermentations Blog. The Supreme Court just handed down a landmark decision when it comes to changes in wine retail laws and wine shipping. It's all great news for wine consumers, but it's also very complicated and Tom does a great job of making the information more understandable to the general public.

The conversation moves on to what wine consumers really want. Tom has got some incredible insights into this particular topic and you won't want to miss what he has to say.

The conversation ends with a very important discussion on millennials.  For a long time now, the wine industry has seen this demographic group as the most important area of focus when it comes to marketing, but is that really true?  In reality, we're beginning to learn that other demographic groups are being neglected at the expense of millennials who are not quite convinced as of yet that wine is their thing.  Hear Tom's insights into this subject and more on this week's edition of Grape Encounters Radio.





















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Episode #518 – Canned Wine and Packaging Trends http://grapeencounters.com/episode-518-canned-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-518-canned-wine/#respond Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:00:31 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17676 David talks with Allan Green, Director of the International Canned Wine Competition… Allan has been...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-518-canned-wine/feed/ 0 David talks with Allan Green, Director of the International Canned Wine Competition... Allan has been in the wine business for more than 45 years. His experience includes directing and organizing the Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, International Canned Wine Competition... Allan has been in the wine business for more than 45 years. His experience includes directing and organizing the Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, which he helped start in 1979, for most of the last thirty years. He also created and hosted the California Wine Tasting Championships from 1983 through 2012. During his more than 35 years as a winemaker and grape grower he became interested in canned wine, and since 1980 has assembled a collection of more than 1,100 different wine cans.

In segment four, David talks about latest packaging trends in wine, the most popular varietals which remain, no surprise, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, though other varietals are creeping up... Listen to find out more!





















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Episode #517 – What to do if Wine Doesn’t Like You! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-517-what-to-do-if-wine-doesnt-like-you/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-517-what-to-do-if-wine-doesnt-like-you/#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:00:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17491 Wine hangovers, grape skin and sulfite allergies. There are perhaps fewer people who dislike wine...

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David’s guest on this week’s show is Dr. Felicia Stoler. Dr. Stoler has a Master of Science degree and a Double Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Science. She’s a registered dietician, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. She’s also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. And for our purposes, she’s a leading expert of the subjects of wine hangovers, wine-related allergies and, what may be the biggest culprit, histamine intolerance.

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Episode #516 – Krug Sunset Cinema http://grapeencounters.com/episode-516/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-516/#respond Sat, 08 Jun 2019 15:00:51 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17717 David talks with  Scott Black, Brand Manager of Krug Winery, about Krug Sunset Cinema events....

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Episode #515 – Latest Wine News http://grapeencounters.com/episode-515-latest-wine-news/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-515-latest-wine-news/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 15:00:42 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17724 Catching Up on the Latest Wine News There’s been a lot to talk about in...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-515-latest-wine-news/feed/ 0 Catching Up on the Latest Wine News - There's been a lot to talk about in the news in the past couple of weeks and we need to get you caught up. Grape Encounters Announcer Brentanamo joins David in the studio to banter about some of the hottest topics...
There's been a lot to talk about in the news in the past couple of weeks and we need to get you caught up. Grape Encounters Announcer Brentanamo joins David in the studio to banter about some of the hottest topics of the day, including Vladimir Putin's wine estate in Spain and the storage of his massive wine collection in Moldovan Caves.

Next up is wine competitions and wine judging, including the important things that you really need to know.

Then, the wines served in first class and even economy on airlines. It's not all bad news and you shouldn't resist the temptation to purchase a bottle or two when you're heading from Point A to Point B.

Finally, the relationship between wine and personality, it's much more significant than you think, and you'll be very surprised to learn that your personality speaks volumes about your preferences in wine. Yeah.





















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Episode #514 – Breaking Wine Rules http://grapeencounters.com/episode-514-breaking-wine-rules/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-514-breaking-wine-rules/#respond Sat, 25 May 2019 15:00:30 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17727 Why Wine Rules Were Meant to be Broken, Featuring the First US Master of Wine,...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-514-breaking-wine-rules/feed/ 0 Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator, Wine Industry Faculty, Sonoma State University - Why Wine Rules Were Meant to be Broken, Featuring the First US Master of Wine, Tim Hani - This is an encore presentation of a show that we ran a few ...
Why Wine Rules Were Meant to be Broken, Featuring the First US Master of Wine, Tim Hani

This is an encore presentation of a show that we ran a few months ago. We felt that it was important to rerun it because a number of people told us that they didn't get a chance to hear it, and Tim's comments on wine rules and how much we've got it wrong are epic. Please take a little while to listen to this show. It will change everything that you think about wine and wine pairing.

David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines throughout his career and especially recently with his maverick ideas and opinions on wine and the industry's inherent fallacies about wine tastes and wine & food pairings. Tim has a great book out, Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine. Check out this great interview full of sensory enlightenment.

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Episode #513 – Family-friendly Wineries http://grapeencounters.com/episode-513-family-friendly-wineries/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-513-family-friendly-wineries/#respond Sat, 18 May 2019 15:00:25 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17729 David talks with Nancy Light of the Wine Institute about family-friendly wineries. Nancy Light is...

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David talks with Nancy Light of the Wine Institute about family-friendly wineries. Nancy Light is Vice President of Communications for the Wine Institute, the public policy association of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible consumption and enjoyment of wine.





















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Episode #512 – Wine Trends with Wes Hagen http://grapeencounters.com/episode-512-wine-trends-with-wes-hagen/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-512-wine-trends-with-wes-hagen/#respond Sat, 11 May 2019 15:00:03 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17731 It’s never a dull moment when Wes Hagen, one of David’s best buddies in the...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-512-wine-trends-with-wes-hagen/feed/ 0 It’s never a dull moment when Wes Hagen, one of David’s best buddies in the wine business joins the conversation to talk about the real truths related to wine. In this episode, David and Wes, who is renowned in the wine business and also the winemaker ...
This is an eye-opening episode that you won’t want to miss. One of the trends that David and Wes address include the shattering of rules related to wine pairing. Even some of the world’s most renowned Somms are questioning conventional wisdom.

Also, there’s a growing affection toward Riesling that is really taking hold. When was the last time that you had one?  Another major trend is the migration of wine drinkers toward rosé wines. If you think they’re strictly sweet wines, you’ve been hanging around White Zinfandel too long. Other topics include Orange Wine, Cabernet Franc and much more!  This edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine and More.





















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Episode #511 – Stop the Wine Pretentiousness! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-511-stop-the-wine-pretentiousness/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-511-stop-the-wine-pretentiousness/#respond Sat, 04 May 2019 15:00:45 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17742 Pure Fun Plus Some Serious Ranting! David’s announcer Brentanamo (a winemaker himself) joins in on...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-511-stop-the-wine-pretentiousness/feed/ 0 Pure Fun Plus Some Serious Ranting! - David’s announcer Brentanamo (a winemaker himself) joins in on the conversation as David vents his disgust for all of the crazy names that wine critics love to give themselves.  You know,
David’s announcer Brentanamo (a winemaker himself) joins in on the conversation as David vents his disgust for all of the crazy names that wine critics love to give themselves.  You know, there’s just a whole lot of people out there calling themselves the grand guru of all things wine and that’s just the beginning. On this show, David and his announcer make a plea to wine enthusiasts to just set aside the pretentiousness and simply have a good time.

What should those of us who are enthusiastic about wine call ourselves? David and Brentanamo explore some possibilities that might just help to bring things down to earth, one of which is simply having a great time in the tasting room without getting too hung up on those sometimes-annoying tasting notes.

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Episode #510 – Keith Roberts of the Young Dubliners and Hakone Gardens http://grapeencounters.com/episode-510-keith-roberts-of-the-young-dubliners-and-hakone-gardens/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-510-keith-roberts-of-the-young-dubliners-and-hakone-gardens/#respond Sat, 27 Apr 2019 15:00:26 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17738 Wine Appreciation with an Irish and Japanese Accent Okay, so here’s a really off-the-wall episode...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-510-keith-roberts-of-the-young-dubliners-and-hakone-gardens/feed/ 0 Wine Appreciation with an Irish and Japanese Accent - Okay, so here's a really off-the-wall episode of Grape Encounters Radio. What happens when the lead singer of a leading Celtic Rock group meets up with Grape Encounters host David Wilson? Well,
Okay, so here's a really off-the-wall episode of Grape Encounters Radio. What happens when the lead singer of a leading Celtic Rock group meets up with Grape Encounters host David Wilson? Well, you'll hear the answer in episode 510 of Grape Encounters Radio.

Keith Roberts is the lead singer of the Young Dubliners, perhaps the world’s most popular group in this genre, and he has lots of insights when it comes to being on the road and enjoying America's favorite adult beverage. The first half of this show is a real hoot and you will find Keith's personality infectious.

In the second half of the show, join David at Hakone Estate and Gardens in Saratoga, California. When people come to Saratoga to enjoy this wonderful wine region, one of the places that they almost always stop is Hakone Estate and Gardens. On today's episode, David is joined by Executive Director Shozo Kagoshima. They tour the garden and talk about why it's a perfect fit with the astonishing local wine community.





















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Episode #509 – The Sacramento Wine & Food Scene http://grapeencounters.com/episode-509-the-sacramento-wine-food-scene/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-509-the-sacramento-wine-food-scene/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:00:50 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17495 Taking in the Sacramento Food and Wine Scene at Mulvaney’s and Heringer Estates… Today’s episode...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-509-the-sacramento-wine-food-scene/feed/ 0 Taking in the Sacramento Food and Wine Scene at Mulvaney’s and Heringer Estates... - Today’s episode of Grape Encounters comes to you from California’s State Capitol, Sacramento. Best known as the Golden State’s government seat,
Today’s episode of Grape Encounters comes to you from California’s State Capitol, Sacramento. Best known as the Golden State’s government seat, this northern California city is becoming equally well known as a food and wine lover’s paradise, and there’s probably no better example of delectable dining than Mulvaney’s B and L, owned and operated by its namesake, Patrick Mulvaney.

Patrick Mulvaney, Proprietor and Chef at Mulvaney's B and L in Sacramento

10 years ago Mayor Kevin Johnson suggested to Patrick that Sacramento should call itself “The Farm-to-Fork Capitol.” Initially, Patrick wasn’t in love with the suggestion. Today, however, he’s not only embraced the title but is widely considered to be the leader of a movement that has put Mulvaney’s and Sacramento in the culinary limelight. The show begins with a delightful one-on-one in Mulvaney’s wine cellar.

Mike Heringer, Winemaker at Heringer Estates in Clarksburg, CA
In the second half of the show, David heads out to the Sacramento River Delta, a massive network of rivers and slews. It's water-based recreation on steroids here. But what a lot of people don't know is that when you dock your boat and climb up the embankment, you’re likely to discover some really terrific wineries that have been fairly low-profile for a very long time. These days, however, wineries in this region are really making a name for themselves. One such place is Heringer Estate, a family farm that has been operating for several generations. Joining David is the winemaker and co-owner Mike Heringer. This is one very beautiful place, rich with history and turning out a very broad selection of wines!




















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Episode #508 – The New Book: Wine Country Table http://grapeencounters.com/episode-508-the-new-book-wine-country-table/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-508-the-new-book-wine-country-table/#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 15:00:21 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17740 If you’re into wine. one of the most important concepts and subjects of conversation is...

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Janet Fletcher is a multiple winner of the James Beard Award, and if you have any question about just how delicious her recipes are, ask David, because he sat down and enjoyed several of them at the launch of the Wine Country Table Cookbook. You can get even more information about Janet Fletcher and the Wine Institutes cookbook at www.DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com/Wine-Country-Table.





















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Episode #507 – Horseback Riding at Cooper-Gerrod Estate Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/episode-507-horseback-riding-at-cooper-gerrod-estate-vineyards/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-507-horseback-riding-at-cooper-gerrod-estate-vineyards/#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 15:00:03 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17470 David visits the Santa Cruz Mountains, starting with a horseback ride through the vineyards at...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-507-horseback-riding-at-cooper-gerrod-estate-vineyards/feed/ 0 David visits the Santa Cruz Mountains, starting with a horseback ride through the vineyards at Cooper-Gerrod Estate Vineyards and stables. Family members Doris and Bill Cooper host David as he records the show riding "Ben" and Stacy Queen the Stable Ma... Cooper-Gerrod Estate Vineyards and stables. Family members Doris and Bill Cooper host David as he records the show riding "Ben" and Stacy Queen the Stable Manager takes David through the vineyards, trotting past Cab Franc and Chardonnay grapes and California chaparral and through a bit of a cloudburst.

Next, it's on to the tasting room of this six-generation family-run farm and vineyards at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards. They have several vineyards overlooking the Santa Clara Valley and all their vineyards are certified organic, unirrigated, and the vines are naturally stressed. Looking for a fantastic and unique winetasting experience not far from the Silicon Valley - plan a visit to Cooper-Gerrod Vineyards and Farm!

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Episode #506 – Best of Oregon: Carter House Inns and Devitt Winery http://grapeencounters.com/episode-506-best-of-oregon-carter-house-inns-and-devitt-winery/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-506-best-of-oregon-carter-house-inns-and-devitt-winery/#respond Sat, 30 Mar 2019 15:00:06 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=17460 A best-of reprise from our Southern Oregon Mighway RV adventure, we stop in Eureka, CA...

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A best-of reprise from our Southern Oregon Mighway RV adventure, we stop in Eureka, CA at the Carter House Inns, where their Restaurant 301 has one of the best wine lists in the world, with over 3,800 selections and has been a proud recipient of the Wine Spectator’s most prestigious honor, the Grand Award, every year since 1988. Note, proprietor Mark Carter has won over seven perfect 100 pt scores from Robert Parker. We spent the night in a lovely and luxurious room, complete with hot tub and views of Eureka’s victorian skyline. David speaks with General Manager Daniel Dagorret and gets to explore their “cellar” and hold a bottle of a $20,000 bottle of wine. Find out more about staying and dining there here.

Next, David talks with Brendon Butler and Sue Devitt of Devitt Winery near Jacksonville, OR. They were our Harvest Hosts for the night, and they have a charming small wine-making operation with an interesting story.





















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Episode #505 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Dancin and Cameron Hughes http://grapeencounters.com/episode-505-the-oregon-wine-experience-dancin-and-cameron-hughes/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-505-the-oregon-wine-experience-dancin-and-cameron-hughes/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=16662 Host David Wilson talks with Floyd Harmon,the Executive Director of the Asante Foundation, discussing the...

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Host David Wilson talks with Floyd Harmon,the Executive Director of the Asante Foundation, discussing the Oregon Wine Experience, an event that showcases wines from all over the state that raises money to benefit Kid’s Health through Asante’s affiliation as a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Joining David and Floyd is Dan Marca of DANCIN Vineyards in Medford, Oregon, helping to explain what a "barrel auction" is, and what opportunities are available for people to experience Oregon Wines. Dan is the proprietor along with with his wife Cindy, of a meticulous and lovely tasting room experience in Medford, Oregon. Their tasting room boasts a full kitchen and pizza oven that perfectly complements their award-winning wines. It’s a lovely spot, and a must-visit stop on your Southern Orgeon travels! Find out more about Dancin Vineyard here.

The Oregon Wine Experience, is a multi-day event featuring the full breadth and depth of Oregon wines, amazing culinary creations and everything that makes Oregon unique. The 2019 event is August 19-25, 2019, in lovely Jacksonville, Oregon.

Last year they had record breaking representation from across the state with more than 100 Oregon wineries participating, providing the perfect opportunity for guests to take in the vastness of our state’s excellent wine. In 2018, Oregon Wine Experience® raised more than $1.3 Million and 100% of those proceeds went to Children’s Miracle Network and other Asante healthcare programs. Find out more here.

Next, David has on Cameron Hughes, winemaker and proprietor of Cameron Hughes Wines, extraordinary wines at very reasonable prices. Find out more about Cameron's wines here.

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Episode #503 – Wes Hagen http://grapeencounters.com/episode-503-wes-hagen/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-503-wes-hagen/#respond Sat, 09 Mar 2019 16:00:48 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=13065 David hosts longtime friend and wine expert, Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador at J....

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Episode #502 – Tom Rodrigues: Pinot, Prizes, Pigs and Packaging http://grapeencounters.com/episode-502-tom-rodrigues-pinot-prizes-pigs-and-packaging/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-502-tom-rodrigues-pinot-prizes-pigs-and-packaging/#respond Sat, 02 Mar 2019 16:00:19 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=13059 David hosts Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and renowned artist, founder of Artevino wines and Maple Creek...

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David hosts Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and renowned artist, founder of Artevino wines and Maple Creek Winery. Maple Creek Ranch and Winery was established in the spring of 2001. Tom, an artist for more than four decades, decided to leave his hectic Marin County life and settle in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, the premier growing region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After finding the ideal environment for growing grapes and living a healthy lifestyle, he purchased the ranch, vineyard and winery. From there, he hired Kerry Damskey, a consulting winemaker, to mentor him in his winemaking techniques, making French style wine while using California fruit. Artevino was born.
Tom’s art adorns the labels of Artevino with a different painting on each varietal from his”Vineyard Series.” His art may also be seen on some of the most notable industry, Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel, Dolce, EnRoute, Gemstone and Manzanita Creek, just to name a few.





















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Episode #501 – Tim Hanni, Master of Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-501-tim-hanni-master-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-501-tim-hanni-master-wine/#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 16:00:30 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12561 David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines...

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David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines throughout his career and especially recently with his maverick ideas and opinions on wine and the industry's inherent fallacies about wine tastes and wine & food pairings. Tim has a great book out, Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine. Check out this great interview full of sensory enlightenment.

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Episode #500 – Anniversary Show with Keith Saarloos and Dave Van Dyke http://grapeencounters.com/episode-500-anniversary-show-with-keith-saarloos-and-dave-van-dyke/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-500-anniversary-show-with-keith-saarloos-and-dave-van-dyke/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:00:43 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12361 Grape Encounters Radio 500th Episode! Wow, we can hardly believe it! David has on Keith...

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Keith Saarloos of Saarloos & Sons Winery

David has on Keith Saarloos of Saarloos & Sons Winery in Los Olivos, CA. Keith was on the very first episode, and many more in between, and as Grape Encounters Radio has eveolved, so has Saarloos & Sons. Next, the man who inspired David to start the show, Dave Van Dyke, a radio business icon and President at Bridge Ratings Media Research. Hear how some tequila on a New Years Eve was the start of it all.

Dave Van Dyke, President of Bridge Ratings Media Research

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Episode #499 – Michael Mondavi http://grapeencounters.com/episode-499-michael-mondavi/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-499-michael-mondavi/#respond Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12112 This may be the single most mesmerizing episode of Grape Encounters Radio ever, and we...

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Episode #498 – Brittany Hahn of Houssels Hahn http://grapeencounters.com/episode-498-brittany-hahn-of-houssels-hahn/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-498-brittany-hahn-of-houssels-hahn/#respond Sat, 02 Feb 2019 16:00:58 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12107 David talks with Brittany Hahn of San Diego, about wine cellars, wine collecting and all...

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Episode #497 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Abacela Winery and Dancin Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/episode-497-the-oregon-wine-experience-abacela-winery-and-dancin-vineyards/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-497-the-oregon-wine-experience-abacela-winery-and-dancin-vineyards/#respond Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:00:20 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12098 David talks with Sarahanne Driggs, Event Coordinator & Marketing Director of The Oregon Wine Experience,...

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Last year they had record breaking representation from across the state with more than 100 Oregon wineries participating, providing the perfect opportunity for guests to take in the vastness of our state’s excellent wine. In 2018, Oregon Wine Experience® raised more than $1.3 Million and 100% of those proceeds went to Children’s Miracle Network and other Asante healthcare programs. Find out more here.

David with Hilda Jones of Abacela Winery

Abacela Winery
Next, from a visit on our Oregon Grape Encounters Mighway WineChaser Tour, David talks with Hilda Jones of Abacela Vineyards and Winery in Roseburg, Oregon. Abacela is a world-class, multi-award winning winery and viticulture success story. But in 1995 when founders Earl and Hilda Jones planted its first vines they had no way of knowing what the outcome would be. They were scientists with zero winemaking experience who left secure careers and trekked 2700 miles west, kids in tow, to test a hypothesis.

Abacela was an experiment they hoped would answer a question that had puzzled them for years: Why doesn't America produce any fine varietal Tempranillo wine? Earl and Hilda probably weren't the first enophiles to wonder why the great grape of Spain's famous Rioja wines was mysteriously absent from American fine wine. However they were the first to approach the question with scientific rigor, form a hypothesis, then devote their lives to testing it. This is the story of how one ordinary family's curiosity and determination transformed their lives, built one of Oregon's best-loved wineries and influenced winegrowing not only in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest but across America. Learn more about Abacela's award-winning wines here, and plan a visit to beautiful Southern Orgeon wine country!

Dancin Vineyards
Finally, a stop at Dancin Vineyard (2017 Oregon Winery of the Year) and an interview with Dan Marca, proprietor along with with his wife Cindy, of a meticulous and lovely tasting room experience in Medford, Oregon. During our visit we were treated to many culinary creations, their tasting room boasts a full kitchen and pizza oven that perfectly complements their award-winning wines. It's a lovely spot, and a must-visit stop on your Southern Orgeon travels! Find out more about Dancin Vineyard here.

 





















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Episode #496 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre http://grapeencounters.com/episode-496-winemaker-adam-lazarre/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-496-winemaker-adam-lazarre/#respond Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:00:50 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12089 David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the...

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David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife Angie have been making their own wines for many years under the name LaZarre Wines.
The brand was started in 2003 primarily as a high-end, single-vineyard Pinot Noir project and has grown to include such varietals as Merlot, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin Gris, and Chardonnay.
Through many of their contacts developed over the decades working for various wine companies, Adam and Angie have created relationships with a number of great growers on the Central Coast of California from which they source their fruit. These vineyards range from Pine Canyon deep in the hills of western Monterey County down to the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County. In between are Paso Robles and Edna Valley, two other sources of grapes for the portfolio.These wines are limited in their production and are really the best offerings the LaZarres can deliver in any particular vintage. They are completely committed to providing the very best possible wines at any price and will continue to do so until they depart the earth. After all, wine is a gift from God and should be enjoyed responsibly or at least naked…







 

 





















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Episode #495 – Catena Zapata and Kathleen Bershad, Author http://grapeencounters.com/episode-495-catena-zapata-and-kathleen-bershad-author/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-495-catena-zapata-and-kathleen-bershad-author/#respond Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12080 David talks about Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and...

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It all began with the label. "For most wineries, labels are just marketing tools designed to quickly catch the eye from a store shelf," says Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director of Argentina's Catena Zapata. "But we had a different idea: Why not create a label that delves deeper and dramatizes the incredible cultural story behind Malbec's migration from Europe to the Americas?"

The result was so compelling that on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, the Drinks Business Awards presented first place to the new label in their Best Design & Packaging for Wine category. The international panel of judges assembled by the U.K.-based wine and spirits publication recognized the label's combination of innovation, depth, and visual impact at a ceremony held at the London Wine Fair.

It took more than a year to create that original artwork for the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2015, a collectible release that makes its U.S. debut in May and tells the story of the grape through four allegorical female figures. The label artwork also inspired Dr. Catena to create a four-act play with her brother-in-law, playwright Gustavo Ballejo. In the performance, Dr. Catena herself brings the four figures from the label to life. The theatrical piece debuted May 7 to an audience of trade and media at Balvanera, an Argentine restaurant in New York's Lower East Side. A second performance occurred during the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival on May 18 with others scheduled throughout the year at events around the world. Then, four days later on May 22, the label won the Drinks Business Award.






Dr. Catena said of the honor: "The Malbec Argentino label tells the story of humanity, of women, of migration, and of natural disasters; this award is an acknowledgment of wine as a historical beverage."

For her performance, Dr. Catena fleshed out the roles of all four of the characters depicted on the label: Eleanor of Aquitaine, the 12th century monarch and Malbec's first champion; the character "Madame Phylloxera," representing the voracious female aphid that was the scourge of Bordeaux in the 1850s; the Italian immigrant Ana Mosceta, who is Catena's own great-grandmother and represents those who brought the first Malbec cuttings to the Americas; and finally Adrianna Catena, who was at the side of her father, Nicolás Catena, as he established the grape variety as a treasure of the New World.

The original label drawing is by the Connecticut-based artist Rick Shaefer, who is known for large-scale works rendered in charcoal that combine the sublime with the macabre. Working with the Catena sisters and with Stranger & Stranger, a wine-focused packaging and design firm, Shaefer created finely detailed drawings that bring to mind Rembrandt's late-Gothic etchings. The label design of the Malbec Argentino 2015—a premium, 100-percent Malbec release crafted from two of the family's high altitude vineyards in Mendoza—is dense and layered, and is a radical departure from images used by Catena Zapata in the past. It is also the first time that the historical arc of a grape variety has been so graphically integrated into a wine label.

The grapes in the wine come from two hand-harvested, high altitude vineyards in the Valle del Uco: Angelica at 3,018 feet and Nicasia at 3,593 feet. Low yields and 24 months of aging in French barriques result in a full-bodied, intense and deeply hued wine that drinks well upon release but will also reward cellaring for another 10 to 20 years.

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Episode #494 – Quality Wine Barrels http://grapeencounters.com/episode-494-quality-wine-barrels/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-494-quality-wine-barrels/#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 16:00:36 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12078 David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo...

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While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart from calling local wineries to check for culled barrels, Roger decided to create something new in the wine industry: a used wine barrel exchange. Over the years they expanded on this concept to offer good quality re-fillable barrels as well as racks to wineries, breweries and distilleries across the United States as well as other countries.

Their barrel recycling program has grown in recent years to include barrels that are no longer suitable for re-fill. These retired barrels are given new life in the hands of furniture makers, Pinterest hobbyists, and to weekend gardeners as well as nurseries for use as planters. Find out more at their website!

Next, David talks orange wine with Mike Kirkpatrick, co-winemaker along with his son David, of Ruby Cellars wines, based in Atascadero, CA. Orange wine is growing in availability, and is made by leaving white grape juice with its skins to extract flavor, color and tannins. Ruby Cellars’ Orange Viognier is an award-winning wine, very different from their regular Viognier. Find out more about this unique wine and terrific winemaker family here.





















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Episode #493 – The Grounded Wine Company http://grapeencounters.com/episode-493-the-grounded-wine-company/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-493-the-grounded-wine-company/#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:00:01 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=10614 David talks with Josh Phelps of the Grounded Wine Company in Paso Robles, makes of...

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David talks with Josh Phelps of the Grounded Wine Company in Paso Robles, makes of the new wine "Public Radio." Grounded Wine Co. is the personal brand of Napa native Josh Phelps, built to reflect his experience growing up in wine country, and his relationships in the wine community. A grassroots, all-American, wine label, the wines feature grapes from trusted, sustainable vineyards in California and Washington and showcase what it means to be a winemaker today.

Josh's roots run deep, raised in a winemaking family, he was exposed to the industry from a young age. He continued to build his knowledge of the business through college, selling wine, working harvests, and creating wine for friends with his father, Chris Phelps. With GWCo., Josh hopes to build on this legacy and make his own splash in the wine world while exposing wine drinkers of his own generation to his hometown in wine country. Working with trusted farmers and childhood friends, his company reflects his deep understanding of wine, one that can only be developed growing up around the vines. Find out more about GWCo here: https://www.groundedwineco.com/

David closes with a story about a young woman he met, fallen on hard times, with an appreciation of art & culture, who fell in love with the Artevino wine bottle label. Her story makes us appreciate our good fortune in living a life filled with good health, family and friends and good wine and food. Wishing you all a very grateful and Happy New Year!





















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Episode #492 – Conversation Marketing with Kevin Lund http://grapeencounters.com/episode-492-conversation-marketing-with-kevin-lund/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-492-conversation-marketing-with-kevin-lund/#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:00:25 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12069 David talks with Kevin Lund, author of the book Conversation Marketing, How to Be Relevant...

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David talks with Kevin Lund, author of the book Conversation Marketing, How to Be Relevant and Engage Your Customer by Talking Human, about the language of wine marketing and selling directly to consumers.

Each of us sees more than 5,000 marketing messages every day. In such a crowded marketplace, brands are scrambling to find new ways to cut through the clutter to reach consumers. With such intense competition, it's critical to stand apart beyond service and price. With the complexities of wine, customers may be more confused than ever, and it's so important to give real information, not a hard sell of fancy tasting note references and hyperbole.

Conversation Marketing will help you connect your brands, not just to the minds of your consumers, but to their hearts. Slick slogans and catchy ads may still work in some instances, but today's discerning consumers demand more. They want information and a reason to connect with a brand before they act. They want a conversation.

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Episode #491 – Mighway Adventure continues to Carter House Inn and Devitt Winery http://grapeencounters.com/episode-491-mighway-adventure-continues-eureka-jacksonville/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-491-mighway-adventure-continues-eureka-jacksonville/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:00:29 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=10815 In our second installment of our 4-part Northern CA and Southern Oregon Mighway RV adventure,...

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Next, David talks with Brendon Butler and Sue DeVitt of DeVitt Winery near Jacksonville, OR. They were our Harvest Hosts for the night, and they have a charming small wine-making operation with an interesting story.





















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Episode #490 – Mighway, Thousand Trails Camping and Sonoma County http://grapeencounters.com/episode-490-mighway-thousand-trails-camping-and-sonoma-county/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-490-mighway-thousand-trails-camping-and-sonoma-county/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 16:00:09 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=10625 We begin our Northern CA/Oregon RV adventure… picking up our Mighway RV in Oakland, CA,...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-490-mighway-thousand-trails-camping-and-sonoma-county/feed/ 0 We begin our Northern CA/Oregon RV adventure... picking up our Mighway RV in Oakland, CA, heading up north to Cloverdale in Sonoma and the Thousand Trails Russian River RV Resort! David talks with Mitch Craighead, Regional Manager, Mighway RV in Oakland, CA, heading up north to Cloverdale in Sonoma and the Thousand Trails Russian River RV Resort! David talks with Mitch Craighead, Regional Manager, about the Thousand Trails camping concept that lets people subscribe to different regions (including many wine countries), a truly great way to experience wine country and America in general! We LOVED our stay here in the Grape Encounters Mighway WineChaser RV, right next to the Russian River!

Next, David interviews Birgitt ("Biggi") M. Vaughan, Public Relations Manager of Sonoma County Tourism, about the many fabulous travel experiences available in Sonoma. From wineries to outdoor recreation to culinary experiences like the CA Cheese Trail & other artisanal farms, to the stunning coastline, there is truly something for everyone. Find out more about Sonoma County here.

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Episode #489 – Harvest Hosts and Mighway RV Adventures http://grapeencounters.com/episode-489-harvest-hosts-and-mighway-rv-adventures/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-489-harvest-hosts-and-mighway-rv-adventures/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 16:00:57 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=10838 David talks with Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts, an agency that coordinates wineries with...

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Episode #488 – Quality Wine Barrels http://grapeencounters.com/episode-488-quality-wine-barrels/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-488-quality-wine-barrels/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 16:00:58 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12115 David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo...

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While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart from calling local wineries to check for culled barrels, Roger decided to create something new in the wine industry: a used wine barrel exchange. Over the years they expanded on this concept to offer good quality re-fillable barrels as well as racks to wineries, breweries and distilleries across the United States as well as other countries.

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Next, David talks orange wine with Mike Kirkpatrick, co-winemaker along with his son David, of Ruby Cellars wines, based in Atascadero, CA. Orange wine is growing in availability, and is made by leaving white grape juice with its skins to extract flavor, color and tannins. Ruby Cellars’ Orange Viognier is an award-winning wine, very different from their regular Viognier. Find out more about this unique wine and terrific winemaker family here.





















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Episode #487 – U.S. Wine Commerce, and Cannabis & Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-487-u-s-wine-commerce-and-cannabis-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-487-u-s-wine-commerce-and-cannabis-wine/#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:00:56 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12118 David talks with Tom Wark, Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, and...

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David talks with Tom Wark, Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, and author of the Fermentation blog, about the challenges of wine buying and shipping in the U.S., due to states' laws. Tom explains this complicated issue in an easy-to-understand way, but you should also check out his award-winning blog!

To stay up to date on wine laws, and ways to take action, check out: https://www.winefreedom.org/

Tom and David also get into our culture's current trend to link wine and cannabis enjoyment, and industries, and the perils of that.

The episode finishes up with an interview with The Naked Waiters, Clark, Andy and Kim, a trio from Utah who play ukeleles and do some great covers and also original music. Check out their version of Havana in the final segment!





















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Episode #486 – Thanksgiving http://grapeencounters.com/episode-486-thanksgiving/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-486-thanksgiving/#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 16:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12122 David on all things Thanksgiving! Turkey methods, the all-important stuffing issue, and our friend Angel,...

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Episode #485 – The Anniversary of the Tubbs Fire and Sustainability http://grapeencounters.com/episode-485-the-anniversary-of-the-tubbs-fire-and-sustainability/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-485-the-anniversary-of-the-tubbs-fire-and-sustainability/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:00:12 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12129 On the anniversary of the devastating Tubbs Fire in Sonoma, David hosts Micheal O’Shea, co-owner...

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“Wine Lover’s Remorse” Be Gone! http://grapeencounters.com/wine-lovers-remorse-be-gone/ http://grapeencounters.com/wine-lovers-remorse-be-gone/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:01:16 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6697 I’d like to share with you 8 things that have the potential to significantly improve...

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Yes! It’s OK to Tinker with Your Wine! http://grapeencounters.com/yes-tinker-with-your-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/yes-tinker-with-your-wine/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:59:49 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6694 By David Wilson Nearly two decades ago, I had a life-changing wine experience. I was...

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Episode #475 – California Wine Month http://grapeencounters.com/episode-475-california-wine-month/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-475-california-wine-month/#respond Sat, 25 Aug 2018 15:00:11 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6625 David talks about California Wine Month, and just about everything else under the sun, with...

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Brown is known for having created illustrated tasting notes, which have been described by @KermitLynchWine as “a new standard in wine reviews.” Since, such illustrated tasting notes have become a creative new alternative for beer and spirits as well. Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews has been rated among the world’s leading wine blogs recommended by the highest-caliber wine & food media venues. Find out more about CA Wine M0nth happenings at http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth/

Dave Simmons, COO of Mighway

Next, David talks with David Simmons of Mighway.com. Mighway is a peer-to-peer platform that connects motorhome and campervan owners with guests. Rent directly from private owners with nationwide availability and shorter rental periods and let the journey unfold, with Mighway! Available in the U.S. and New Zealand. It's the perfect way to explore any wine country! Find out more at https://www.mighway.com/





















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Episode #474 – Winesong Artist of the Year, Tom Rodrigues http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-474-tomrodriguez/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-474-tomrodriguez/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:00:14 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6622 David talks wine, art, baseball and more with artist and winemaker Tom Rodrigues of Artevino...

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Winesong is the premiere annual charity auction & wine + food tasting on the Mendocino Coast & is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Proceeds are used to enhance equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Since 1985 Winesong has raised over $7.5 million for improvements in local healthcare, and David has proclaimed Winesong his very favorite food and wine event. This spectacular event takes place at the stunning Mendocino Botanical Gardens on the Coast of California, September 7 & 8, 2018.

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Episode #472 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre http://grapeencounters.com/episode-472-winemaker-adam-lazarre/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-472-winemaker-adam-lazarre/#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 15:00:52 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=12095 David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the...

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David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife Angie have been making their own wines for many years under the name LaZarre Wines.
The brand was started in 2003 primarily as a high-end, single-vineyard Pinot Noir project and has grown to include such varietals as Merlot, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin Gris, and Chardonnay.
Through many of their contacts developed over the decades working for various wine companies, Adam and Angie have created relationships with a number of great growers on the Central Coast of California from which they source their fruit. These vineyards range from Pine Canyon deep in the hills of western Monterey County down to the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County. In between are Paso Robles and Edna Valley, two other sources of grapes for the portfolio.These wines are limited in their production and are really the best offerings the LaZarres can deliver in any particular vintage. They are completely committed to providing the very best possible wines at any price and will continue to do so until they depart the earth. After all, wine is a gift from God and should be enjoyed responsibly or at least naked…




















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Episode #470 – What’s Hot in Wine and Wine Events, including WineSong http://grapeencounters.com/episode-470-whats-hot-in-wine-and-wine-events-including-winesong/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-470-whats-hot-in-wine-and-wine-events-including-winesong/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:00:19 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6635 David chats with friend Chris Longo of Jensen’s Market about what’s new and changing in...

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Jamie Peters of Winesong

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Episode #469 – Sean Taylor, Creator of RateMyWinemaker.com http://grapeencounters.com/episode-469-sean-taylor-creator-of-ratemywinemaker-com/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-469-sean-taylor-creator-of-ratemywinemaker-com/#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6615 David talks with Sean Taylor, creator of a new business, RateMyWinemaker.com, an anonymous forum for...

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David talks with Sean Taylor, creator of a new business, RateMyWinemaker.com, an anonymous forum for wine industry workers to anonymously rate their winemakers and harvest experiences. This is a site that will help any aspiring winemaker or wine worker to check out winery jobs around the world! Listen and learn more, and visit: http://ratemywinemaker.com/





















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Episode #468 – Wente Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/episode-468-wente-vineyards/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-468-wente-vineyards/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2018 15:00:58 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6612 David visits the Wente Vineyard in Livermore, CA, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery,...

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Episode #467 – Bottleshake http://grapeencounters.com/episode-467-bottle-shake/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-467-bottle-shake/#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:00:32 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6604 David talks with Winston Tam of Bottleshake, an innovative app that helps bring professionals together...

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Episode #466 – All About Italian Wines with Francesco Cremonini http://grapeencounters.com/episode-466-italian-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-466-italian-wines/#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:00:54 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6600 David talks with Francesco Cremonini with Tuttovino Wines, all about Italian Wines. Francesco gives a...

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Episode #465 – Somm Camp http://grapeencounters.com/episode-465-somm-camp/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-465-somm-camp/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:00:48 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6598 David gets a visit from Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier to the Stars, and two Sommeliers attending...

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Episode #464 – Boutique Wine Sampler http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-464-boutique-wine-sampler/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-464-boutique-wine-sampler/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6584 David talks with Bob Sweeney of The Boutique Wine Sampler, a curated collection of six...

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David talks with Bob Sweeney of The Boutique Wine Sampler, a curated collection of six 375 ml bottles, which showcases the best small-production and highly sought after artisan wines from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, California. Each winery featured in the collection has consistently earned scores of 90+. Boutique Wine Sampler boxes will be at select Northern and Southern California Costco stores, El Rancho Market and California Fresh Markets in mid-November 2017.





The Boutique Wine Sampler is the brainchild of the Boutique Wine Club, whose mission is to solve the dilemma of access to small production, hand-crafted wines. Boutique Wine Club curates these ultra-premium wines from California’s Central Coast and delivers them in quarterly club shipments to members who desire wines traditionally available only at the wineries.  Boutique Wine Partners, whose co-founders include Tim Jones and Bob Sweeney, is based in Solvang, California. For more information visit BoutiqueWineBox.com.

























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Episode #463 – Quality Wine Barrels http://grapeencounters.com/episode-463-quality-wine-barrels/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-463-quality-wine-barrels/#respond Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6485 David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo...

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While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart from calling local wineries to check for culled barrels, Roger decided to create something new in the wine industry: a used wine barrel exchange. Over the years they expanded on this concept to offer good quality re-fillable barrels as well as racks to wineries, breweries and distilleries across the United States as well as other countries.

Their barrel recycling program has grown in recent years to include barrels that are no longer suitable for re-fill. These retired barrels are given new life in the hands of furniture makers, Pinterest hobbyists, and to weekend gardeners as well as nurseries for use as planters. Find out more at their website!

Next, David talks orange wine with Mike Kirkpatrick, co-winemaker along with his son David, of Ruby Cellars wines, based in Atascadero, CA. Orange wine is growing in availability, and is made by leaving white grape juice with its skins to extract flavor, color and tannins. Ruby Cellars' Orange Viognier is an award-winning wine, very different from their regular Viognier. Find out more about this unique wine and terrific winemaker family here.

 





















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Episode #462 – Vino Argentino and The Wine Lover’s Apprentice http://grapeencounters.com/episode-462-vino-argentino-and-the-wine-lovers-apprentice/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-462-vino-argentino-and-the-wine-lovers-apprentice/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 15:00:36 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6487 David talks about a book written by Laura Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker in the Uco...

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Dr. Catena is also acting in a 4-act play based on the striking artwork created for the Catena Zapata wines (which won the 2018 Drinks Business Award for Best Design & Packaging), Dr. Catena was inspired to create an original theatrical production exploring the global history of the Malbec grape.

It all began with the label. "For most wineries, labels are just marketing tools designed to quickly catch the eye from a store shelf," says Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director of Argentina's Catena Zapata. "But we had a different idea: Why not create a label that delves deeper and dramatizes the incredible cultural story behind Malbec's migration from Europe to the Americas?" Dr. Catena said of the honor: "The Malbec Argentino label tells the story of humanity, of women, of migration, and of natural disasters; this award is an acknowledgment of wine as a historical beverage." Learn more about the project here.

Next, David talks with Kathleen Bershad, author of the new book, The Wine Lover's Apprentice: Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles. In The Wine Lover's Apprentice, Bershad acknowledges the importance of tossing out the rules about wine and taking a relaxed approach to storing and serving everyday bottles.

Readers will learn tricks of the trade and strategies for navigating the shelves of a retail store or ordering wine at a restaurant. The Wine Lover's Apprentice delves into the nitty-gritty details of winemaking and takes a look at the world’s major wine regions. Written in short bites, readers will easily gain a quick understanding of an area’s major grapes, the style or styles of wine, and the appellations that offer the best quality wine (or the best value). The Wine Lover's Apprentice unravels the terms you see when reading a wine review, looking at a bottle, or listening to a wine geek talk vino. By the end of this helpful guide, readers will become empowered to know what’s in a bottle, be able to make an educated guess about its flavors, and help change the culture to make drinking wine what it should be―relaxing and fun. You can find the book here.










http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6482 David talks with MIKE DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys,...

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Episode #460 – Experience Rosé! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-460-experience-rose/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-460-experience-rose/#respond Sat, 12 May 2018 15:00:15 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6471 Host David Wilson talks with Craig Palmer, co-founder along with Allen Habel, of “Experience Rosé,” a...

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Host David Wilson talks with Craig Palmer, co-founder along with Allen Habel, of "Experience Rosé," a competition devoted exclusively to rosé. Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long. Foodie to newbie. Wine maker to chef. Sponsor to volunteer. Because every day pairs better with Rosé. Fill your glass with us. We promise you a fulfilling experience that will be personal, passionate and perfect.

The winners of this competition have just been posted, and will be featured at their upcoming event, The Great Rosé Pairing: a curated and immersive experience in the breathtaking outdoor setting of the amphitheater at Napa’s heralded center of all things wine and food: The CIA at Copia. We pair our award-winning wines from Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition with gourmet cuisine created, prepared and presented by teams of emerging star chef students from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone, led by Chef Lars Kronmark. New this year -- sample surprising Rosé cocktails and refreshers prepared by the CIA’s gifted beverage students. And in between, don’t miss XR Talks, presentations and demonstrations given by top-tier winemakers, tastemakers and influencers.

The Rohn family, listeners from Chattanooga

Next, some Grape Encounters listeners all the way from Chattanooga, Tennessee visit the Grape Encounters Wine Shop and Studio in Atascadero, and in addition to sampling some wines, the delightful family of Steve, Theresa and Megan Rohn visit David in the studio to talk about their Central Coast wine tasting trip.





















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Episode #459 – Breaking the Myth about Mixing Wine & Spirits http://grapeencounters.com/episode-459-breaking-the-myth-about-mixing-wine-spirits/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-459-breaking-the-myth-about-mixing-wine-spirits/#respond Sat, 05 May 2018 15:00:30 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6454 Taking Wine into the Spirit World Host David Wilson talks creativity with wine with Aaron...

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Episode #458 – Peake Ranch preview http://grapeencounters.com/episode-458-peake-ranch/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-458-peake-ranch/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 15:00:13 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6431 This week, first David delves into how the real price of a bottle of wine...

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Peake Ranch winery and tasting room will be opening this summer!

Next, in an uncanny story of how life comes full circle, David visits with one of his oldest friends, John Wagner of the new Peake Ranch winery. Having gone to first grade togther, David and John both had entirely different careers through their adult life, but both are now connected through the wine industry. John is in the process of building the brand new Peake Ranch winemaking facility and tasting room on the original Richard Sanford property in Buellton, CA (in the Santa Ynez wine region, and featured in the movie Sideways). He's been making wine from Santa Maria fruit for a few years and is making some very tasty wines! We look forward to their grand opening later this year! For more information, please visit their website.

Last, our first ever listener call-in from the great state of Kansas, regarding why are there very few wine choices in his state. Listen to find out more!





















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Episode #457 – Wente Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-457/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-457/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:00:16 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6412 David visits the Wente Vineyard in Livermore, CA, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery,...

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Episode #456 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre and Chef William Carter http://grapeencounters.com/episode-456-winemaker-adam-lazarre-and-chef-william-carter/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-456-winemaker-adam-lazarre-and-chef-william-carter/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:00:32 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6404 Uncommon wine knowledge… There are no stupid questions when it comes to wine. The thing...

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There are no stupid questions when it comes to wine. The thing is, the questions most people are asking may not give you the knowledge you really need when it comes to wine. That’s why we invited world-renowned winemaker Adam LaZarre into the studio to tackle a few questions that we think will give you a little better wine knowledge. Plus, you’ll be the hit of the next social gathering.

Adam LaZarre may be one of the most unpretentious wine experts you’ll ever meet. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you say WOW. He’ll even make you think about getting into the wine business! Well, two out of three ain’t bad! You can find Adam's wines at the Grape Encounters Empourium or by ordering them here.

Chef William Carter and his wife/partner Katherine Bloxsom-Carter, of The Canyon Villa

Also on this week’s show is William Carter, former Executive Chef at the Playboy Mansion for 28 years. Now William and his wife Katherine have their own project, cooking and hosting the ultimate getaway in Paso Robles, CA, The Canyon Villa is winning top honors in some of America’s most prestigious Bed and Breakfast competitions. Learn why by listening here or check out photos of this gorgeous place at their website!





















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Episode #455 – Hunt Cellars Winery and Santa Barbara Vinters Festival http://grapeencounters.com/episode-455-hunt-cellars-winery-santa-barbara-vinters-festival/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-455-hunt-cellars-winery-santa-barbara-vinters-festival/#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 15:00:38 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6377 David talks with David Hunt of Hunt Cellars, a winemaker, author, musician, lyracist and inventor....

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David talks with David Hunt of Hunt Cellars, a winemaker, author, musician, lyracist and inventor. David lost his sight in his forties, and it hasn't stopped him from making the most of each and every day. David (Hunt) believes that his "inner vision that can see a God-made world, not a man-made world." David shares his story and philosophy of his journey. By the way, Hunt Cellars recently had five of their wines (all at that they submitted) score over 90 points by Robert Parker/Wine Advocate. Watch a video of David Hunt here and learn more about Hunt Cellars Winery here.

Alison Laslett, CEO of Santa Barbara Vintners

Next David talks with Allison Laslett, CEO of the Santa Barbara Vinters, who puts on one of the oldest wine festivals in CA, the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival which happens every spring. The upcoming event will be April 21, 2018, and info can be found here.























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Episode #454 – Wine Branding and the Wine Judging Experience http://grapeencounters.com/episode-454-wine-branding-wine-judging-experience/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-454-wine-branding-wine-judging-experience/#respond Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:00:25 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6366 David talks aspects of the importance of wine branding and marketing, and the experience of...

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Episode #453 – Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval http://grapeencounters.com/episode-453-chateau-la-france-and-chateau-leroy-beauval/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-453-chateau-la-france-and-chateau-leroy-beauval/#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:00:21 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6363 Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la...

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Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la France, a beautiful chateau with vineyards, a bed & breakfast and a 20-meter stainless steel rooster who watches over the grapes.

An estate of great name since the XVIIth century, Château La France is one of the largest estates in the Bordeaux region, boasting 90 hectares (222 acres) in a single block. 68 hectares of the 78 under production are classified AOC Bordeaux Supérieur rouge (red) and the remaining 10 hectares AOC Bordeaux Blanc Sec (dry white).

Chateau la France

Its rolling vineyards lie all round giving beautiful views and sense of privacy. The property is open for visits throughout the year and are free with wine aroma workshops included. What is unique is that you can rent the château in its entirety with private swimming pool (12 people for around 3000€ per week). Your own keys to your own château! Owner Bruno Mottet admits that his reason for developing wine tourism is to help build customer loyalty for his wines rather than to particularly create revenue.

Sophie Blot, Sales Director at Chateau Leroy-Beauval

Next, David chats with Sophie Blot, Sales Director at Chateau Leroy-Beauval, which has its roots in the 13th century, and has undergone a state-of-the-art renovation with the current owners, Stéphanie and Alexandre Leroy.
From this well recognized terroir there are a range of 8 wines produced, from Bordeaux red to rose, thereby including a dry white and two sparkling wines dearingly named Marquise, the owners would like to stress, this range of sparkling wines are delicately feminine who have gained a strong reputation on the French market and distinguished themselves with classicism Bordelaise.
While at Chateau Leroy-Beauval, David and his group enjoy a very special caviar tasting from the third largest producer in the world, Sturvia. It was delicious enough to make a David a caviar convert!




















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Episode #452 – Classiest US Party Cities and Sustainable Winegrowing http://grapeencounters.com/episode-452-classiest-us-party-cities-and-sustainable-winegrowing/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-452-classiest-us-party-cities-and-sustainable-winegrowing/#respond Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:00:21 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6339 David talks with Lucas Puente, Chief Economist at Thumbtack, a service that matches up consumers...

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David talks with Lucas Puente, Chief Economist at Thumbtack, a service that matches up consumers and service providers, from bartenders & event help to house painting and personal training. Thumbtack looked at which cities know how to throw the classiest parties by examining which cities are most likely to have a professional bartender at their event.

Lucas holds a PhD from Stanford, and has been the Thumbtack economist for four years and uses data to better understand the policies and economics affecting the small business marketplace. See their Thumbtack Classy Party Index list of cities here, and if you're looking to hire a bartender in your area, please click here.

Allison Jordan, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at the Wine Institute

Next up is Allison Jordan, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at the Wine Institute, as well as Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). Starting soon, consumers can expect to find a new logo on wine bottles, that indicates the producer practices certified sustainable policies.

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Episode #451 – Chris Sawyer and the World of Pinot Noir http://grapeencounters.com/episode-451-chris-sawyer-world-pinot-noir/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-451-chris-sawyer-world-pinot-noir/#respond Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:00:29 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6330 David talks with one of our most favorite somms, Christopher Sawyer, “the Sommelier to the...

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David talks with one of our most favorite somms, Christopher Sawyer, "the Sommelier to the Stars," all about The World of Pinot Noir event, and why it's ok for you to like, or not-like, different varietals... including Pinot!

 

Follow Chris's events and blog at: http://sawyersomm.com/

 

 





















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Episode #450 – You too, Can Be a Winemaker, and more on Vinome http://grapeencounters.com/episode-450-can-winemaker-vinome/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-450-can-winemaker-vinome/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 16:00:22 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6313 In a new edition of David’s “You Too, Can Be A Winemaker,” David talks with...

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In a new edition of David's "You Too, Can Be A Winemaker," David talks with Erin Faulkner of Defiance Vineyard in the Paso Robles wine region, about her family's journey into winemaking, and their methods of learning the grape-growing and winemaking industries. Their Cabernet Sauvignon really "wow'ed" David, and they have a fascinating story, still in the making... Find out more about them at: https://www.defiancevineyard.com/

As a follow-up to a previous story about Vinome, David explores getting his DNA examined to see what that says about his wine preferences... David talks with Director of Customer Experience at Vinome, Brad Johnson, about the "consumer genomics" kit that they send out for people to check out their own genetic trait preferences. Find out more at: https://www.vinome.com/

Check out David's offer/challenge to listeners to take the Vinome vs. David's 20 Questions Wine Profile Challenge - listen to find out how!





















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Episode #440 – The Sensation of Innovation: The V-Spin Aerating Decanter and a Sampler of an Entire Wine Region http://grapeencounters.com/episode-440-sensation-innovation-v-spin-aerating-decanter-sampler-entire-wine-region/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-440-sensation-innovation-v-spin-aerating-decanter-sampler-entire-wine-region/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:00:44 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6292 On this week’s Grape Encounters, meet Charn Rai, the inventor of a device that host...

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On this week’s Grape Encounters, meet Charn Rai, the inventor of a device that host David Wilson says is a “landmark innovation.” (Interview starts at 18:30 in the podcast.) This brand-new wine aeration product is a game-changer… just as the Coravin was a few years back. After putting it through its paces, David says, “It’s beautiful, mesmerizing, and destined to revolutionize conventional decanting in a matter of months.”

Charn shares the process of developing the V-Spin; a gorgeous decanter that sits on a simple stand. Inside the stand is some very innovative magnetic technology which enables the wine in the decanter to swirl silently—creating a vortex that exposes the wine to air in just a few minutes. The V-Spin does what otherwise could take hours… and you can adjust the speed and time to perfectly suit the wine varietal. Find out more at: https://vspin.us/

Bob Sweeney, co-creator of the Boutiques Wine Sampler Box

Also on the show is Bob Sweeney, co-creator along with Tim Jones, of The Boutique Wine Sampler Box, a California Central Coast entrepreneur who has come up with a new take on wine tasting. You’d think you would see this done all over the world, but frankly, it seems few have taken the time to pull the pieces together.

What Bob did was negotiate contracts with several of the top premium wine producers in the Paso Robles region of California. Six of Paso’s finest were repacked into 375ml bottles; three healthy pours in each bottle. The result is the ability to enjoy a true cross-section of what the region has to offer. Make no mistake, these are outstanding wines and David wanted to showcase this very special project to encourage other regions to show off their very best in the same way! Find out more at: https://boutiquewinebox.com/





















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Episode #444 – Wine Enthusiast Editors Share Their Top Wine Travel Destinations http://grapeencounters.com/episode-444-wine-enthusiast-editors-share-top-wine-travel-destinations/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-444-wine-enthusiast-editors-share-top-wine-travel-destinations/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:00:13 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6274 Each year, Wine Enthusiast Magazine chooses ten destinations that are all about maximum wine enjoyment and, this year, there are some very big surprises on that list.  Joining David on the show are two of Wine Enthusiast's finest; Editor Susan Kostrzewa and Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann, who covers the Central Coast and San Luis Obispo County beat.

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It's one of the issues of Wine Enthusiast Magazine that Grape Encounters host David Wilson waits for each year with greatest anticipation.   Hey, there are a lot of ways to enjoy wine, but the best way is to enjoy it in a region that is truly winecentric.   Each year, Wine Enthusiast chooses ten destinations that are all about maximum wine enjoyment and, this year, there are some very big surprises on that list.  Perhaps the biggest for David is the San Luis Obispo Coast, which is home to the Grape Encounters Radio studio.  David says, "I knew we were making the right choice when me moved the studio here four years!"

Matt Kettmann, Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Joining David on the show are two of Wine Enthusiast's finest.  First up is Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa, who's passion and charm make the conversation unforgettable.  She gives a run-down of the entire list.  Then, Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann, who covers the Central Coast and San Luis Obispo County beat, zeroes in on all the things that make David's home turf such an exceptional wine travel choice.  Don't miss David needling Matt as to why the Grape Encounters Empourium wine bar wasn't mentioned.  Okay, Matt does have a valid explantion!  It's a must-not-miss episode of Grape Encounters!

 





















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Episode #445 – How to have a great time with your wine! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-445-great-time-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-445-great-time-wine/#respond Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:00:14 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6267 Host David Wilson welcomes guest Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes; a wine entrepreneur talks about artisan wine making compared to wine as a product. Second guest, Amy Riley, an expert on aphrodisiacs, introduces her latest cookbook, Eat Cake Naked.

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Chris Kern, founder of the Forgotten GrapeFirst up, David welcomes Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes; a wine and culinary entrepreneur who has an amazing method of matching wines with their metaphorical pop-culture icon or celebrity equivalent! Chris and David get into a wine-mind expanding discussion about the difference between appreciating wine as an artisan product and wine as a beverage. Their topic of artisan wines compared to mass produced wine sets the stage for a more detailed future conversation about the various wine-buying layers of the modern wine consumer.

And for the balance of the show, just when we’ve got your grape juices flowing for wine as an art, David welcomes back a long-time show favorite, and the world’s most respected authority on culinary aphrodisiacs, Amy Riley. David and Amy light up the airwaves with an entrancing talk about the sensually stimulating intricacies of food and wine, as well as her latest cookbook, Eat Cake Naked. Did we say naked? Now you have to tune in!






















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Episode #443 – The World Wine Guys http://grapeencounters.com/episode-443-world-wine-guys/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-443-world-wine-guys/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:00:46 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6253 David talks with MIKE DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys,...

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Episode #439 – The Winemakers of Paso Robles and Atlas Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-439-the-winemakers-of-paso-robles-atlas-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-439-the-winemakers-of-paso-robles-atlas-wine/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:00:11 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6233 David talks with photographer Julia Perez who, along with legendary California wine writer Paul Hodgins,...

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David talks with photographer Julia Perez who, along with legendary California wine writer Paul Hodgins, created "The Winemakers of Paso Robles", a large format, full-color book, lovingly crafted and designed to take you beyond the cellar door, deep into the art and science of making the finest wines in the world, and celebrating the men and women who dedicate their lives in this California region to the pursuit of liquid perfection.

Limited Special Edition Gift Box with two Paso Robles wines

Julia Perez is a professional photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived and worked in every corner of the world — photographing safaris in Tanzania, mosques in Turkey, temples in Hong Kong, and war-torn ruins in Southern Spain. She has long been a great lover of wine and fascinated with winemakers. Over the past few years, she has been fortunate to have taken photos of vineyards, wineries and winemakers all over the world.

You can find the holiday gift edition of the book with two very special Paso Robles wines at: https://thewinemakersseries.com/

Alex Remy, General Manager & Winemaker of Atlas Wines

Next, David talks with maverick Alex Remy, General Manager & Winemaker of Atlas Wines, about his views on winemaking and the wine business. Atlas Wines is a Napa, CA-based producer of world-class wines. Our portfolio has grown to contain three unique brands: Agnitio, Oro Bello and Omen. These premiere wines are crafted to be consistent, approachable and ready for immediate enjoyment.
As experts from vineyard to bottle, Atlas Wines has an in-house team of professional winemakers, viticulturists and support staff. We make it a priority to provide consumers with a unique and engaging experience that consistently exceeds expectations. Learn more at: http://atlaswineco.com/




















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It wasn’t that long ago that Grape Encounters host David Wilson would cringe at the idea of putting fine wine in a can, in fact, there are many past episodes of Grape Encounters where David literally rants about the thought of doing such a vile thing. Well, sometimes it takes a respected colleague to get us to revise deep-seated beliefs. And who would imagine it would be the Winemaker of Cycles Gladiator?

On today’s show, winemaker Adam LaZarre, someone who David idolizes, presents his iconic brand, Cycles Gladiator, to David in a CAN. Adam is Head Winemaker for Wine Hooligans, a group who owns numerous artisan CA wine brands, and they now own Cycles Gladiator, for which Adam was the original winemaker that brought them success internationally. This wine brand made winemaker LaZarre famous around the world, so how would fans of the wine and the host of Grape Encounters react to such a daring and potentially blasphemous move? Well, I guess you’ll have to listen to get that answer! You can find out more at: cyclesgladiator.com or winehooligans.com.

Kimberly Charles, Principal of Charles Communications Associates

Plus, a chat with Kimberly Charles, of Charles Communications Associates, an independent creative marketing firm that employs traditional public relations and new media strategies to assist companies, organizations and non-profits in the creation, development and marketing of interesting and compelling brands. Kimberly was featured on Grape Encounters several weeks ago talking about the efforts for fire relief that she spearheaded to help out the victims of the Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino fires. Kimberly jumped into action after the start of the fires, and has raised over $54,000 in 14 days for aid for those affected by the fires. Find out more and donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/fire-relief-napa-sonoma-counties.





















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Episode #437 – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list http://grapeencounters.com/episode-437-wine-spectators-top-100-wines-list/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-437-wine-spectators-top-100-wines-list/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:00:47 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6214 This is host David Wilson’s favorite time of the ear because it’s when the top...

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Episode #434 – Holiday Wine and Boxxle: Premium Bag-In-Box Wine Dispenser http://grapeencounters.com/episode-434-holiday-wine-boxxle/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-434-holiday-wine-boxxle/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:00:25 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6173 “Winter White, Holiday Red or something else instead”  David shares ideas on how to get...

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Trip Middleton, inventor of Boxxle
Next, David talks with Trip Middleton of Boxxle.... about their new product which changes the way that you can enjoy your wine in a much longer time span... Box wine has come a long way since it was originally introduced and you can now find some pretty amazing wine in a box. And it just keeps getting better — each year, more vintners introduce box wines to their collection. Why? Because like us, they appreciate the box’s benefits — it keeps their product fresh, packs some incredible environmental benefits, and lets us all pay for the wine, not the bottle.
With Boxxle, you still purchase your favorite 3 liter Bag-in-Box wines or try a new one, bring the wine home and place the interior bladder into Boxxle. Boxxle raises the wine up, allowing the spigot to be above your glass, and automatically compresses the bag so you get the most from your favorite wines, all in an attractive countertop dispenser. Learn more at http://www.boxxle.com/
 





















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Episode #435 – Napa Valley Entertaining with Blakesley Chappellet http://grapeencounters.com/episode-435-napa-valley-entertaining-blakesley-chappellet/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-435-napa-valley-entertaining-blakesley-chappellet/#respond Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:00:45 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6181 Meet Blakesley Chappellet, Author of Napa Valley Entertaining If you think Napa Valley Wines are...

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If you think Napa Valley Wines are amazing, you should see how the vintners of America’s premiere wine region party! The term “Napa Style” can often be heard in conjunction with entertaining, decorating and even dressing in a way that reflects the nature of the legendary valley.

Blakesley Chappellet, author of Napa Valley Entertaining

But just what is Napa style? Stuffy and pretentious? Not a bit! In actuality, it can run the gambit from re-purposing wine country relics to glitzy affairs that never upstage the valley’s farming heritage. Well, at least that’s David’s impression of doing thing the Napa way. However, David always prefers to defer to the experts, and who better to ask than Blakesley Chappellet, author of the brand new book, “Napa Valley Entertaining.” After all, Blakesley is a member of one of Napa’s pioneering families, the Chappellets, who were featured on the last episode of Grape Encounters.

Napa Valley EntertainingJoin David for an hour-long conversation with Blakesley Chappellet, as she discusses her book which offers an intimate profile in words and pictures of what it’s like to attend social affairs with 28 winemaking families in the Napa Valley.

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Episode #432 – Château La France and Château Leroy-Beauval http://grapeencounters.com/episode-432-chateau-la-france-chateau-leroy-beauval/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-432-chateau-la-france-chateau-leroy-beauval/#respond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:00:06 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6178 Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la...

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Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la France, a beautiful chateau with vineyards, a bed & breakfast and a 20-meter stainless steel rooster who watches over the grapes.

An estate of great name since the XVIIth century, Château La France is one of the largest estates in the Bordeaux region, boasting 90 hectares (222 acres) in a single block. 68 hectares of the 78 under production are classified AOC Bordeaux Supérieur rouge (red) and the remaining 10 hectares AOC Bordeaux Blanc Sec (dry white).

Chateau la France

Its rolling vineyards lie all round giving beautiful views and sense of privacy. The property is open for visits throughout the year and are free with wine aroma workshops included. What is unique is that you can rent the château in its entirety with private swimming pool (12 people for around 3000€ per week). Your own keys to your own château! Owner Bruno Mottet admits that his reason for developing wine tourism is to help build customer loyalty for his wines rather than to particularly create revenue.

Sophie Blot, Sales Director at Chateau Leroy-Beauval

Next, David chats with Sophie Blot, Sales Director at Chateau Leroy-Beauval, which has its roots in the 13th century, and has undergone a state-of-the-art renovation with the current owners, Stéphanie and Alexandre Leroy.
From this well recognized terroir there are a range of 8 wines produced, from Bordeaux red to rose, thereby including a dry white and two sparkling wines dearingly named Marquise, the owners would like to stress, this range of sparkling wines are delicately feminine who have gained a strong reputation on the French market and distinguished themselves with classicism Bordelaise.
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Episode #430 – Recovering from the Fires http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-430/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-430/#respond Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6074 From one of the first wineries to be declared lost to the fire, David talks...

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From one of the first wineries to be declared lost to the fire, David talks with Katrina Frey of Frey Vineyards in Redwood Valley about the effects, losses and plans for recovery from the devastating wildfires. Frey Vineyards is America’s first organic and biodynamic winery producing award-winning vegan, gluten-free wines with no added sulfites since 1980. Katrina reports on the damage to the winery, but stresses the most important assets of Frey are intact – the family and employees are all safe and sound.

Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates

Next up is Kimberly Noelle Charles, founder & owner of Charles Communications Associates, a public relations, branding and marketing company in San Francisco. Kimberly jumped into action after the start of the fires, and has raised over $54,000 in 14 days for aid for those affected by the fires. Find out more and donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/fire-relief-napa-sonoma-counties.


 





















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Episode #429 – Wild Fires In Wine Country http://grapeencounters.com/episode-429-wild-fires-wine-country/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-429-wild-fires-wine-country/#respond Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:00:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6070 David talks with Chris Sawyer [Sommelier to the Stars) and Jeff Davis of KSRO about...

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Episode #428 – VINOME Lets Your DNA be Your Sommelier! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-428-vinome/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-428-vinome/#respond Sat, 07 Oct 2017 15:00:58 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6134 Genome – vinome? Grape Encounters host David Wilson has long insisted that our taste in...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-428-vinome/feed/ 0 What if your DNA could guide you to the perfect wine. This week, a team of developers and DNA experts take David on a deep dive into this fascinating new science. Being careful about what he endorses, David agrees to be a Guinea Pig! Stay tuned!
Genome - vinome? Grape Encounters host David Wilson has long insisted that our taste in wine is no simple accident. For years, David has been noting the relationship between things we love (and hate) in our everyday world and our preferences in wine. David frequently asks listeners to tell him their preferences in music, film, colors and even foods. After asking between 12 and 20 questions, David chooses a wine for the participant based on years of observation. The result? An uncanny track record of choosing wines perfectly. By the way, David NEVER asks any questions whatsoever about the subjects’ wine preferences.

Vinome's Kit to sample your DNA

So, imagine how excited David was to learn that a company called “Vinome” created by a team of genetic scientists and wine experts is now using DNA insights, the science of taste, smell and taste preference information to pair wine lovers and wine discoverers with wines they love. All it takes is a tiny DNA sample swabbed from inside the mouth. Once the results are obtained, you can use it to guide future wine buying purchases or shop for hard-to-find boutique bottles at Vinome's online Marketplace. Vinome also has a very unique online quarterly wine club. Either way, Vinome delivers direct to your doorstep. Promoting the American artisan winemakers, Vinome has piqued the interest of the wine industry since its launch in late July.

David talks with co-founders Ron Andrews, Sara Riordan and Shannon Kieran about Vinome, one of the first companies to apply the science of taste and the vast body of genetic research to a new and broadly accessible experience – a groundbreaking connection between a person's DNA and lifestyle. The personalized wine service, available exclusively on Helix.com, an online marketplace of DNA-powered products, analyzes the nuances of taste preferences, along with 10 genetic markers related to smell and taste to identify eight unique Vinome taste profiles that are uniquely yours. Vinome’s team of founders and developers dig deep into the show which ends with the Vinome team challenging David to be a test subject. Who’s would turn down an offer like that?





















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Episode #427 – Natural Cork Making a Big Comeback http://grapeencounters.com/episode-427-cork/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-427-cork/#respond Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:00:52 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6128 Well, it wasn’t all that long ago that wines with screw cap enclosures began to...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-427-cork/feed/ 0 Peter Weber, President of the Cork Quality Council, has great news for wine drinkers who have resisted the trend toward screwcaps. Today, more and more important steps are being taken by wine producers and cork manufacturers to assure wines are not com...
Today, things are changing again. As more and more important steps are being taken by wine producers and cork manufacturers to assure wines are not compromised. On today’s edition of Grape Encounters, David invites Peter Weber, President of the Cork Quality Council, based in California, to share information on what is being done to regain the confidence of the wine industry which had grown tired of having wines returned that were ruined by the dreaded cork taint. Additionally, Peter’s organization and others have determined through extensive research that cork are not the thing that can cause a bottle to be compromised.

There are also environmental issues that make for some interesting conversation. More usage of cork contributes significantly to the forests’ preservation as well as communities and habitats of thousands of plants and animals including the endangered Iberian Lynx of which there are only a couple of hundred left in the world!

You’ll learn a great deal about all things cork on this edition of Grape Encounters featuring the Cork Quality Council’s Peter Weber, including; Why screwcaps are not the most effective closure due to a lack of some beneficial oxidation. You’ll also learn why the Aussies who literally led the charge to screw-open Shiraz and capped Cabernet are now closing their China-bound wines with natural cork. Plus, where cork is grow, how stoppers are made and why rare animals and fragile habits thrive thanks to the cork trees.

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Episode #422 – Meet Two Anderson Valley Superstars: Husch Vineyards and Foursight Wines! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-422-anderson-valley-superstars-husch-vineyards-and-foursight-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-422-anderson-valley-superstars-husch-vineyards-and-foursight-wines/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 15:00:49 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6115 Leading up to Winesong 2017, this week’s show features two top participants from the remarkable...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-422-anderson-valley-superstars-husch-vineyards-and-foursight-wines/feed/ 0 Leading up to Winesong 2017, this week’s show features two top participants from the remarkable Anderson Valley. First up is Zac Robinson of Husch Vineyards. Husch was founded in 1971 and is the oldest winery in the Valley.
Zac Robinson of Husch Vineyards

In 1979, Hugo Oswald Jr. bought the 6,000 case Husch Winery from the Husch family and today Husch Vineyards remains owned and operated by the 3rd Generation of the Oswald family: Zac Robinson and Amanda Robinson Holstine. Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines.

The second half of the show features Kristy Charles of Foursight Wines; the first winery in the country to put “Vegan” on their label. Foursight Wines is also located in the breathtaking Anderson Valley.

Kristy Charles of Foursight Wines

Foursight Wines was founded in 2006 by Kristy Charles, Joe Webb and Bill & Nancy Charles. Their goal is to produce 100% estate wines in the French monopole model, with grapes sourced only from their Charles Vineyard. Every grape and bottle of wine produced in their vineyard or small winery has been shepherded through the process by a member of the family, making the final product they sell direct through their wine club, website or tasting room all that much more special. Foursight Wines is one of the many prestigious labels featured at Winesong 2017.





















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Episode #421 – Cider vs Wine… Closer Relative than We Thought? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-421/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-421/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:00:48 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6123 Erich Fleck, Head Cider Maker at Bristols Cider House came to the Cider business by...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-421/feed/ 0 Erich Fleck, Head Cider Maker at Bristols Cider House came to the Cider business by way of the wine business. The funny thing is, Erich quickly learned that there are more similarities than differences between making cider and making wine. -
If ever there was a crash course in Cider making, and its similarities to wine making, this is it. Join Erich and a former co-worker with a tremendous amount of knowledge in the beer business for a conversation that covers the gambit… Beer, wine and cider; what do they have in common and where do the similarities end.

The Bristols Cider house, founded by winemaker Neil Collins, is located just a few miles from the Grape Encounters studio. If you’re ever on the Central Coast of California visiting the Grape Encounters Empourium, make sure to ask us to point you toward one of the best Cider experiences around!





















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Episode #420 – Uncommon Wine Knowledge http://grapeencounters.com/episode-420-uncommon-wine-knowledge-youll-love/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-420-uncommon-wine-knowledge-youll-love/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:00:18 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6109 We’ve asked world-renowned winemaker Adam Lazarre to tackle a few questions that we think will boost your wine knowledge. Also on the show is William Carter, former Playboy Mansion chef. Find out why he’s making big news!

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-420-uncommon-wine-knowledge-youll-love/feed/ 0 Grape Encounters Episode #420 Wine Questions There are no stupid questions when it comes to wine. The thing is, the questions most people are asking may not give you the knowledge you really need when it comes to wine. That’s why we invited world-renowned winemaker Adam LaZarre into the studio to tackle a few questions that we think will give you a little better wine knowledge. Plus, you’ll be the hit of the next social gathering.

Adam LaZarre may be one of the most unpretentious wine experts you’ll ever meet. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you say WOW. He’ll even make you think about getting into the wine business! Well, two out of three ain’t bad!

Also on this week’s show is William Carter, former Executive Chef at the Playboy Mansion for 28 years. Now William and his wife Katherine have their own project, cooking and hosting the ultimate getaway in Paso Robles, CA, The Canyon Villa is winning top honors in some of America’s most prestigious Bed and Breakfast competitions. Learn why by listening here!





















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Episode #419 – Escape Your Wine Comfort Zone http://grapeencounters.com/episode-419-escape-your-wine-comfort-zone/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-419-escape-your-wine-comfort-zone/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:00:05 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6103 We humans are creatures of habit… and when it comes to wine, that is especially...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-419-escape-your-wine-comfort-zone/feed/ 0 Michael Blaylock, Director of Winemaking at Quady Winery - We humans are creatures of habit… and when it comes to wine, that is especially true. Most of the wine consumed in America consists of under 10 varietals.
We humans are creatures of habit… and when it comes to wine, that is especially true. Most of the wine consumed in America consists of under 10 varietals. And when you consider the fact that there are literally thousands of wine varietals made in the world, a good argument can be made that we are very much in a rut; even if it’s a delicious rut. Don't fear an escape from your wine comfort zone!

On this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, David visits with three exceptional California winemakers to discuss some of the mouth-watering options they are making for wine lovers like you.

Chrystal Clifton of Palmina Wines

We begin the episode with Michael Blaylock, head of winemaking at Quady Winery in Madera. Next up is Chrystal Clifton of Palmina Wines… and finally Christian Ahlmann of Six Sigma Winery and Ranch in Lake County California. Listen carefully, there’s a good chance you may be changing up your routine shortly after the show is over! Cheers!

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Episode #418 – The Groundbreaking Gary Eberle http://grapeencounters.com/episode-418/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-418/#respond Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:00:50 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6098 Winemaking Pioneer Gary Eberle and Partner Marcy Share the Long Journey to Winemaking Superstardom with...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-418/feed/ 0 Winemaking Pioneer Gary Eberle and Partner Marcy Share the Long Journey to Winemaking Superstardom with Eberle Vineyards! - Gary and Marcy Eberle - It’s a long and winding road to winemaking immortality, but nothing has ever stood in Gary Eberle’s wa...
Gary and Marcy Eberle

It’s a long and winding road to winemaking immortality, but nothing has ever stood in Gary Eberle’s way for very long. He is a true winemaking pioneer on California’s Central Coast… most particularly the Paso Robles AVA which Gary helped found.

In recent years, Gary and Marcy Eberle have faced challenges that were both unthinkable and seemingly insurmountable. Nonetheless, Gary and Marcy faced these challenges head on and are once again doing what they do best; making extraordinary wines while educating and entertaining fans of their brand in a style that is the Eberle trademark.





















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Episode #417 – LIKE MOTHER, LIKE SON. Meet the Dynamic Duo of Viader Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/episode-417-like-mother-like-son-meet-dynamic-duo-viader-vineyards/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-417-like-mother-like-son-meet-dynamic-duo-viader-vineyards/#respond Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6095 Still in her 20’s, Delia Viader was determined to make extraordinary wines in the Napa...

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Today, Delia and her son Alan, who serves as the Viader Vineyards Winemaker, are producing some of the most sought-after Bordeaux varietal in the Napa Valley. Hear there truly amazing story as Host David Wilson sits down with them in their living room which offers one of the most breathtaking views in the valley! It’s a warm and wonderful story of a determined family with the ultimate can-do spirit!

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Episode #416 – Winesong 2017 Will Have You Singing its Praises! http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-416/ http://grapeencounters.com/grape-encounters-episode-416/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:00:17 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6091 Meet Executive Director Jamie Peters Jamie Peters, Executive Director of Winesong joins host David Wilson...

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Jamie Peters, Winesong Event Director

Jamie Peters, Executive Director of Winesong joins host David Wilson for a delightful, lighthearted preview of Winesong 2017. Last year, David proclaimed Winesong his very favorite food and wine event. This spectacular event takes place at the stunning Mendocino Botanical Gardens on the Coast of California.

David and Annie Wilson at WineSong

The food is amazing. The wines are amazing, and the hospitality and surrounding beauty is indescribable! Want to know more? Listen in! Your palate will thank you for it!





















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Episode #415 – Winemaker Tony Rynders has his Tendrils Wrapped Around Some Amazing Oregon Wines! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-415-winemaker-tony-rynders-has-his-tendrils-wrapped-around-some-amazing-oregon-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-415-winemaker-tony-rynders-has-his-tendrils-wrapped-around-some-amazing-oregon-wines/#respond Sat, 08 Jul 2017 15:00:49 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6156 This week, David meets with winemaker Tony Rynders who is neck deep in some of...

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This week, David meets with winemaker Tony Rynders who is neck deep in some of Oregon’s finest winemaking operations. Tony is the winemaker at Panther Creek Cellars which was founded by famed negociant Ken Wright in the 1980s with some of the most iconic single vineyard wines. Panther Creek produced the first Oregon wine to get a Parker 94 for their 1994 Shae vineyard.

Tony also has his own winery, Tendril Wine Cellars in the Willamette Valley which is open by appointment only. As most listeners know, Pinot Noir is not host David Wilson’s go-to wine, but David’s opinion of Pinot went up several notches after tasting Tendril’s offerings. If you think you know Pinot, you definitely want to give this a listen because Tony Rynders has truly reimagined one of the world’s most favorite wines. He certainly got David’s attention!





















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Episode #414 – Mark Carter of Carter Cellars where the 100 Point Scores Keep Rolling In! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-414-mark-carter-carter-cellars-100-point-scores-keep-rolling/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-414-mark-carter-carter-cellars-100-point-scores-keep-rolling/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:00:32 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6066 David talks with Mark Carter of Carter Cellars and Envy Wines, who has earned a perfect 100 point score five times from legendary wine critic Robert Parker.

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-414-mark-carter-carter-cellars-100-point-scores-keep-rolling/feed/ 0 Mark Carter of Carter Cellars and Envy Wines has earned a perfect 100 point score five times from legendary wine critic Robert Parker. It’s an achievement that most winemakers only dream of… earning a perfect 100 point score from legendary wine critic Robert Parker. Yes indeed, it’s nearly impossible to earn even one 100 point score during your career. But Mark Carter of Carter Cellars and Envy Wines has lots of years ahead of him and he has already earned an incomparable five 100-point scores from Parker.
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A personal friend of host David Wilson, Mark had only earned one perfect score when he and David first met. But in the past couple of years, Mark has earned four more perfect scores… which is no surprise to David, who calls Mark’s Coliseum Vineyard Merlot his single favorite wine. However, it wasn’t Merlot that earned Mark these amazing accolades. Mark has really raised the bar when it comes to Napa Cabernet Sauvignons… earning 3 perfect scores in just one year.
Mark and Sheri Carter

So just how much does a perfect score effect the popularity and price of a wine? And how tough is it for a winemaker to remain humble after being crowned an undisputed champion? You’ll find out on this edition of Grape Encounters Radio. Our show ends with an episode of Sippin’ With Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine. If you want to know what varietals to keep your eyes on as they rise to greater prominence among wine lovers, you’ll definitely want to stick with this episode to the very last drop!





















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Episode #413 – At the Top of Their Game! Archery Summit in Oregon’s Willamette Valley http://grapeencounters.com/episode-413-archery-summit-oregon-willamette-valley/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-413-archery-summit-oregon-willamette-valley/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:00:41 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6039 A Delightful Afternoon with Head Winemaker and GM Chris Mazepink of Archery Summit There couldn’t...

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There couldn’t have been a more picture perfect day to enjoy a long line-up of wines from Archery Summit GM and Winemaker Chris Mazepink. Archery Summit features Oregon’s only natural cave cellar and we assure you, the views underground are just as spectacular as the truly stunning view across the valley from Archery Summit’s patio. Chris Mazepink makes some of Oregon’s high-end, bigger, bolder Pinot Noirs from single vineyards along with Alsatian Pinot Gris and rosé. The winery was founded by the same folks who built legendary Pine Ridge Winery in Napa Valley back in the 90s.

There’s a lot to know about the wines of Oregon and Chris is just the person to walk you through the subject in a delightfully unpretentious way. Having worked exclusively with Oregon Pinot Noir over the years, Chris began his impressive career as Assistant Winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards. He spent four years at Shea Wine Cellars where he tripled case production and fine-tuned their blends. Chris then joined Oregon’s revered Benton Lane Winery as Director of Winemaking and Viticulture. With years of experience running a large estate devoted to ultra-premium Pinot Noir, Chris came to Archery Summit in 2013 anxious to expand its world-renowned wine program.

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Episode #412 – You’ll Go Insane for Gran Moraine! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-412-gran-moraine-eugenia-keegan-oregon-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-412-gran-moraine-eugenia-keegan-oregon-wine/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:00:04 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=6033 Meet Willamette Valley Winemaking Legend Eugenia Keegan of Gran Moraine The Oregon wine odyssey continues...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-412-gran-moraine-eugenia-keegan-oregon-wine/feed/ 0 Founded by Pine Ridge, Archery Summit’s Chris Mazepink makes some of Oregon’s finest Pinot, and more. Archery Summit features stunning views and Oregon’s only natural cave cellar. The Oregon wine odyssey continues from the Willamette Valley. In this episode, David visits Gran Moraine which is one of several brands owned and operated by Kendall-Jackson. Today’s special guest is winemaker and General Manager Eugenia Keegan who is truly a legend in the region. The winery was started from the ground up and is truly a special spot. Eugenia is now in her 19th year in Oregon wine country. Her resume spans 40 years and she was one of the very first female winemakers in the country. Like so many world class winemakers, her career began in California until a chance romance led her to Oregon in 2003. Eugenia has held many top positions during her four-plus decades in the wine business. She began her career with Joseph Swan Vineyards as a cellar/vineyard worker in 1976. That experience led her to numerous opportunities, including cellar intern positions in Burgundy at both the prestigious producer Pousse d’Or in Volnay and Etienne Sauzet in Puligny-Montrachet. Most significantly she took the position of Business Manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, California in 1982 during the early days of the winery’s start-up. She was later promoted to President and CEO. In January of 1996, she accepted the position of President at Vine Cliff Winery in Napa.

The planting of Gran Moraine was completed in 2005 and, in less than a dozen years, it became recognized as a leader in the production of world-class pinots grown from Dijon clones. If there was ever a more delightful and witty winemaker than Eugenia, we haven’t found him or her yet. But don’t take our word for it, just kick back and have a listen to one of our most delightful wine broadcasts!





















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Episode #411 – How Oregon Wines Got Their French Accent! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-411-laurent-montalieu-of-hyland-estates/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-411-laurent-montalieu-of-hyland-estates/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:00:57 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5995 One-on-one with Laurent Montalieu, Founder of Hyland Estates in the Willamette Valley This edition of...

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This edition of Grape Encounters is the first in a long-anticipated month-long series recorded in the famed Willamette Valley wine of Northwest Oregon. It’s a place where you’ll find true winemaking pioneers who have no inclination to copy what their counterparts in other regions do. They are quick to point out that Oregon wines are best when they are allowed to express their sense of place… and to that end, this very special series begins at Highland Estates where David is joined by founding winemaker, Laurent Montalieu.

Laurent took his first steps in the vineyard in Medoc owned by his great grandfather. He grew up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and returned to his family's homeland of Bordeaux for summer vacations and high school. It was through his family's deep commitment to the land that he learned to respect the vines and the wines they produced.

His interest in viticulture led him to the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux, where he immersed himself in studies of vineyard management and winemaking. After graduating in 1987, he worked for Chateau La Tour Blanche near Sauternes, and Domaine Mumm in California's Napa Valley before moving to Oregon. In 1995, Laurent joined WillaKenzie as a partner and winemaker. WillaKenzie is also where he became something of a living legend.

Today, Laurent handcrafts the Soléna Estate and Hyland Estates wines while also serving as winemaker and co-founder of NW Wine Company, a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in nearby Dundee.

In the show’s second half, David is taken to the Hyland Vineyard, which was first planted in 1971. This magnificent property is located very much off the beaten path and is one of the most revered vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. Pretty much the only way you’re likely to find it is to have an “in the know” tour guide. In this case its Colin Eddy, the company’s National Sales Manager. Colin is an absolute encyclopedia of knowledge about the vineyard… but there’s even more expertise on the journey. David is thrilled to have Aaron Bartels of Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits join in on the conversation. Aaron spent many hours arranging many all of the vineyard visits and, quite frankly, this special series from Oregon would not have taken place were it not for Aaron. Thank you Aaron and major kudos for your awesome work!





















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If you think Napa Valley Wines are amazing, you should see how the vintners of America’s premiere wine region party! The term “Napa Style” can often be heard in conjunction with entertaining, decorating and even dressing in a way that reflects the nature of the legendary valley.

But just what is Napa style? Stuffy and pretentious? Not a bit! In actuality, it can run the gambit from repurposing wine country relics to glitzy affairs that never upstage the valley’s farming heritage. Well, at least that’s David’s impression of doing thing the Napa way. However, David always prefers to defer to the experts, and who better to ask than Blakesley Chappellet, author of the brand new book, “Napa Valley Entertaining.” After all, Blakesley is a member of one of Napa’s pioneering families, the Chappellets, who were featured on the last episode of Grape Encounters.

Join David for an hour-long conversation with Blakesley Chappellet, as she discusses her book which offers an intimate profile in words and pictures of what it’s like to attend social affairs with 28 winemaking families in the Napa Valley.

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Episode #409 – The Chappellet Family: Carrying on the Mission of a Napa Legend is a Family Affair http://grapeencounters.com/episode-309-the-chappellet-family-napa-legend-is-a-family-affair/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-309-the-chappellet-family-napa-legend-is-a-family-affair/#respond Sat, 27 May 2017 15:00:54 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5968 In a very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, Host David Wilson spends a few...

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In a very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, Host David Wilson spends a few very special days at the home of the Chappellet Family in California’s Napa Valley. This family interview is significant for two reasons. First, Chappellet family members are commemorating a very important milestone; the 50 year anniversary of a family-operated winery that played an important role in the establishment of the Napa Valley as a world-class wine reason. But more importantly, the interview with family members takes place exactly one year to the day after the passing of Winery co-founder Donn Chappellet.

Joining David for this insightful retrospective AND peak down the road are Donn’s wife and co-founder Molly along with children Cyril, Carissa and Alexa. As family members share their thoughts and memories on a patio overlooking this breathtaking vineyard, you can hear the bells and flute music that echoed throughout the valley below Pritchard Hill the day Donn passed the reigns to his family; entrusting them to make sure the legendary brand and property flourishes for many generations to come. Find out more about the Chappellet legacy at: http://www.chappellet.com/





















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Episode #408 – The Villa San-Juliette Jeep Tour and Wine Tasting http://grapeencounters.com/episode-408-villa-san-juliette-jeep-tour-and-wine-tasting/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-408-villa-san-juliette-jeep-tour-and-wine-tasting/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 15:00:35 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5956 Behind the Scenes of the Winery that American Idol Helped Build: The Villa San-Juliette Jeep...

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You’ve got to imagine that when the former producers of American Idol built their winery, they weren’t content to be just another tasting room. To that end, they are giving fans of the brand an opportunity to wander behind the curtain and see where all the magic begins.

This week, show host David Wilson is invited to jump into the beautiful, rugged Jeep that is used to take visitors deep into the vineyard with his personal tour guide and driver Dan Smith… who also just happens to be the winemaker at this beautiful estate vineyard.

Dan Smith, Winemaker at Villa San-Juliette, and DracoGuests of Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery are treated to an exclusive views of the 168-acre estate from guided jeep tours while they explore the vineyard, sip award-winning wines and pose for pictures along the way. The scenic hillside views are enhanced by a Tuscan style setting, Mediterranean gardens and scenic wine country views surrounding the villa. The vineyards and winery is the result of the vision of television producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe who believe in bringing the best talent together to create remarkable experiences.
“This is just another opportunity for our guests to experience the beauty of our vineyards in a personalized way,” said Dan Smith, Winemaker at Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery. “Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying excellent wines, snacking on small plates from the on-site kitchen and now exploring the vineyard in a jeep with family and friends.”

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Episode #407 – A Conversation with Christian Roguenant of Niven Family Wine Estate http://grapeencounters.com/episode-407-christian-roguenant-of-niven-family-wine-estates/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-407-christian-roguenant-of-niven-family-wine-estates/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 15:00:08 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5951 A Peak Into Christian’s Crystal Ball! French Winemaker Christian Roguenant is literally a walking encyclopedia...

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French Winemaker Christian Roguenant is literally a walking encyclopedia of wine. If you’ve got a question, Christian has an answer. That’s why Grape Encounters Radio Host David Wilson loves any opportunity to sit down with someone he truly sees as a master of the winemaking craft.

Winemaker Christian Roguenant

On this occasion, as they sip a variety of wines in the vineyard, David poses a question to Christian that can be and is the subject of much debate in the wine industry; “What’s on the verge of being the next big wine varietal trend.” That is the question… but if you want to know the answer, you’ll have hit play. But don’t worry… you won’t be disappointed by the answer(s). In fact, chances are, you’ll start sipping some wines that you have likely overlooked. Beyond that, there is just so much great information to consume here, including the answer to the question that keeps so many wine lovers up all night, “Where did the Chardonnay grape come from?” Intrigued? Give a listen. You’ll have tons of fun!





















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Episode #406 – Delia Viader – Against All Odds http://grapeencounters.com/episode-406-delia-viader-odds/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-406-delia-viader-odds/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 15:00:50 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5929 How Delia Viader Challenged Conventional Wisdom and Came Out On Top! Today’s episode of Grape...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-406-delia-viader-odds/feed/ 0 David talks with Delia Viader, founder of Viader Vineyards and Winery, who has been a trailblazer in Napa Valley winemaking, forging new frontiers in the arenas of female leadership, vineyard design, sustainable farming and ultra-premium winemaking. Today’s episode of Grape Encounters introduces you to one of the very finest producers of Bordeaux Varietal in the Napa Valley… and frankly, in the world. For more than 30 years, Delia Viader, founder of Viader Vineyards and Winery, has been a trailblazer among the Napa Valley winemaking community, forging new frontiers in the arenas of female leadership, vineyard design, sustainable farming and ultra-premium winemaking.

Delia Viader of Viader Vineyards & Winery

Born in Argentina, raised in Europe, and receiving a degree from the Sorbonne in France, Delia’s passion to learn brought her to California; a single mother of four with an entrepreneurial spirit that would eventually lead to a career she could never have imagined.

Enamored by the quiet, yet up and coming energy of the Napa Valley in the 80’s, it was along the steep, rocky volcanic slopes of Howell Mountain that Delia entertained the radical idea of pursuing her own vineyard. Thanks to the support and encouragement of her father, who served as Argentina’s Ambassador to France, Delia not only dreamed big, but also figured out how to bring those dreams to life.

ViaderAs one of the first female winemakers in the Napa Valley, Delia Viader was also one of the first vintners in the region to plant her vines vertically up and down the hillside, as opposed to California’s typical horizontal terracing. Delia was also one of the first in Napa to tackle and successfully showcase Cabernet Franc as a deserving blending companion with Napa’s King, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today’s VIADER operation is a genuine family affair, with active second generation participation in vineyard management, winemaking, sales and marketing.  Accordingly, we were so pleased to have Delia’s son Alan, who serves as Winemaker, join us in a joyful discussion of how Viader became one of America’s most respected names in winemaking.

Join Host David Wilson and his guests Delia and Alan Viader as they explore the remarkable challenges and success of Viader Vineyards and Winery!





















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Episode #405 – 2017’s Vinexpo Bordeaux Takes to the Radio! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-405-vinexpo-bordeaux-2017/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-405-vinexpo-bordeaux-2017/#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:00:23 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5924 ENCORE PRESENTATION by Popular Demand! One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-405-vinexpo-bordeaux-2017/feed/ 0 ENCORE PRESENTATION by Popular Demand! One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s Biggest Wine Soiree! - This June, Bordeaux will host the most stylish wine industry show in the world, Vinexpo 2017. One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s Biggest Wine Soiree!

This June, Bordeaux will host the most stylish wine industry show in the world, Vinexpo 2017. Vinexpo is the gold standard when it comes to wine and spirit trade expositions, drawing nearly 50,000 buyers from around the world and featuring nearly 2500 exhibitors from 42 producing countries.

Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman, Vinexpo

At the helm of this mammoth soirée is , the event’s Chairman, and Grape Encounters Radio listeners will be among the first to hear what’s in store as David welcomes him to the program by phone. This is an interview you absolutely must not miss as Xavier is truly one of the world’s leading authorities on all facets of the industry!

This intimate one-on-one interview can only be described as intriguing, enlightening, engaging and delightful! David and Xavier cover a great deal of ground in a short period of time including:

The evolution of organic wines, their effect on the industry and how important they are in the grand scheme of the Vinexpo Bordeaux’s 2017 program. Spain as the Country of Honor and their prominence on the global wine stage. New initiatives and updates to the Vinexpo Bordeaux program. A preview of the soon-to-be-released results of this year’s Vinexpo-commissioned study on U.S. and global wine trends.

There’s so much to learn about today’s wine industry—and if ever there was an opportunity to absorb a lot of information in one sitting, this is it. What an amazing honor to have Xavier De Eizaguirre join us to talk Vinexpo on the radio!





















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Episode #404 – Speaking Sustainability with the Uncontainable Jean-Charles Boisset! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-404-speaking-sustainability-uncontainable-jean-charles-boisset/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-404-speaking-sustainability-uncontainable-jean-charles-boisset/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:00:01 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5901 We can think of no one in the wine industry so fully charged with creativity,...

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Jean-Charles and David at Raymond Vineyards

In this edition of Grape Encounters, David sits down with Jean-Charles to talk about sustainability and being good stewards of the land. Within minutes you will be convinced that JCB knows Mother Nature personally and perhaps sits down and has tea or a glass of bubbly with her while the great lady of Earth spells out her marching orders for her beloved and faithful servant.

JCB is impossible not to love, and you will understand why we say that after only a few minutes of listening in. But goodness knows, this is one of those interviews you wish you had a camera rolling on, as Jean-Charles rolls around the room gleefully, occasionally showing his red shoe soles and center stage showmanship… never once dropping the mike.





















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Episode #403 – Toby Halkovich of Cakebread Cellars Talks Sustaining a Legendary Brand by Sustaining Incomparable Land http://grapeencounters.com/episode-403-toby-halkovich-of-cakebread-cellars-talks-sustaining-a-legendary-brand-by-sustaining-incomparable-land/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-403-toby-halkovich-of-cakebread-cellars-talks-sustaining-a-legendary-brand-by-sustaining-incomparable-land/#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:00:09 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5892 As we dig deeper into our month-long discussion of sustainability, Host David Wilson put one...

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As we dig deeper into our month-long discussion of sustainability, Host David Wilson put one very acclaimed Napa winery on his MUST-VISIT bucket list. Cakebread Cellars is one of those premium wineries that simply does not disappoint. They are the embodiment of winemaking perfection. You see the label and it really doesn’t matter what varietals are in the bottle. It will be a delicious wine. They always have been.

Not only does Cakebread Cellars make some of the finest wines in the world, they do it with a reverence for the land that is simply uncompromising. As a result, they have received countless awards and accolades for all that they do to constantly protect and even improve the land that produces such extraordinary grapes for them.

To share the Cakebread Cellars story is Toby Halkovich, Director of Vineyard Operations. There won’t be a test at the end of this very interesting conversation but regardless, you’re going to learn a heck of a lot about one of the most celebrated brands in American Wine!

Finally, before we put a cork in it for today, Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine tells us everything you need to know about “CORKED” wine. If that statement confuses you, then you definitely want to listen in on a conversation about one of wine’s most misunderstood maladies.





















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Episode #402 – Down to Earth Month and Korbel’s Commitment to Sustainability http://grapeencounters.com/episode-402-down-to-earth-month-and-korbels-commitment-to-sustainability/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-402-down-to-earth-month-and-korbels-commitment-to-sustainability/#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:00:36 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5869 Bubbling Over with Pride: Down to Earth Month and American Champagne Producer Korbel Shares Their...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-402-down-to-earth-month-and-korbels-commitment-to-sustainability/feed/ 0 Bubbling Over with Pride: Down to Earth Month and American Champagne Producer Korbel Shares Their Unbending Commitment to Sustainability This week on Grape Encounters Radio, Rick Marson, the Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Manager at lege... This week on Grape Encounters Radio, Rick Marson, the Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Manager at legendary Korbel Champagne Cellars talks about why his company is so determined to protect and nurture the land that produces American-made Champagne that is truly on par with France’s finest.

April is Down to Earth Month in California and each year, more and more wineries join the parade of producers determined to raise the bar of environmental stewardship. As his title indicates, Rick Marson is not only devoted to protecting the land that provides such a remarkable bounty; his job is to literally assure that the land survives and THRIVES.

Korbel is one of the crown jewels of American winemaking and we think you’ll be delighted to hear about the great lengths they go to to deliver an awesome product in the most conscientious way.

Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

The show concludes with a delightful installment of “Sippin’ with Sara,” with Sara Schneider, the Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine. Is it time to come back to one of history’s most popular varietals after a long dormancy period caused by the words of a fictitious character? Listen in and find out!

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Episode #400 – Thinking 250 years ahead in the vineyard with Tyler Thomas http://grapeencounters.com/episode-400-thinking-250-years-ahead-in-the-vineyard-with-tyler-thomas/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-400-thinking-250-years-ahead-in-the-vineyard-with-tyler-thomas/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:00:35 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5860 This week, meet one of the most delightful, forward thinking winemakers in America today; Tyler...

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This week, meet one of the most delightful, forward thinking winemakers in America today; Tyler Thomas. After working for producers like Donelan Family Wines and Hyde de Villaine in the Napa Valley, Winemaker Tyler Thomas left the fabled North Coast of California in 2013 to explore making Pinot Noir and Cabernet in Santa Barbara County. Many of his winemaking friends told him “you don’t leave Hollywood to make movies in Texas,” but Tyler was drawn to the chance to work with great estate fruit, and a family who is invested in making great wines in a region with tremendous freedom.

David was particularly excited to have Tyler on the show not simply because his employers, Jim and Mary Dierberg, are at the forefront of Santa Barbara winemaking with three estates in three Santa Barbara AVAs. What intrigued David the most was the fact that the Dierberg’s actually have a 250-year plan for their winemaking business. Such a notion is not uncommon in Europe, but in America, where change is always in the wind, the idea is pretty much unheard of. So what’s it like to think many generations down the road? Well, you’ll have to give a listen to find out!

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Episode #399 – Beer vs Wine: Just Who is Copying Who? http://grapeencounters.com/episode-399-caraft-beer-infusair/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-399-caraft-beer-infusair/#respond Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5838 It’s amazing to see what is happening in the craft beer industry. Just a few...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-399-caraft-beer-infusair/feed/ 0 CRAFT: The California Beer Industry - It's amazing to see what is happening in the craft beer industry. Just a few years ago, wine had replaced beer as the most popular adult beverage in America. But boy oh boy,
It's amazing to see what is happening in the craft beer industry. Just a few years ago, wine had replaced beer as the most popular adult beverage in America. But boy oh boy, is beer picking up steam… perhaps Anchor Steam that is! The craft beer industry is going bonkers with new microbreweries popping up every week and new and completely off-the-wall beers being produced at a dizzying pace... which begs the question, "Is the craft beer industry taking cues from the wine industry?"

To help David answer that question, we welcome guest Jeff Smith, Producer and director of Craft: The California Beer Documentary. Jeff decided he was going to visit 80 breweries in 30 days!  In doing so, the similarities between the boutique wine business and the craft beer business became obvious. You'll see what we mean on this edition of Grape Encounters.

Also on this week’s Grape Encounters, David introduces a new wine accessory that he and his team have been working on for eight years! This week, it goes public! Stay tuned to learn more.

Finally, a series of stories that make up this week’s edition of Grape Encounters News. Listen in if you want to be the most informed person at your next dinner party!





















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Episode #398 – Pinot Point-and-Counterpoint With Special Guest Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards http://grapeencounters.com/episode-398-special-guest-brian-talley-of-talley-vineyards/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-398-special-guest-brian-talley-of-talley-vineyards/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:00:26 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5817 Plus, Farm Labor Fears on the New Political Landscape Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards and...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-398-special-guest-brian-talley-of-talley-vineyards/feed/ 0 Plus, Farm Labor Fears on the New Political Landscape Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms in the Arroyo Grande Valley on the Central Coast of California welcomes David to his breathtaking tasting room to talk about two very unrelated win... Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms in the Arroyo Grande Valley on the Central Coast of California welcomes David to his breathtaking tasting room to talk about two very unrelated wine topics; one on the light side, the other a bit heavy.

Brian Talley with his new book, Our California Table

First, the light side: it’s been a running joke on Grape Encounters since day one. Despite its popularity, David has never had much love for one of the world’s most popular grape varietals; Pinot Noir. Now admittedly, much of David’s behind-the-microphone aversion is purely playful and more a counterpoint to what he would describe as a national obsession with a varietal popularized by a fictitious character. But when David and Brian get together (Brian specializes in Pinot Noir) you just never quite know where the playful point-and-counterpoint will take listeners.

Next, the heavy topic: With a brand new administration in the White House, there is a lot of uncertainty and downright fear about impact pending legislation may have on the farming industry. With so many farmers, including grape growers, seemingly reliant on workers from other countries, do farmers and workers have something to worry about and, if so, what solutions are there? Brian and his family have operated a major farming enterprise for many years and we think you’ll appreciate his very keen understanding of the issues and where we go from here.

Plus, Brian has just released a gorgeous cookbook, Our California Table, Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family, a farm to table book with recipes featuring produce from their farm and wines from their vineyards. Profits from the sale of the book benefit the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, the charitable endowment that supports the farm worker community in San Luis Obispo County, CA.

So fill up your glass for a delightful afternoon with Winemaker & Farmer Extraordinaire Brian Talley and Grape Encounters Host David Wilson!





















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Episode #397 – Pairing Wine with Movies… Now THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-397-pairing-wine-with-the-silver-screen-now-thats-entertainment/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-397-pairing-wine-with-the-silver-screen-now-thats-entertainment/#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 16:00:34 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5811 He’s known around the country as the Sommelier of the stars. That’s because both Hollywood...

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Chris Sawyer, internationally-renowned sommelier, wine educator, journalist, consultant, critic and public speaker

That’s why every year around Oscar season, David loves to have Chris on the show to talk about a very unusual wine pairing concept; pairing wines with the Academy’s finest. Now usually, David has Chris Sawyer on the show before the awards are handed out and both David and Chris share the wines they would each pair with the Best Picture Nominees. This year, they decided to change things up a bit by waiting until the Oscars were over. That way, they could suggest wines to pair with each of the winners in the major categories.

Is there something to the notion that wines pair with more than food? Is it possible that there is a connection between wines and what we love entertainment-wise? David insists that there is a very clear connection between our personalities, preferences and the wines we love.

Hey, you may be skeptical, but we think you could be a believer after this episode of Grape Encounters Radio. Even if you’re not convinced, you surely will have a really good time!





















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Episode #396 – Drawing the Line between Ordinary and Luxury Wine http://grapeencounters.com/episode-396-drawing-the-line-between-ordinary-and-luxury-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-396-drawing-the-line-between-ordinary-and-luxury-wine/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:13 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5800 As the U.S. wine industry basks in the glow of premiumization once again, the issue...

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Dr. Liz Thach, MW of Sonoma State University

This week on Grape Encounters, David visits with Dr. Liz Thach, MW of Sonoma State University who, along with other prominent researchers examined the definition of luxury, analyzed current pricing structures and proposed a new luxury wine price continuum in a brand new research study.

What are the variables that make a wine “luxury?” David gets to the heart of the matter with Dr. Thach.

Then, Winemaker Nathan Cardella joins David in the studio to discuss how winemakers set their prices. Is it arbitrary? Is it what the market will bear? More importantly, are most wines priced fairly? Nathan shares and tells all in this frank discussion on Grape Encounters Radio!

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Episode #395 – Will the end of the drought mean a flood of great wines in 2017 http://grapeencounters.com/episode-395-will-end-drought-mean-flood-great-wines-2017/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-395-will-end-drought-mean-flood-great-wines-2017/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5791 After 5 years of unprecedented drought in California, the flood finally came… and did it...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-395-will-end-drought-mean-flood-great-wines-2017/feed/ 0 After 5 years of unprecedented drought in California, the flood finally came… and did it ever put the enormous dry spell to bed. For several weeks, creeks in many of California’s wine regions have been overflowing their banks; a double-edged sword as p...
Gladys Horiuchi, Director of Media Relations at the Wine Institute

Just what effect is all that rain having in the Golden State? Well they might have to rename it the Green State!
In this week’s show, David turns to Wine Institute Media Relations Director Gladys Horiuchi who expects everything will come up rosy this year. That would be a great thing since, in spite of the drought, the dry years have been very good to the quality of California wines!

While he has her on the line, David reviews a brand new report on the enormous dollar volume of wine being exported to other countries… a pleasant revelation, considering all talk of the US being more of an importer than an exporter. Just how much economic impact does the Golden State wine industry have? Tune in!

Also in this episode, a little catching up on interesting stories from the wine world that will definitely make you look well informed at your next get-together! All this and more on this week’s Grape Encounters Radio!





















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Episode #394 – 2017’s Vinexpo Bordeaux Takes to the Radio! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-394-xavier-de-eizaguirre-vinexpo/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-394-xavier-de-eizaguirre-vinexpo/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:00:02 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5774 One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s Biggest Wine Soiree! This June,...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-394-xavier-de-eizaguirre-vinexpo/feed/ 0 One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s Biggest Wine Soiree! This June, Bordeaux will host the most stylish wine industry show in the world, Vinexpo 2017. Vinexpo is the gold standard when it comes to wine and spir... This June, Bordeaux will host the most stylish wine industry show in the world, Vinexpo 2017. Vinexpo is the gold standard when it comes to wine and spirit trade expositions, drawing nearly 50,000 buyers from around the world and featuring nearly 2500 exhibitors from 42 producing countries.

Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman, Vinexpo

At the helm of this mammoth soirée is , the event’s Chairman, and Grape Encounters Radio listeners will be among the first to hear what’s in store as David welcomes him to the program by phone. This is an interview you absolutely must not miss as Xavier is truly one of the world’s leading authorities on all facets of the industry!

This intimate one-on-one interview can only be described as intriguing, enlightening, engaging and delightful! David and Xavier cover a great deal of ground in a short period of time including:

* The evolution of organic wines, their effect on the industry and how important they are in the grand scheme of the Vinexpo Bordeaux’s 2017 program.
* Spain as the Country of Honor and their prominence on the global wine stage.
* New initiatives and updates to the Vinexpo Bordeaux program.
* A preview of the soon-to-be-released results of this year’s Vinexpo-commissioned study on U.S. and global wine trends.

There’s so much to learn about today’s wine industry—and if ever there was an opportunity to absorb a lot of information in one sitting, this is it. What an amazing honor to have Xavier De Eizaguirre join us to talk Vinexpo on the radio!





















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Episode #393 – Cardella Winery: Our 2016 Winery of the Year! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-393-cardella-winery-grape-encounters-2016-winery-year/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-393-cardella-winery-grape-encounters-2016-winery-year/#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2017 16:00:09 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5766 The Uncanny Success Story of the Cardella Winery! At the beginning of each year, it...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-393-cardella-winery-grape-encounters-2016-winery-year/feed/ 0 The Uncanny Success Story of the Cardella Winery! At the beginning of each year, it is Grape Encounters’ pleasure to look back upon the wineries and winemakers featured on the show in the prior year and select one that we believe has truly distinguish... At the beginning of each year, it is Grape Encounters’ pleasure to look back upon the wineries and winemakers featured on the show in the prior year and select one that we believe has truly distinguished themselves by producing a broad range of consistently outstanding wines. Host David Wilson says “This year’s choice was easy… not simply because the Cardella Winery in Mendota California has literally earned a pot of gold medals, but also because the place they call home is best known for modestly-priced table wines produced in very high volume.”

The Cardella Family

The past year, Grape Encounters had the privilege of introducing the folks at Cardella to millions of listeners who were as astonished by the quality of these wines as we were. Through innovation and an unwavering commitment to being exceptional, the Cardella Winery lived up to the prediction David made nearly a year ago. He said then that Cardella was destined to be one of America’s great cult wineries. On today’s show, you’ll learn why, as David returns to this small production boutique winery located smack dab in the middle of a region renowned for high-production everyday table wines.

Suzanne Palazzo, Sales and Tasting Room Manager

Joining David for this discussion of the remarkable Cardella success story is Winemaker Nathan Cardella, winery owner (and Nathan’s father) Rod Cardella, and Sales and Tasting Room Manager Suzanne Palazzo. It’s a great story about great people making great wine!





















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Grape Encounters Episode #392 – Talking Barrels with Ryan Render http://grapeencounters.com/episode-392-talking-barrels-ryan-render/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-392-talking-barrels-ryan-render/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:00:16 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5758 David talks with Ryan Render, Director of Sales for Tonnellerie CADUS North America, as well...

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David talks with Ryan Render, Director of Sales for Tonnellerie CADUS North America, as well as founder and winemaker at Rendarrio Vineyards. Ryan consults with wineries about choosing suitable barrels for their wines. Tonnellerie means barrel-making, or cooperage, and is one of the least understood aspects of winemaking. Ryan has a keen appreciation and understanding of how oak affects winemaking styles and needs.

Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

Closing out the show, it’s Sipping with Sara, talking about the challenges of restaurant’s wines by-the-glass programs, including keg wines, boxes, oxidation and preservation.





















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Episode #391 – Finger Lakes Wine Region Update – Fracked Gas Continues to Fuel Frustration and Fear http://grapeencounters.com/episode-391-finger-lakes-wine-gas-update/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-391-finger-lakes-wine-gas-update/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:00:55 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5749 We’ve been covering the very tense state of affairs in the Finger Lakes wine region...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-391-finger-lakes-wine-gas-update/feed/ 0 We’ve been covering the very tense state of affairs in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York for a couple of years now. It’s an ongoing saga with the potential to have a very unhappy ending if the government doesn’t step in and address the concerns ...
The drama revolves around a company from outside the state that has managed to get permission to store an unprecedented amount of liquid petroleum gas in abandoned salt caves beneath the incredibly beautiful Seneca Lake.

This kind of gas storage has an exceedingly bad track record when it comes to safety, and the threat to both the wine industry and residents of the area is very real to those who are determined to keep the region safe. On this week’s show you’ll get an update from two individuals who live and breathe the issue every single day.

First to join David by phone is one of the key leaders in the effort to stop the storage of fracked gas… Dr. Joseph Campbell. By no means an activist, Dr. Campbell, along with his partner, Yvonne Taylor, became involved in fighting to stop Crestwood Midstream of Houston from building an integrated gas storage and transport hub servicing the Northeast US on the shores of Seneca Lake. Dr. Campbell likes to say even though the out of state company says that the project is completely safe, "There is no right way to do the wrong thing."

Dr. Campbell, now President of Gas Free Seneca Lake provides us with loads of information that will really open your eyes. Scott Osborn, co-owner of Fox Run Vineyards and President of the Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition, follows him on the show. Scott is one of the most respected winemakers in the Finger Lakes and is the past President of the New York Wine Industry Association. Few people have the insight Scott does when it comes to assessing the danger the Crestwood project poses to the wine industry and the community at large.

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Episode #389 – How Winemaker Mark Carter Earned 5 Perfect Scores From Wine Guru Robert Parker! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-389-how-winemaker-mark-carter-earned-5-perfect-scores-from-wine-guru-robert-parker/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-389-how-winemaker-mark-carter-earned-5-perfect-scores-from-wine-guru-robert-parker/#respond Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:00:04 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5738 PERFECTION TO THE 5TH POWER It’s an achievement that most winemakers only dream of… earning...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-389-how-winemaker-mark-carter-earned-5-perfect-scores-from-wine-guru-robert-parker/feed/ 0 PERFECTION TO THE 5TH POWER It’s an achievement that most winemakers only dream of… earning a perfect 100 point score from legendary wine critic Robert Parker. Yes indeed, it’s nearly impossible to earn even one 100 point score during your career. It’s an achievement that most winemakers only dream of… earning a perfect 100 point score from legendary wine critic Robert Parker. Yes indeed, it’s nearly impossible to earn even one 100 point score during your career. But Mark Carter of Carter Cellars and Envy Wines has lots of years ahead of him and he has already earned an incomparable five 100-point scores from Parker.

A personal friend of host David Wilson, Mark had only earned one perfect score when he and David first met. But in the past couple of years, Mark has earned four more perfect scores… which is no surprise to David, who calls Mark’s Coliseum Vineyard Merlot his single favorite wine. However, it wasn’t Merlot that earned Mark these amazing accolades. Mark has really raised the bar when it comes to Napa Cabernet Sauvignons… earning 3 perfect scores in just one year.

Mark and Sheri Carter

So just how much does a perfect score effect the popularity and price of a wine? And how tough is it for a winemaker to remain humble after being crowned an undisputed champion? You’ll find out on this edition of Grape Encounters Radio. Our show ends with an episode of Sippin’ With Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine. If you want to know what varietals to keep your eyes on as they rise to greater prominence among wine lovers, you’ll definitely want to stick with this episode to the very last drop!





















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Episode #388 – What Makes Wine Good? With Sara Schneider http://grapeencounters.com/episode-388-what-makes-wine-good-with-sara-schneider/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-388-what-makes-wine-good-with-sara-schneider/#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:00:33 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5285 David Wilson hosts Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine, to endeavor to answer the...

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David Wilson hosts Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine, to endeavor to answer the impossible question, “What Makes Wine Good?” There are so many factors that determine what an individual’s perception of wine enjoyment vs. assigning a quality assessment, that it really IS an impossible question. David and Sara do their best to debunk pretentious wine geek speak and snobbery about wine ratings from established industry experts, and focus on the freedom of every person to determine for themselves what is a good wine for them.





















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Episode #387 – The Magical Marvelous World of MollyDooker Wines http://grapeencounters.com/episode-387-the-magical-marvelous-world-of-mollydooker-wine/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-387-the-magical-marvelous-world-of-mollydooker-wine/#respond Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:00:42 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5277 On today’s Grape Encounters radio Host David Wilson couldn’t be happier than to spend some...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-387-the-magical-marvelous-world-of-mollydooker-wine/feed/ 0 On today’s Grape Encounters radio Host David Wilson couldn’t be happier than to spend some quality time with two fellas who, along with the mom of the family, are rockin’ the wine world down under… and, thank goodness,
Sparky and Luke Marquis of Mollydooker

David asks Sparky and Luke Marquis (the "s" is NOT silent) about their blending program and most significantly, what it takes for a wine to make it into one of their bottles of Mollydooker wine. In winemaking, it’s more common than not to try to blend imperfections out of a wine. During the show, Sparky makes it clear Mollydooker won’t go down that road and explains the three tests that every wine must pass before it is incorporated into a Mollydooker blend.

This week’s show will give you plenty of insight into the making of their extraordinary wines. In the grand scheme of things, they’re technically a fairly new brand, but in their determination to make wines that suit their personal palates, it turns out than an awful lot of prominent judges and publications share their taste. Accordingly, in recent years, their wines have garnered near perfect scores and have repeatedly been ranked among the world’s top 10 best wines. Despite these extraordinary accomplishments, you’ll be taken aback by how incredibly humble our guests from down under are!

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Episode #386 – How to Gift Wines http://grapeencounters.com/episode-386-gift-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-386-gift-wines/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5154 David brings in an expert in good taste, Chef William Carter, the chef and co-owner...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-386-gift-wines/feed/ 0 David brings in an expert in good taste, Chef William Carter, the chef and co-owner of The Canyon Villa luxury B&B in Paso Robles, CA, and was formerly the Executive Chef (for nearly 29 years) at the fabled Playboy Mansion.
Today, Chef William and his amazing hostess wife Katherine Bloxom, are experts in hosting guests and hobnobbing with many colleagues in the food, wine and hospitality businesses. David and William talk about the best ways to give wine gifts during the holiday season (or any season), to let the receiver know that you really cared about the choice of this wine. Unique presentations, or a little research with notes about the wine can make a real impression! Wishing all our listeners a Happy Holiday Season!






















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Episode #385 – Purple Heart Wines; Completely Dedicated to Thanking and Helping Our Veterans! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-385-purple-heart-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-385-purple-heart-wines/#respond Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:00:42 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5117 It is thoroughly amazing how many ways wine is used to do good things for...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-385-purple-heart-wines/feed/ 0 It is thoroughly amazing how many ways wine is used to do good things for great people. In this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, David strikes up a conversation with winemaker David Grega who is a collaborator in the production of Purple Heart Wines...
David Grega knows an awful lot about the needs and sacrifices of our military veterans. After all, during his tour of duty in Iraq, he dreamed of one day becoming a winemaker. Well, it wasn’t long before David got out of the service and into the vineyard. As a matter of fact, he not only became a winemaker, but specialized in producing upper-tier Napa Valley Cabernets.

After perfecting his craft, he joined the Purple Heart Wine team, and what he and his co-producers have accomplished is simply amazing. Their modestly priced Purple Heart Wine will capture your heart with it’s intense flavors, perfect balance and determination to pamper your palate. The wine is a real winner and the cause it supports is so very important.

Listen in as David talks about his daily duty in Iraq, patrolling what most consider to be the most dangerous road in the region. While on duty, David filled his quiet hours with thoughts of how to become a premium winemaker. It turns out, all that thinking time really paid off!

The show ends with David and Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine sharing their thoughts about “varietal correctness.” This is a really tricky subject that you’ll surely want to consider. So, tune in, uncork and take it all in!





















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Episode #384 – Vintage Wine and Vintage Trailers Provide the Ultimate Winery Experience for Enthusiasts http://grapeencounters.com/episode-384-alta-colina-tinker-tin-trailer-co/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-384-alta-colina-tinker-tin-trailer-co/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:43 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5113 This week on Grape Encounters Radio, Host David Wilson takes the show’s microphones to Alta...

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Alta Colina Winery, managed by father-daughter team Bob and Maggie Tillman, is making quite a reputation for themselves by crafting some of California’s finest Rhone varietal wines. But like so many other wineries around the world, the Tillman’s have been looking for new and highly creative ways to enhance the experience of visitors to the winery.

Accordingly, Alta Colina has teamed up with Tinker Tin Trailers; a local business that restores trailers from bygone eras to mint condition and repurposes the trailers in a variety of unique ways.

To that end, Alta Colina and Tinker Tin have created the ultimate winery visitation experience. Guests can book one of five vintage trailers right smack in the middle of the Alta Colina Vineyard. The trailers have been strategically placed around a charming pond, complete with a dock that provides the perfect sunbathing opportunity. This week’s show was recorded inside two of the trailers as well as the Alta Colina barrel room where David, Maggie and Bob taste through around a dozen of Alta Colina’s fine wines.

At the start of the show, Jamie Holm, co-owner of Tinker Tin Trailer Company joins David inside two of the vintage trailers to give the low-down on the Alta Colina Trailer Pond experience. We guarantee that just a few minutes into the conversation, you’ll be primed and ready for this new and creative way to experience fine wine and the lifestyle it propagates!
Find out more about trailer glamping on the Alta Colina vineyard here: http://altacolinawine.com/visit/#tinker-tin OR here: http://www.tinkertin.com/trailer-pond





















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Episode #383 – Blind Tasting, SOMM and Beyond: Ian Cauble & Sara Schneider http://grapeencounters.com/episode-383-blind-tasting-somm-and-beyond-ian-cauble-sara-schneider/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-383-blind-tasting-somm-and-beyond-ian-cauble-sara-schneider/#respond Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:00:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5107 This week on Grape Encounters, David talks blind tasting with Ian Cauble, star of the...

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This week on Grape Encounters, David talks blind tasting with Ian Cauble, star of the movie SOMM, and Brandon Carneiro, co-founders of SommSelect , along with Sunset Magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider, while they do some blind tasting. They talk about the importance of enjoying wine vs. just identifying the characteristics, a little background on the movie SOMM, and taste some special wines that Sara has pulled out of the new Sunset wine cellar.





















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Episode #382 – Surprising Wine Trends and “I Told You So” Revelations found in the Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-382-sopexa-wine-trade-monitor/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-382-sopexa-wine-trade-monitor/#respond Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:00:40 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5076 Breaking Down the 2016 Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor With Special Guest Pauline Oudin, Managing Director...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-382-sopexa-wine-trade-monitor/feed/ 0 Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset MagazineBreaking Down the 2016 Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor With Special Guest Pauline Oudin, Managing Director of Sopexa USA Sopexa is one of the world’s leading Food and Beverage marketing agencies, Sopexa is one of the world’s leading Food and Beverage marketing agencies, with offices around the globe representing many of the world’s leading food, wine and spirit producers. Every two years, they release the SOPEXA WINE TRADE MONITOR, an international prospective study focusing on still wines. In this study, 1,100 key stakeholders including importers, wholesalers and retailers present their 2-year forecast on market development and key trends.

Pauline Oudin, Managing Director of Sopexa USA

If you are an avid follower of all things wine, then you probably suspect that there are a lot of things changing in the industry in terms of consumer preferences.  Perhaps no one in the industry is more tuned in to the changing tastes of wine consumers than Pauline Oudin, Managing Director of Sopexa USA.

On this week’s Grape Encounters Radio, Pauline joins host David Wilson to review the key findings of the 2016 Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor… a real eye opener that also confirms many of the trends that we have been observing and talking about on Grape Encounters Radio. Among the key findings that David and Pauline discuss during this week’s show are:

* The importance of stocking wines from France.
* The growing influence of Chile as a major force in the wine industry.
* The rising appeal of Spanish wines; especially from Rioja.
* Spain, Chile and Australia as go-to places for attractively priced wines for everyday enjoyment.
* The insatiable thirst of Americans for rosé wines.
* Grenache as the wine varietal to watch.
* The increase of screw cap wine acceptance.

If you want to know what you might be missing out on, this is a definite must-listen-to episode of Grape Encounters, featuring one of the most enlightened executives in the wine industry. You can also check out the Wine Trend Monitor at: http://www.sopexa.com/uploads/566fc-sopexa_wine-trade-monitor_2016_en.pdf





















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Episode #381 – The Secret of Pairing Wine and Indian Spices http://grapeencounters.com/episode-381-neeta-mittal-pairing-wine-indian-spices/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-381-neeta-mittal-pairing-wine-indian-spices/#respond Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:00:28 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5039 In this very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, David Wilson hosts Neeta Mittal, co-owner...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-381-neeta-mittal-pairing-wine-indian-spices/feed/ 0 Neeta Mittal, Int’l Wine & Spice Pairing Expert, Co-owner of LXV Wines - In this very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, David Wilson hosts Neeta Mittal, co-owner with her husband Kunal Mittal of LXV Wines,
In this very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, David Wilson hosts Neeta Mittal, co-owner with her husband Kunal Mittal of LXV Wines, who is an international expert in pairing wine and Indian spices. The charming Neeta dispels misconceptions about curries, the importance of tasting food and wine at the same time, and little-known pairing secrets. Find out more about LXV Wines at https://www.lxvwine.com/ and email Neeta at neeta@lxvwine.com.

Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine

In “Sipping with Sara,” David and Sunset Magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider get serious about drinking and driving under the influence. Please enjoy responsibly!





















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Episode #380 – Want to Expand Your Wine Expertise? The Merits of Asking the Right Pros and SommCon http://grapeencounters.com/episode-380-wine-education-and-sommcon/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-380-wine-education-and-sommcon/#respond Sat, 05 Nov 2016 15:00:59 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5033 Featuring Wine Guru Wes Hagen This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson is pleased to...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-380-wine-education-and-sommcon/feed/ 0 Featuring Wine Guru Wes Hagen Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher - This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson is pleased to welcome long-time show alumni Wes Hagen, Winemaker and Brand Ambassador for J. Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher

This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson is pleased to welcome long-time show alumni Wes Hagen, Winemaker and Brand Ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines in the Santa Maria Valley, on the Central Coast of California. Over the past couple of months, David has talked about a wine education event coming up November 16-19 in San Diego, California that truly sets the bar to a very high level. SommCon 2016 is an opportunity for wine and spirits professionals as well as serious enthusiasts to be immersed in knowledge shared by the very finest minds in the industry… Wes included.

The most important event for wine and beverage professionals as well as serious wine enthusiasts!

The challenge for many who aspire to learn more about wine is the notion that there is so very much you can learn, but there are also a lot of directions you can go. That’s not always an easy thing to figure out. A long-time wine educator, Wes tells us about the merits of pursuing Master Sommelier and WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) certification as well as other learning opportunities that can put you on the fact track to where you want to go.

Know for his very pragmatic and relatable style of teaching, if there was ever anyone in the wine business you’d like to advise you on how to get from point A to point B, it’s Wes Hagen. By the way, Wes has been the author/co-author of 3 AVAs. We don’t know of any other winemaker who has accomplished that feat. And if you’re not sure what that means, Wes will explain it all to you at SommCon!





















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Episode #379 – The Magically Marvelous Wines of Mollydooker http://grapeencounters.com/episode-379-grape-encounters-mollydooker/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-379-grape-encounters-mollydooker/#respond Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5009 On today’s Grape Encounters radio Host David Wilson couldn’t be happier than to spend some...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-379-grape-encounters-mollydooker/feed/ 0 On today’s Grape Encounters radio Host David Wilson couldn’t be happier than to spend some quality time with two fellas who, along with the mom of the family, are rockin’ the wine world down under… and, thank goodness,
Sparky and Luke Marquis of Mollydooker

David asks Sparky and Luke Marquis about their blending program and most significantly, what it takes for a wine to make it into one of their bottles of Mollydooker wine. In winemaking, it’s more common than not to try to blend imperfections out of a wine. During the show, Sparky makes it clear Mollydooker won’t go down that road and explains the three tests that every wine must pass before it is incorporated into a Mollydooker blend.

This week’s show will give you plenty of insight into the making of their extraordinary wines. In the grand scheme of things, they’re technically a fairly new brand, but in their determination to make wines that suit their personal palates, it turns out than an awful lot of prominent judges and publications share their taste. Accordingly, in recent years, their wines have garnered near perfect scores and have repeatedly been ranked among the world’s top 10 best wines. Despite these extraordinary accomplishments, you’ll be taken aback by how incredibly humble our guests from down under are!

 

Find out more about Mollydooker here: https://www.mollydookerwines.com.au/Home/tabid/56/Default.aspx





















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Episode #378 – The Chappellet Family Wines http://grapeencounters.com/episode-378-chappellet-family-wines/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-378-chappellet-family-wines/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:00:29 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=5004 The Unlikely Tale of a Student and Professor Reunited Through the Grapevine, meet Alexa Chappellet...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-378-chappellet-family-wines/feed/ 0 The Unlikely Tale of a Student and Professor Reunited Through the Grapevine, meet Alexa Chappellet Flagler! NOTE: This episode of Grape Encounters from earlier in the year was so popular that we had many requests to replay it, so here you are! - NOTE: This episode of Grape Encounters from earlier in the year was so popular that we had many requests to replay it, so here you are!

A few decades ago, a professor in his early 20s teaching at Pepperdine University’s breathtakingcampus in Malibu California had a student in his speech and debate class who was the daughter of one of the Napa Valley’s pioneering winemakers. The instructor, whose infatuation with fine wine was in its infancy, recognized the name of the student, but didn’t know enough about the wine industry at the time to realize how important the name was to the birth of the California wine industry.

Alexa Chappellet Flagler

Today, that professor, focuses virtually all of his energy on wine education. As a matter of fact, he is the host of this show. The student is Alexa Chappellet who, along with her siblings, now owns and operates the winery founded by her parents.

Thanks to Facebook’s uncanny ability to reestablish relationships that might have otherwise remained dormant, David Wilson, host of Grape Encounters, and Alexa Chappellet Flagler, had the opportunity to sit down together and catch up on what has transpired over the past 30 odd years.

It’s a delightful conversation that not only gives listeners a behind the scenes peak at the early days of modern Napa winemaking, but it also offers an up-close and personal look at just how far things have come in a relatively short period of time.

This week on Grape Encounters Radio, an aspiring student of public speaking takes to the microphone with her former teacher, and the teacher finds himself in the odd position of following in a student’s footsteps!





















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Episode #377 – Grape Encounters Lends its Support to a REVOLT in the Wine World! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-377-grape-encounters-revolt-wine-co/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-377-grape-encounters-revolt-wine-co/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:00:48 +0000 http://grapeencounters.com/?p=4998 Introducing Revolt Wine Co. and their mission to inspire others through the power of music...

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http://grapeencounters.com/episode-377-grape-encounters-revolt-wine-co/feed/ 0 Introducing Revolt Wine Co. and their mission to inspire others through the power of music & wine. - What happens when a young couple from the Midwest moves across the country to chase their dreams? On this edition of Grape Encounters Radio,
What happens when a young couple from the Midwest moves across the country to chase their dreams? On this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, you’ll be introduced to Heather Hudson who, along with her husband Steve, recognized the synergy between music and wine. Theirs is a story of innovation and imagination set in an environment of fine, handcrafted wines accompanied by equally innovative and breakthrough music.

Heather loves to share how she and Steve put into action perhaps the most famous admonition of Henry David Thoreau, “Live the life you imagine.”

Heather and Steve Hudson of the REVOLT Wine Co.

For Heather, the Revolt brand symbolizes casting aside anything holding you back.  To that end, the Hudsons encourage others to, “Express yourself.  Seize the moment.  Live on the edge.  Have no regrets.  Take time to enjoy the music.  Move forward in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve always imagined.”

Heather and Steve bottle and produce their wines in Napa but run their operation hundreds of miles south in San Diego, CA.  By design, Revolt Wines has no tasting room. Instead, they travel around the country throwing events and partnering with the music community. Heather says, “We work with a different band or artist each quarter and send a special hand-written, inspirational note from them in our wine club shipments that we send to fans across the country. It’s really powerful to be sipping on great wine and receive an inspirational note from your favorite band. It makes anything seem possible.”

If inspiration is contagious, then you’ll likely come down with a serious case of it, after listening to this edition of Grape Encounters Radio!





















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Episode #376 – SommCon 2016: Full Immersion Wine Education at its Finest! http://grapeencounters.com/episode-376-sommcon-2016-full-immersion-wine-education-at-its-finest/ http://grapeencounters.com/episode-376-sommcon-2016-full-immersion-wine-education-at-its-finest/#respond Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:00:45 +0000