“Wine Lover’s Remorse” Be Gone!

I’d like to share with you 8 things that have the potential to significantly improve your wine drinking experience and that of your wine-drinking guests.  I’m sharing this information because it happens to the best of us…  Let’s call it: “WINE LOVER’S REMORSE.” It’s when pricey bottles of wine purchased at the winery just don’t

Read More

Yes! Tinker with Your Wine!

By David Wilson Nearly two decades ago, I had a life-changing wine experience. I was on the Island of St. Martin in the Caribbean with a group travelers who were enjoying an incentive trip hosted by an LA radio station.  Several members of our group were partying around the pool on a picture-perfect night.  Most

Read More

The Worthless Whiff

The server opens the bottle and hands the cork to someone at the table.  The recipient sniffs the cork and gives a tumbs up!  How to look silly without really trying, after this! It’s kind of like what you might do if you were suddenly face to face with the Pope… Do you bow?  Curtsey?

Read More
Wine GIft

Episode #386 – How to Gift Wines

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. It was nearly three decades of preparing sumptuous foods and choosing sensational wines for the

Trailers in the Vineyard

Episode #384 – Vintage Wine and Vintage Trailers Provide the Ultimate Winery Experience for Enthusiasts

This week on Grape Encounters Radio, Host David Wilson takes the show’s microphones to Alta Colina Winery in Paso Robles, CA to showcase the ultimate wine appreciation experience. 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.

Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor

Episode #382 – Surprising Wine Trends and “I Told You So” Revelations found in the Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor!

Breaking 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, 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


Episode #380 – Want to Expand Your Wine Expertise? The Merits of Asking the Right Pros and SommCon

Featuring Wine Guru Wes Hagen 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