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
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
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?
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. But Mark Carter of Carter Cellars and Envy Wines has lots of years ahead
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
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, sending plenty of their world renowned Mollydooker wines to the US. Imagine, having your wines rated among
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
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; a delicious blend that gives much of its profit to the
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.
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
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
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
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