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“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...

Yes! It’s OK to 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...

That Wine Whiff is Worthless!

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...

Wine Metaphors Gone Terribly Wrong!

A metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a...

Episode #513 – Family-friendly Wineries

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. Download this episode

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Wine trends with Wes Hagen

Episode #512 – Wine Trends with Wes Hagen

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 for J. Wilkes in the Santa Ynez Valley of

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Episode #511 – Stop the Wine Pretentiousness!

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, there’s just a whole lot of people out there calling themselves the grand guru of all things wine

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Episode #510 – Keith Roberts of the Young Dubliners and Hakone Gardens

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, you’ll hear the answer in episode 510 of Grape Encounters Radio. Keith Roberts is the

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Sacramento Food and WIne

Episode #509 – The Sacramento Wine & Food Scene

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, this northern California city is becoming equally well known as a food and wine lover’s paradise, and there’s probably no better

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WIne COuntry Table book

Episode #508 – The New Book: Wine Country Table

If you’re into wine. one of the most important concepts and subjects of conversation is “sustainability.” It’s something that most people have had a tough time wrapping their arms around, but in today’s episode of Grape Encounters Radio, you’ll be able to bring the sustainability concept into your kitchen with the help of Alison Jordan,

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Cooper Gerrod Estate Vineyards

Episode #507 – Horseback Riding at Cooper-Gerrod Estate Vineyards

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 Manager takes David through the vineyards, trotting past Cab Franc and Chardonnay grapes and California

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Carter House Inns, Grape Encounters

Episode #506 – Best of Oregon: Carter House Inns and Devitt Winery

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

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