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Total Wine Sponsors Grape Encounters

Grape Encounters Radio, the leading nationwide wine-radio and podcasting network, proudly announces the beginning of a sponsorship agreement with the nation’s largest retailer of fine wine, Total Wine & More….

“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 #504 – Brent Keast

Host David Wilson chats with Brent Keast, a new addition to Grape Encounters Radio, all about radio, wine and wine pairing with food. Download this episode

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J. Wilkes Wine

Episode #503 – Wes Hagen

David hosts longtime friend and wine expert, Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador at J. Wilkes Wines on the Central Coast, as well as a noted wine judge, lecturer and educator. Wes has the unique ability to have condensed the History of Wine into a two-minute talk. Listen to hear it! Download this episode

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Artevino Bottle

Episode #502 – Tom Rodrigues: Pinot, Prizes, Pigs and Packaging

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

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Tim Hanni, WHy You Like The WInes You Like

Episode #501 – Tim Hanni, Master of Wine

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:

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Grape Encounters 500th Episode

Episode #500 – Anniversary Show with Keith Saarloos and Dave Van Dyke

Grape Encounters Radio 500th Episode! Wow, we can hardly believe it! 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

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Michael Mondavi

Episode #499 – Michael Mondavi

This may be the single most mesmerizing episode of Grape Encounters Radio ever, and we think you will probably agree with us. This week, in a reprise from 2017, Grape Encounters Host David Wilson takes you to the home of legendary winemaker Michael Mondavi, co-founder of the world’s most recognizable family brand. When Michael teamed

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Episode #498 – Brittany Hahn of Houssels Hahn

David talks with Brittany Hahn of San Diego, about wine cellars, wine collecting and all sorts of things. Her Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty real estate company, along with her partner Anna Houssels, Houssels Hahn, is located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Brittany has extensive experience in the wine industry, her last position in the industry

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Episode #497 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Abacela Winery and Dancin Vineyards

David talks with Sarahanne Driggs, Event Coordinator & Marketing Director of The Oregon Wine Experience, a multi-day event featuring the full breadth and depth 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

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LaZarre WInes

Episode #496 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre

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

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Episode #495 – Catena Zapata and Kathleen Bershad, Author

David talks about Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and Board, about Catena Wines and her family’s play… 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

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