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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...

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Episode #453 – Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval

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

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Certified Sustainable Winegrowing

Episode #452 – Classiest US Party Cities and Sustainable Winegrowing

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

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World of Pinot Noir and Christopher Sawyer

Episode #451 – Chris Sawyer and the World of Pinot Noir

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/     Download this episode

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Episode #450 – You too, Can Be a Winemaker, and more on Vinome

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

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Episode #440 – The Sensation of Innovation: The V-Spin Aerating Decanter and a Sampler of an Entire Wine Region

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

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WIne Enthusiast Top Ten Travel Destinations

Episode #444 – Wine Enthusiast Editors Share Their Top Wine Travel Destinations

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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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Episode #443 – The World Wine Guys

David talks with MIKE DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys, who are wine, spirits, food, and travel writers, educators, and hosts. They are award-winning journalists as well as best-selling and award-winning authors. They have been featured guests on the TODAY Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Better TV, and the CBS,

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Episode #439 – The Winemakers of Paso Robles and Atlas Wine

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

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