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?
One-on-one with Laurent Montalieu, Founder of Hyland Estates in the Willamette Valley This edition of Grape Encounters is the first in a long-anticipated month-long series recorded in the famed Willamette Valley wine of Northwest Oregon. It’s a place where you’ll find true winemaking pioneers who have no inclination to copy what their counterparts in other
Meet Blakesley Chappellet, Author of Napa Valley Entertaining If you think Napa Valley Wines are amazing, you should see how the vintners of America’s premiere wine region party! The term “Napa Style” can often be heard in conjunction with entertaining, decorating and even dressing in a way that reflects the nature of the legendary valley.
In a very special edition of Grape Encounters Radio, Host David Wilson spends a few very special days at the home of the Chappellet Family in California’s Napa Valley. This family interview is significant for two reasons. First, Chappellet family members are commemorating a very important milestone; the 50 year anniversary of a family-operated winery
Behind the Scenes of the Winery that American Idol Helped Build: The Villa San-Juliette Jeep Tour and Tasting You’ve got to imagine that when the former producers of American Idol built their winery, they weren’t content to be just another tasting room. To that end, they are giving fans of the brand an opportunity to
A Peak Into Christian’s Crystal Ball! French Winemaker Christian Roguenant is literally a walking encyclopedia of wine. If you’ve got a question, Christian has an answer. That’s why Grape Encounters Radio Host David Wilson loves any opportunity to sit down with someone he truly sees as a master of the winemaking craft. On this occasion,
How Delia Viader Challenged Conventional Wisdom and Came Out On Top! Today’s episode of Grape Encounters introduces you to one of the very finest producers of Bordeaux Varietal in the Napa Valley… and frankly, in the world. For more than 30 years, Delia Viader, founder of Viader Vineyards and Winery, has been a trailblazer among
ENCORE PRESENTATION by Popular Demand! One-On-One with Xavier De Eizaguirre, Chairman of Vinexpo Bordeaux, Europe’s Biggest Wine Soiree! This June, Bordeaux will host the most stylish wine industry show in the world, Vinexpo 2017. Vinexpo is the gold standard when it comes to wine and spirit trade expositions, drawing nearly 50,000 buyers from around the
We can think of no one in the wine industry so fully charged with creativity, so committed to the notion of never saying never, and so delightfully engaging and charming as Jean-Charles Boisset. His friends call him JCB… and yes, he has a multitude of friends. He’s a character that gets things done with a
Episode #403 – Toby Halkovich of Cakebread Cellars Talks Sustaining a Legendary Brand by Sustaining Incomparable Land
As we dig deeper into our month-long discussion of sustainability, Host David Wilson put one very acclaimed Napa winery on his MUST-VISIT bucket list. Cakebread Cellars is one of those premium wineries that simply does not disappoint. They are the embodiment of winemaking perfection. You see the label and it really doesn’t matter what varietals
Bubbling Over with Pride: Down to Earth Month and American Champagne Producer Korbel Shares Their Unbending Commitment to Sustainability This week on Grape Encounters Radio, Rick Marson, the Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Manager at legendary Korbel Champagne Cellars talks about why his company is so determined to protect and nurture the land that produces