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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…

WIne Spectator Top 100

Episode #437 – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list

This is host David Wilson’s favorite time of the ear because it’s when the top wine publications release their top 100 wine lists for the year. On this episode of Grape Encounters, David is thrilled to sift through the list released by Wine Spectator magazine with Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson. This list features wines that

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Boxxle Wine Dispenser

Episode #434 – Holiday Wine and Boxxle: Premium Bag-In-Box Wine Dispenser

“Winter White, Holiday Red or something else instead”  David shares ideas on how to get the most out of your holiday wine and food pairings. When fall rolls in, our taste in wine changes gradually, but before too long, the whites are all but gone and the heartier reds take their place. The exceptions are

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Napa Valley Entertaining

Episode #435 – Napa Valley Entertaining with Blakesley Chappellet

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.

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Episode #432 – Château La France and Château 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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Episode #430 – Recovering from the Fires

From one of the first wineries to be declared lost to the fire, David talks with Katrina Frey of Frey Vineyards in Redwood Valley about the effects, losses and plans for recovery from the devastating wildfires. Frey Vineyards is America’s first organic and biodynamic winery producing award-winning vegan, gluten-free wines with no added sulfites since

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WILDFIRES

Episode #429 – Wild Fires In Wine Country

David talks with Chris Sawyer [Sommelier to the Stars) and Jeff Davis of KSRO about the effects of the wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other northern counties. Download this episode

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Vinome

Episode #428 – VINOME Lets Your DNA be Your Sommelier!

Genome – vinome? Grape Encounters host David Wilson has long insisted that our taste in wine is no simple accident. For years, David has been noting the relationship between things we love (and hate) in our everyday world and our preferences in wine. David frequently asks listeners to tell him their preferences in music, film,

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Episode #427 – Natural Cork Making a Big Comeback

Well, it wasn’t all that long ago that wines with screw cap enclosures began to flood wine stores in a very big way. Most fine wine drinkers resisted the trend for a while but, in the end, boycotting the metal cap meant missing out on some very good wines with natural corks. Today, things are

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Anderson Valley

Episode #422 – Meet Two Anderson Valley Superstars: Husch Vineyards and Foursight Wines!

Leading up to Winesong 2017, this week’s show features two top participants from the remarkable Anderson Valley. First up is Zac Robinson of Husch Vineyards. Husch was founded in 1971 and is the oldest winery in the Valley. The vineyards are comprised of some of the earliest varietal plantings on the valley floor. In 1967

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Bristols Cider

Episode #421 – Cider vs Wine… Closer Relative than We Thought?

Erich Fleck, Head Cider Maker at Bristols Cider House came to the Cider business by way of the wine business. The funny thing is, Erich quickly learned that there are more similarities than differences between making cider and making wine. If ever there was a crash course in Cider making, and its similarities to wine

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