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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

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.

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

Gladiator in a Can, Adam LaZarre

Episode #438 – Cycles Gladiator in a Can

It wasn’t that long ago that Grape Encounters host David Wilson would cringe at the idea of putting fine wine in a can, in fact, there are many past episodes of Grape Encounters where David literally rants about the thought of doing such a vile thing. Well, sometimes it takes a respected colleague to get

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

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

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

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