Episode #281 – Taking the Intimidation Out of Wine AND Having the Patience to Let it Age

David talks with Charlottesville, VA restaurateur and Sommelier Justin Ross about his determination to take the intimidation of ordering wine in his restaurant Parallel 38. Justin uses new technology that enables him to serve every single wine on his extensive list by the glass. Want two ounces of Opus One? You can get it with

Grape Encounters Em•POUR•ium Wine Bar and Shop Now Open

Grape Encounters is pleased to announce the opening of our Grape Encounters Em•POUR•ium Wine Bar and Wine Shop in the heart of the Central Coast. We are carrying international wines as well as local small-producers that don’t have their own tasting rooms or distribution channels. (The best local wines you’ve never tasted!) In addition, we

Episode #280 – How Much Do You Know About That Wine?

This week’s Grape Encounters is all about knowledge. The show begins with a very special interview with Paul Draper, the chief winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards, a true icon in the winemaking world. Those who love Zinfandel certainly owe Paul a debt of gratitude, as he has been a central figure in the elevation

Episode #277 – Robotic Wine Tasting, Online Wine Appraisal and Wine News

There’s a new expert in the wine tasting world – and it never has to spit. “The Mini Mouth” is an artificial tongue that can “taste” wine, measure and analyze the chemistry of tannins and astringency that affect the human experience. Researchers at Arhaus University in Denmark have developed a nanosensor which can measure how

Episode #276 – SOMM, Sara and the Secret to Tasting Wine

Last year, a fascinating documentary detailed the experiences of four sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test less than 200 people have passed, and which has one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The movie SOMM gives us personal insight into the intensity with which they study, taste and

Episode #275 – Vote Your Wine Rights!

Prohibition-Era Wine Laws, Illegal Volunteering and Latest Wine News David speaks with Rob Ikard, President and CEO of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association in Tennessee, which is leading the charge to bring about some very significant changes in the laws governing the purchase of wine in the volunteer state. Currently in thirty-five states,

Episode #274 – In Defense of Cheap Wines, Powerful Pinots and the Truth About Vinegar

How come so many people claim their wine has “turned to vinegar” when such an occurrence is nearly impossible without intervention? This week’s show not only sets the record straight on the subject of wine turning to vinegar with husband and wife vinegar experts Cari and Craig Clark, owners of Chaparral Gardens.  In the segment,

Uncorked #727 – Winning with Wine

Last week, New York Knicks NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire tweeted a picture of himself soaking in something most of us only dream of… and usually it takes more than a couple of glasses of wine to cause our minds to wander that far.

Episode #273 – “Hey Lucy, You Got Some Stainin’ To Do!”

Stomping Grapes and Shattering Records in NY It is by far and away the most memorable and imitated comedic wine-themed moment in television and motion picture history. And what made it even more special was the fact that not a single word needed to be uttered to make the scene magical. Last week in Jamestown