J. Wilkes Wine

Episode #503 – Wes Hagen

David hosts longtime friend and wine expert, Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador at J. Wilkes Wines on the Central Coast, as well as a noted wine judge, lecturer and educator. Wes has the unique ability to have condensed the History of Wine into a two-minute talk. Listen to hear it! Download this episode

Episode #380 – Want to Expand Your Wine Expertise? The Merits of Asking the Right Pros and SommCon

Featuring Wine Guru Wes Hagen This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson is pleased to welcome long-time show alumni Wes Hagen, Winemaker and Brand Ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines in the Santa Maria Valley, on the Central Coast of California. Over the past couple of months, David has talked about a wine education event coming

Episode #337 – What does 2016 hold in store for the wine world?

On today’s show, the Renaissance Man of Winemaking, Wes Hagen, joins his dear friend David Wilson to toss out some predictions about what wine lovers might be able to expect in the year 2016.  Wes is always full of revelations and this conversation is no different.  What would you like to see happen in the

Episode #331 – What is the WHY of Wine?

This week, we are treated with a visit from Wes Hagen to the Grape Encounters Studio and Emporium Wine Bar & Shop in the Central Coast. Wes has just experienced the Vinthesis™ blending experience, and gives his stamp of approval to David’s methods and madness. And then lets loose with what we consider to be

Episode #325 – Let’s Not Sugarcoat the News About Vintage 2015

The most highly reported story from the wine industry this year is the harvest of 2015 and the impact the severe 4-year west coast drought has had on production. If you’re a wine enthusiast, chances are you don’t know who to believe. Some say the production is not off all that much, while grape growers

Episode #321 – What is the WHY of Wine?

This week, we are treated with a visit from Wes Hagen to the Grape Encounters Studio and Emporium Wine Bar & Shop in the Central Coast. Wes has just experienced the Vinthesis™ blending experience, and gives his stamp of approval to David’s methods and madness. And then lets loose with what we consider to be

Episode 42 – “The Bitter Aftertaste of Wine Metaphors” is Online!

Hey Grape Encounters fans! This week’s episode is on the web and on iTunes Music Store, and you are going to love it!

This week, David takes issue with wine descriptions that leave consumers scratching their heads in bewilderment. So he brings renowned winemaker and wine judge Wes Hagen in to translate the verbosity of some of these absolutely silly wine descriptions. Plus, Wes lets listeners know what amazing cellar-stocking deals are going on right now.