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

Artevino Bottle

Episode #502 – Tom Rodrigues: Pinot, Prizes, Pigs and Packaging

David hosts Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and renowned artist, founder of Artevino wines and Maple Creek Winery. Maple Creek Ranch and Winery was established in the spring of 2001. Tom, an artist for more than four decades, decided to leave his hectic Marin County life and settle in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, the premier

Tim Hanni, WHy You Like The WInes You Like

Episode #501 – Tim Hanni, Master of Wine

David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines throughout his career and especially recently with his maverick ideas and opinions on wine and the industry’s inherent fallacies about wine tastes and wine & food pairings. Tim has a great book out, Why You Like the Wines You Like:

Grape Encounters 500th Episode

Episode #500 – Anniversary Show with Keith Saarloos and Dave Van Dyke

Grape Encounters Radio 500th Episode! Wow, we can hardly believe it! David has on Keith Saarloos of Saarloos & Sons Winery in Los Olivos, CA. Keith was on the very first episode, and many more in between, and as Grape Encounters Radio has eveolved, so has Saarloos & Sons. Next, the man who inspired David

Michael Mondavi

Episode #499 – Michael Mondavi

This may be the single most mesmerizing episode of Grape Encounters Radio ever, and we think you will probably agree with us. This week, in a reprise from 2017, Grape Encounters Host David Wilson takes you to the home of legendary winemaker Michael Mondavi, co-founder of the world’s most recognizable family brand. When Michael teamed

Episode #498 – Brittany Hahn of Houssels Hahn

David talks with Brittany Hahn of San Diego, about wine cellars, wine collecting and all sorts of things. Her Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty real estate company, along with her partner Anna Houssels, Houssels Hahn, is located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Brittany has extensive experience in the wine industry, her last position in the industry

Episode #497 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Abacela Winery and Dancin Vineyards

David talks with Sarahanne Driggs, Event Coordinator & Marketing Director of The Oregon Wine Experience, a multi-day event featuring the full breadth and depth Oregon wines, amazing culinary creations and everything that makes Oregon unique. The 2019 event is August 19-25, 2019, in lovely Jacksonville, Oregon. Last year they had record breaking representation from across

LaZarre WInes

Episode #496 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre

David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife Angie have been making their own wines for

Episode #495 – Catena Zapata and Kathleen Bershad, Author

David talks about Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and Board, about Catena Wines and her family’s play… It all began with the label. “For most wineries, labels are just marketing tools designed to quickly catch the eye from a store shelf,” says Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director of Argentina’s

Quality WIne Barrels Feature

Episode #494 – Quality Wine Barrels

David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo Grande, CA. While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart

Public Radio WIne, Grounded WIne Company

Episode #493 – The Grounded Wine Company

David talks with Josh Phelps of the Grounded Wine Company in Paso Robles, makes of the new wine “Public Radio.” Grounded Wine Co. is the personal brand of Napa native Josh Phelps, built to reflect his experience growing up in wine country, and his relationships in the wine community. A grassroots, all-American, wine label, the